Community Broadband Media Roundup - October 31


City and county launch municipal broadband survey by Jim Morekis, Connect Savannah



County's broadband speeds rank fourth-worst in MN by Marie Johnson, Perham Focus

RS Fiber: A new rural Internet cooperative by Scott Carlson and Christopher Mitchell, Broadband Communities Magazine

Rochester City Council needs to act on municipal broadband by Jim Jensen, Rochester Post Bulletin


New York

WCA enters partnership to bring smart growth and gigabit broadband to Westchester by Broadband Providers Magazine


North Carolina

Community broadband advocates butt heads with North Carolina officials on best path forward by Alex Koma and Colin Wood, StateScoop

North Carolina lawmakers could soon help close the divide in high-quality broadband access between the state’s urban and rural areas. By reversing policies restricting cooperatives, and local governments from offering internet service, citizens could gain new broadband options, according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a group that advocates for municipal networks.



The city that was saved by the Internet by Jason Koebler, Motherboard Vice




Here's how many Austinites still don't have Internet access; push is on to get them connected by Colin Pope, Austin Business Journal



Seattleites plan to march on City Hall really, really slowly to protest poor Internet service by Monica Nickelsburg, GeekWire

Is Internet access a social justice issue? by Reagan Jackson, Seattle Globalist

Slow speed protest in Seattle highlights complaints of slow but expensive Internet service by Connie Thompson, KOMO News



AT&T and Time Warner reveal merger to create ISP, TV, and media giant by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Digital divide persists, largely due to price, NTIA finds by Gary Arlen, MultiChannel News

The price of Internet access remains the primary reason for not using broadband, cited by 24% of respondents in 2015, somewhat lower than earlier this decade, but at about the same level as in 2001.

Stand-alone broadband: Will rural users still pay twice what urban users pay? by Joan Engebretson, Telecompetitor

ILSR researchers find 63 gigabit deployments by cooperatives by Joan Engebretson, Telecompetitor

Forging the fiber future by Todd O'Boyle, Medium

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