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Editor's Note: Ending the Digital Divide

The digital divide is widening. Without public and private policy changes, we’ll lose the battle for universal access.

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Bandwidth Hawk: FCC Commits to Better Broadband Data Collection

There’s evidence, but no promise, that a usable National Broadband Map is on the way. It will be awhile. We’re watching – and using artificial intelligence (AI) software to check.

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Think Nationally, Act Locally

A successful MDU broadband business needs to offer good customer service and establish a local presence to understand the unique needs of each community it serves.

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Healthy Competition Is The Way to Go

Independents set stake in the growing MDU broadband market by focusing on providing good customer service and doing things the right way. Their approach benefits property owners and residents alike.

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Video Streaming Services and Podcasts Continue Rapid Growth

Consumers’ desire for on-demand content drives migration away from traditional linear TV.

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Six Ways Communities Can Help Providers Build Networks

Service providers and communities should look for common ground with public infrastructure and investments to spur rural broadband buildouts.

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FTTH Is Central to a Smart, Responsive Planned Community: Pecan Square in Northlake, Texas

Pecan Square, a housing development in Northlake, Texas, is working with Frontier to provide 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps speeds to support an array of streaming and Amazon home service applications. Our thanks to Rachel McGallian of Frontier and Andrew Pieper at Hillwood Communities for help completing this profile.

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FairlawnGig Fiber Boosts Regional Economy

The municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, is strengthening the city’s economic position. Now Fairlawn is using fiber to lift the rest of the area as well.

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Crossing the Digital Divide

Internet adoption rates among low-income urban populations have climbed in recent years. Joining the online world has changed their lives for the better, say members of this group in a new survey by RVA LLC.

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Taking the Economic Pulse of Community Broadband

Economic development professionals who completed the Revving the Community Broadband Economic Engine survey weighed in on the current availability, affordability and speed of broadband – and how communities are working to increase all three.

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New Research on the Digital Divide and Broadband’s Economic Impact

A roundup of recent studies about the growing chasm between broadband haves and have-nots, how to overcome this divide, and the costs and benefits of reducing it

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Problems With FCC Broadband Funding Endure

The proposed rules favor grant bidders who least need the money and are unlikely to bring permanent, high-quality broadband to rural areas.

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Verizon Targets New York State’s Rural Communities with FTTH

Verizon is leveraging state and FCC funds to connect several rural New York state communities with FTTH. This service will offer residents and businesses access to services typically found in larger cities.

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Consolidated, Chesterfield Bond Over FTTH Broadband

Chesterfield leveraged changes in New Hampshire state laws that let communities issue public bonds to fund broadband networks. The town’s partnership with Consolidated Communications to build a townwide FTTH network could serve as a model for other communities.

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When to Transition From Copper to Fiber

Weather, competition and operating costs are just a few reasons to switch – and the process may be easier than you think.

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Small Steps, Big Rewards, Real-World Learning in Practical Network Automation

Service providers are finding value in applying network automation to their transport networks. These new capabilities enable a host of services, such as 5G wireless, virtual reality (AR/VR), and the industrial internet of things – services that manual processes can’t support.

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Losing a Community Networking Pioneer

Remembering Gene Crick, a visionary leader devoted to empowering people through broadband

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