Community Broadband Media Roundup - September 4


A fight for Internet access is brewing in Alaska by Sydney Johnson, EdSurge



Letter: Fort Collins can provide fast, reliable Internet service by Tim Tillson, The Coloradoan

State and local officials meet in Moffat County to discuss broadband by Craig Daily Press



Greenfield Internet service rolling out by Aviva Luttrell, The Greenfield Recorder



Fond du Lac bridges the digital divide by Konnie LeMay, Indian Country Media Network

Some 900 homes on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation will soon gain something that 80 percent of U.S. residents already take for granted—home access to high-speed Internet service. Thanks to two $3 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants, plus an additional $2.2 million investment from the tribe, some 160 miles of broadband cable are being planted across the rural areas of the reservation, along with 79 additional miles to connect homes. The project, just started, is expected to be complete by fall 2018.


New York

Cohoes considers offering citywide Internet service by Kenneth C. Crowe II, Albany Times-Union

Nicknamed the Spindle City for its 19th-century garment industry, Cohoes is seeking to make a leap to 21st century connectivity.

"This would put us years ahead of other municipalities, grow our economy, and all while reducing the monthly costs to our residents and businesses. I am looking forward to building out this critical infrastructure and joining only a select group of cities in the country," Mayor Shawn Morse said.

The availability of municipal broadband service would be attractive to small and mid-size businesses, giving the city a competitive boost in economic development efforts, Jacobson said.


North Carolina

New website allows you to report broadband coverage by Emma Jane House, WNCT 9



Cleveland residents take AT&T broadband complaint to the FCC by Mallory Locklear, Engadget



Rural Washington still waiting for high-speed broadband by John McCoy, The Seattle Times



Rural America is building its own Internet because no one else will by Kaleigh Rogers, Motherboard (Vice)

About 19 million Americans still don't have access to broadband internet, which the Federal Communication Commission defines as offering a minimum of 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3mbps upload speeds. Those who do have broadband access often find it's too expensive, unreliable, or has prohibitive data caps that make it unusable for modern needs.

The promise of telemedicine depends on bandwidth, technology by Craig Settles, The Daily Yonder

98.5% of unique net neutrality comments oppose Ajit Pai's anti-Title II plan by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica