Community Broadband Media Roundup - November 26


Napa County worried about spotty cell, Internet service, especially in emergencies by Barry Eberling, Napa Valley Register



Muni broadband provider Dalton Utilities/OptiLink launches $80 gigabit broadband by Phil Britt, Telecompetitor



FCC says satellite connectivity is good enough for rural Iowans. It’s not. by Katie Kienbaum, Des Moines Register

In more than 10 years of working with communities to improve Internet access, we have never found a household that chooses satellite when they have a wired option for broadband. But the FCC wants to claim that the 1 million Iowans who have a cable monopoly and one or two satellite options live in a thriving market.



Cumberland County picks consultant to develop broadband ‘playbook’ by J. Craig Anderson, Portland Press Herald 


North Carolina

Franklin County names consultant for broadband master plan by Casey Fabris, The Roanoke Times


Rhode Island

Pieces falling together for broadband by Lars Trodson, Block Island Times



County looks to bring broadband to rural communities by Jason Dunovant, The Franklin News Post



Internet co-op formed to build fiber optic cable infrastructure by Charley Preusser,



Laramie selected for broadband acceleration program by Matt Diffie, Laramie Live



Coalition looks to end rural digital divide by David Geiger, Agribusiness Report

How wired is your Dallas office? New certification lets building owners stand out by Melissa Repko, Dallas News

He said that Internet and mobile connectivity, historically a tenant problem, is now “an opportunity for landlords to differentiate their building."

USDA's rural broadband plan met with citizen criticism, concerns, KUNC

FCC to release report wednesday telling you if your broadband provider is screwing you [update: here it is!] by Jennings Brown, Gizmodo

Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Rural Americans are rebooting the spirit of the Internet by Clive Thompson, Wired

Ernst, Baldwin introduce bill to expand broadband access, Wallaces Farmer

"Without us, Wisconsinites in our rural community would lose access to high-speed broadband. Sen. Baldwin’s bill is a common-sense measure to provide targeted regulatory relief for small businesses in Wisconsin, and it will ensure that we can continue to make investments necessary to provide our communities with broadband”

The reality of rural broadband, Doug Dawson, POTs and PANs

Ajit Pai wants to raise rural broadband speeds from 10Mbps to 25Mbps by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica