Author: Megan Billingsley

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Rochester Schools Have a Plan


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We talk a lot about rural broadband gaps and efforts to deliver service in the country, but it’s rare that we discuss some of the issues in more urban areas… long story short… it’s an issue and Rochester is one of may cities trying to do something about it. Rochester, NY is currently developing a

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The Politics of Broadband


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The most recent U.S. election has, in many ways, refocused attention on rural America.  There have been numerous analyses by a diverse number of media and research outfits that all point back to a struggling rural America fighting to be heard by national (and sometimes state) politicians.  We’ve seen this struggle on a regular basis

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Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday


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For a long time we, the American consumer, have been accustomed to packing up the family and heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving in order to take advantage of the massive sales that kick off the December holiday season.  So much so, that retailers started calling that particular Friday Black Friday because it

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Giving Thanks


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Today is Thanksgiving… a traditional holiday in the United States involving the gathering of friends and family, and the ceremonial roasting/frying of a large turkey; once described by Benjamin Franklin as “a Bird of Courage, [which] would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard

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A (maybe not so) Strange Marriage


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It’s rare that my two worlds (energy efficiency and community broadband) collide, but at an energy conference in October, I heard the strangest thing… the Wisconsin Public Service Commission is considering using some of the surplus efficiency funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.  My broadband advocate self started cheering, while my efficiency self

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To Paraphrase: The Good, The Bad, and The Knockout


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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a report earlier this month on the North Carolina State Broadband Plan released in June.  Authored by H.R. Trostle and Christopher Mitchell, the report is very critical of the NC plan, which emphasizes public-private partnerships over local development and ownership of broadband networks. Trostle and Mitchell did not pull

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