Community Broadband Media Roundup - May 4


Mohave Electric Cooperative moves forward to build fiber optic network in partnership with TWN Communications, Cision PR Newswire



State program created to lift rural broadband by Michael R. Wicklin, Arkansas Online



More California students are online, but digital divide runs deep with distance learning by Sydney Johnson and Michael Burke, Edsource 

About 17,000 students in Oakland Unified didn’t have internet at home before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oakland Tech Exchange, a group that provides technology to low-income families in the area. That’s equal to more than one-third of all students in the district.


Expanding wireless broadband hubs in unserved communities, Massachusetts Broadband Institute 



Conexon's breakthrough Interactive RDOF Mapping Platform steers electric cooperatives to broadband funding success, Conexon


Why rural Americans are having a hard time working from home by Harmeet Kaur, CNN

We are the country that created the internet. We think of ourselves as the most affluent nation on Earth," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. "We should be embarrassed that millions of people have to drive to a closed library or a fast food restaurant in order to do their jobs or do their homework.

Another FCC disaster?, POTs and PANs 


Telecom's Latest Dumb Claim: The Internet only works during a pandemic because we killed net neutrality by Karl Bode, Techdirt


Even in crisis times, there is a push to wire rural America by Kirk Siegler, NPR


Ajit Pai uses bad data to claim ISPs are deploying broadband to everyone by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Pai's conclusion is based on ISPs' filings to the FCC, which are known to overcount the number of Americans who have broadband access. The FCC report also failed to consider whether data caps and broadband prices are impeding progress toward universal broadband access.

53% of Americans say the Internet has been essential during the COVID-19 outbreak by Emily A. Vogels, Andrew Perrin, Lee Rainie and Monica Anderson, Pew Research


How The Channel can help bridge the digital divide among students by Jennifer Zarate, CRN