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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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Election Day in Colorado: Voters Choose Local Control


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In so many places across the country, the recent election highlighted differences, however, residents in rural Colorado overwhelmingly voted to opt out of SB 152, the senate bill placing restrictions on local government control of high speed internet, an inspiring show of unity and determination to control their own economy and future. While the SB 152 may

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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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