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Broadband Land

An ongoing Motherboard series about the digital divide.

Broadband Land
Broadband Land

The FCC Disqualified a Bunch of Rural Communities from Receiving Internet Funding After Big Telecom Said They Already Have Internet

The data comes from a form the industry is required to file every six months, but it doesn’t necessarily give the full picture of where help is needed.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.4.18
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Someone Used Wet String to Get a Broadband Internet Connection

It’s pretty fast, too.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.13.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

More than 100 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service from Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality

A free market approach might have worked if we actually had competition.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.11.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance

The state put aside extra funds for any county that wanted to invest in rural broadband. Half of all counties applied.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.4.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Nearly Half of Colorado Counties Have Formally Rejected a Comcast-Backed Law Restricting City-Run Internet

After Tuesday’s elections, a total of 31 counties have voted to be exempted from a state law against municipal broadband networks.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.8.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Big Telecom Spent $200,000 to Try to Prevent a Colorado Town From Even Talking About a City-Run Internet

Fort Collins, Colorado is set to vote on a ballot measure that would open the door for municipal broadband, and Big Telecom is fighting mad.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.25.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet

One candidate is big on municipal broadband, the other thinks it’s not feasible due to the cost. Guess which one Big Telecom supports?
Kaleigh Rogers
10.19.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

West Virginia Screwed Up, Gave Taxpayer Money to Big Telecom, and Now Owes the Government $4.7M

This saga has been unraveling for years, and rural West Virginians are the ones who suffer.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.13.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

The Tribal Digital Village has been working since 2001 to improve access to internet for reservation residents, and has faced some unique challenges.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.21.17
after the storm
after the storm

Trump’s FCC Will Let Big Telecom Destroy Small Houston ISPs As It Rebuilds After Harvey

The FCC has rules in place to prevent Big Telecom from leaving local competitors in the lurch, but it’s currently scrapping those rules.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.15.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Kansas City Was First to Embrace Google Fiber, Now Its Broadband Future Is 'TBD'

The dream of a fully-connected gig city may never come to be.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.30.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will

Big Telecom has little interest in expanding to small towns and farmlands, so rural America is building its own solutions.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.29.17