Community Broadband Media Roundup - June 8


Iowa receives $26.2 million in emergency education relief to expand broadband access, Discover Muscatine



The power of partnerships: Scott County, Minnesota by Masha Zager, Broadband Communities


State efforts to close Internet gap hampering distance learning aren’t being expedited — at least for now by Erin Hinrichs, Minnpost 


New Hampshire

First-of-its-kind push wants NH Electric Cooperative to become a broadband cooperative, too by David Brooks, Concord Monitor



High-Speed In The Hinterlands by Carrie Hagen, Mountain Home


South Carolina

Broadband expansion in Richland County part of statewide connectivity push by Adam Benson, The Post and Courier 



Rural broadband the right way by Timothy & Leslie Nulty, VT Digger



To bridge digital divide, Roanoke County Public Schools will provide nearly 700 hot spots in 2020–21 school year by Claire Mitzel, The Roanoke Times



An opportunity to close Indian Country’s digital divide is expiring by Joseph Lee, High Country News 

Under the best circumstances, Linnea Jackson’s 85-year-old grandmother would struggle to navigate a virtual doctor’s appointment, but a poor Internet connection made it nearly impossible. With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting visits to medical offices, Jackson, the general manager of the Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District, ended up using her cellphone as a hotspot — a Band-Aid for her community’s long standing connectivity problems.


Four sources of funding for rural broadband networks by Kelly Hill, RCR Wireless News


Congressional leaders: Invest in broadband, domestic supply chains to restore economy by Kendra Horn and Brian Fitzpatrick, USA Today 

The need for Internet in rural America is great, and the return on investment, especially in the midst of an economic crash, would be powerful. About 40% of Americans in rural areas and 68% of Americans on tribal lands do not have access to high-speed internet. Delivering broadband to these communities would provide economic and quality-of-life improvements that would ripple through our nation’s rural towns and counties.

Broadband subscriptions are up...but what's behind the numbers?, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society 


Local Broadband is the solution to paucity of access in United States, say panelists at Merit Network Webinar by Elijah Labby, Broadband Breakfast


Frontier users must pay “rental” fee for equipment they own until December by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica