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Reports Archive - Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America
As data changes, we stay current so you can get the most recent information. It's important to be up-to-date, but seeing how broadband and related issues have changed over time also has value. As we release new versions of our report, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model for the Internet Era [pdf], with updated information we’ll connect you with prior publications here.
Decades after bringing electricity and telephone services to America’s rural households, cooperatives are tackling a new challenge: the rural digital divide. This report explains why co-ops are a model that works for rural areas, and features:
- Maps showing areas where co-ops offer fiber Internet access
- Information on funding sources for co-op broadband projects
- Background on state legislation that hinders or supports broadband projects
- Our recommendations on how state and federal governments can support co-ops’ efforts to connect rural America
Links on this page will take you to original and current publications of the report.
More than Just a Coupon: The ACP Could Promote Infrastructure Investment in Low-Income and Rural Communities
New Report: Universal Broadband Infrastructure Would Return $43 million Annually to Counties Across Rural Black Belt
Study: Low Income LA County Neighborhoods Pay More for Internet Service Than Wealthier Neighborhoods
A new study from the Digital Equity LA initiative lays bare how low-income communities of color are impacted by the quiet business decisions of the county’s monopoly Internet service provider. Slower and More Expensive/Sounding the Alarm: Disparities in Advertised Pricing for Fast, Reliable Broadband details how Charter Spectrum “shows a clear and consistent pattern of the provider reserving its best offers - high speed at low cost - for the wealthiest neighborhoods in LA County.” Not only does it highlight how economically vulnerable households in LA County pay more for slower service than those in wealthy neighborhoods, it also provides evidence for how financially-strapped households are also saddled with onerous contracts and are rarely targeted by advertisements for Charter Spectrum’s low cost plans.