Community Broadband Media Roundup - March 9


Thousands in San Jose lack Internet access. Here’s how the city plans to change that by Maggie Angst, The Mercury News



USDA invests $3.4 million in broadband for rural Illinois communities, Agrinews 



Eastern Mississippi co-op considering offering broadband, The Sacramento Bee 

A Mississippi electric utility cooperative (4-County Electric Power Association) is considering whether to provide its customers with broadband internet more than a year after a state law allowed co-ops to offer the services.


North Carolina

Here's what new report has to say about North Carolina’s broadband expansion, WRAL TechWire 



Bridging the digital divide in Youngstown is a work in progress by Justin Dennis, Mahoning Matters



Westmoreland and other counties identify Internet access as critical need, plan service expansion by Kris B. Mamula, Post-Gazette 



USDA grant could help hundreds in rural Walker County get broadband by Joseph Brown, Government Technology 

As technology advances, we continue working to make our distribution system smarter and more robust.” MidSouth CEO Kerry Kelton. “Being able to add fiber across our utility network will allow us to modernize operations and enhance our awareness about what’s happening across our system. This enhances our response times during outages and improve reliability.



Spanberger announces broadband project for central Virginia by Darnell Myrick 



How states are expanding broadband access, PEW


Bridging digital divides between schools and communities by Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings

Even in communities with exceptional broadband in their schools, how are student experiences affected when nearby institutions and establishments, including libraries, churches and other public facilities, have limited digital resources and connectivity? How does this impact students’ ability to share the digital experiences learned in school to the community?


Want to solve America’s problems? Start with broadband by Adrianne Benton Furniss, Fortune


In rural areas, private partnerships waste no time in closing the digital divide by Adrienne Patton, Broadband Breakfast 


Why rural broadband no longer be an oxymoron by Rob Pegoraro, Fast Company