Community Broadband Media Roundup - July 22


Government grant will help provide broadband access to Coosa County residents by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News

Scofield: ‘Broadband is our infrastructure challenge of the 21st century’ — Crucial ‘to save some of the best areas of this state’ by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News



Farmers call for better broadband in rural California by Kevin Hecteman, Ag Alert

"There's a nexus between cellphone usage, which more and more the ag community is dependent on, and having a strong backbone of broadband," he added. "As time progresses, this becomes less of an equality issue and more of an issue of public safety, and compromises ability for businesses and public entities to provide core mandated services."



The cost of things: For some Iowans, no Internet choice at any cost by Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette 

City seeks input on broadband communication by Chad Thompson, The Messenger



Program helping expand reach of Kentucky's high-speed fiber optic network by Fred Pace, Herald-Dispatch



Eight ConnectME broadband grants awarded to towns, regions, MaineBiz

Broadband is critical to spur innovation, create opportunity, and build a strong, diverse economy — especially in rural Maine,” said Gov. Janet Mills in a Friday news release from ConnectME.



Rural broadband catching up but has miles to go by Brooks Johnson, Duluth News Tribune


North Carolina

Commissioners to decide on Internet grant by Sharon McBrayer, The News Herald



Why this business at Northeast Philly Airport has to pay $500-600 a month for slow Internet by Bob Fernandez, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Leaders call for statewide broadband access, The Daily Item 

Leaders statewide join Wolf to call for statewide broadband access by Bill O’Boyle, Times Leader


Puerto Rico

The strategic exclusion of Puerto Rico’s data from the Broadband Deployment Report by Alisa Valentin and Ivonne Santiago Lopez, Public Knowledge



FCC funds rural Internet access in 89 Texas counties by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle



Which Utah County cities have the highest broadband Internet connectivity? By Stacy Johnson, Daily Herald



Franklin County using mix of strategies to expand broadband to rural areas by Casey Fabris, The Roanoke Times

Their view: Broadband access is essential for community banks by Leton L. Harding Jr., Herald Courier



Ajit Pai’s new gift to cable companies would kill local fees and rules by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Rural community broadband benefit by Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer 

Locally run ISPs offer the fastest broadband in America by Karl Bode, Vice 

The United States of Broadband map by Ross Schulman and Georgia Bullen, New America 

FCC gives ISPs another $563 million to build rural-broadband networks by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica