Community Broadband Media Roundup - July 15


Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told by Miranda Faulkner, Cronkite News



Santa Clarita looks to expand high-speed Internet options, The Signal 



Duggan: Fort Collins gears up for city-owned broadband service launch by Kevin Duggan, Fort Collins Coloradoan



Boothbay selectmen seek more feedback about broadband access by Bill Pearson, Boothbay Register



Nonprofit view: MAGIC supports Westminster's tech economy by Amy Rupp and Robert Wach, Baltimore Sun



State of Michigan offering $20 million in grant funding to expand rural broadband access by Lauren Gibbons, Michigan Live



'Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind': Minnesotans tell Congress by Dana Ferguson, Red Wing Republican Eagle

"Broadband can level the playing field between urban and rural as never before," Hengel said. "I believe broadband is the interstate highway system of our generation. Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind."

Mollgaard touts need for rural broadband, Red Wing Republican Eagle

Border to Border 2.0: Minnesota’s broadband reboot by Matt Schmit, The Daily Yonder



Editorial: Missouri takes center stage in rural broadband debate, by Eric Bohl, The Rolla Daily News

Intercounty making progress on broadband, receiving calls from Salem area by Craig Montgomery, Salem News Online 


New Hampshire

N.H. rural communities continue to struggle with access to broadband by Rick Ganley and Mary McIntyre, NHPR



Many Americans in small towns still struggling to access affordable broadband, NewsGram



Studying gaps in broadband service across Peninsula would be focus of grant by Paul Gottlieb, Peninsula Daily News



Broadband competition arrives in the Hill City, News & Advance 



Powellink was a risk: Did it pay off? By Kevin Killough, Powell Tribune 

“If we are a community that can deliver very high-speed Internet, that is enticing to businesses and people looking to relocate,” he said. “I do feel that today’s generations and future generations consider Internet as a utility just like water, sewer, gas and electric.”

Thorington said that prior to Powellink, the incumbent Internet service providers were not investing in the local network and insisted Powell did not need to increase Internet speeds. Since Powellink went online, many ISPs in the region have increased speeds and invested more in the network.



5G in five (not so) easy pieces by Tom Wheeler, Brookings 

Killing net neutrality rules did far more harm than you probably realize by Karl Bode, TechDirt

“This is crazy”: FCC kills part of San Francisco’s broadband-competition law by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Today's FCC decision "stop[s] efforts in California designed to encourage competition in multi-tenant environments," FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said at today's meeting. "Specifically, we say to the city of San Francisco—where more than half of the population rents their housing, often in multi-tenant units—that they cannot encourage broadband competition. This is crazy."

For rural broadband, sometimes cities must step in by Teresa Krug, Voice for America

Net neutrality was repealed a year ago — what’s happened since? By Zachary Mack, The Verge