Building a Community Vision

The technology challenge for a rural community is closing the gap between the digital infrastructure that is profitable for commercial providers but serves only part of the community and the infrastructure necessary to serve all community members. Local leaders, driven by a clear, aspirational vision of their community’s future, can proactively address this gap.

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Q&A With Jeremiah Sloan, Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation: Arkansas Co-op Builds Fiber Fast

Using a digital network construction solution helped CECC deploy a fiber network 55 percent faster than expected and 12 percent under budget.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Electric Co-ops Embrace Fiber

Hundreds of electric co-ops are considering deployment of residential or business broadband – and almost all want to use fiber.

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Working With What’s There

To deliver broadband cost-effectively, a community’s best option may be to partner with the incumbent telephone company.

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Benefits and Challenges Of Regional Broadband

For rural communities struggling to connect to the internet, working together at any point in the process can yield benefits. 

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Impact of CAF II–Funded Networks

Two typical rural exchanges are likely to remain underserved even after upgrades supported by the Connect America Fund. This study, conducted by the Blandin Foundation, concludes that CAF funding is insufficient to support rural economic development and that more transparency is needed if states and localities are to supplement CAF funds strategically.

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Prosperity and Broadband Access

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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Topics in Economic Development

Only fiber to the premises can support the new knowledge economy.

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Proving a Negative

The RUS has new funds to spend on connecting unserved areas. But how can applicants prove an area is unserved?

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News From Fiber Connect

The Fiber Broadband Association’s annual conference, held in Nashville in June, offered many fiber community success stories.

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Bandwidth Hawk: CAF II Reverse Auction Heads for (Modest) Success

Auction winners will likely serve between 200,000 and 400,000 rural households and businesses – at best, about 40 percent of those eligible.

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Editor's Note: Is Fiber Too Expensive?

Communities need to take all the costs and benefits into account – and if the answer is “yes,” they need to revisit the question every few years.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Show Me the Rural Money

Regulations for spending the $600 million appropriated in March for rural broadband will be slow in coming. Here’s why.

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Putting the Gigs to Work

Highlights of the 2018 Broadband Communities Summit held in May in Austin, Texas

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Federal Funding For Rural Broadband

If you’re wondering which rural broadband funding programs to apply for – or which will solve the rural broadband problem – here’s a brief primer.

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Editor's Note: An Issue for All Seasons

The Broadband Communities Summit brings together participants in the multifamily, rural, economic development, technology and policy worlds. This issue of the magazine has something for all of them.

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You Can Build It, But Will They Come?

Even when the business case for rural broadband looks compelling, you still have to sell the product.

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Rural Utilities Service Sees 12-Fold Increase In Broadband Funds

Springtime was especially good to rural broadband hopefuls, with new money and potentially more flexible ways of disbursement.

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Will Cable Companies Become Fiber Companies?

The evolution of technology is enabling cable companies to transition gradually to all-fiber networks.

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Bandwidth Hawk: Playing by New Rules: A Very Special Summit

Technology, economics and political change are driving a very special Broadband Communities Summit this year.

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