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Broadband Land

An ongoing Motherboard series about the digital divide in America and beyond.

happy birthday, world wide web
happy birthday, world wide web

Tim Berners-Lee: Monopolies and Lack of Public Infrastructure Are Ruining the Web

The world wide web, the information space we all use to connect on the internet, is 29 years old. Its founder, Tim Berners-Lee, wants the world to come together to close the digital divide.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.12.18
municipal internet
municipal internet

Big Telecom Convinced Wyoming’s Politicians to Rewrite a Community Broadband Bill

A bill that has passed the state legislature originally set aside funds for municipal-run internet, but after lobbyists had their say, the bill was changed.
Kaleigh Rogers
3.12.18
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

At the Behest of T-Mobile, the FCC Is Undoing Rules That Make it Easier for Small ISPs to Compete With Big Telecom

The rules around the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum were changed in 2015 to make it easier for wireless ISPs to license space, but might be changed right before they are useful.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.11.18
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Trump Signs Two Rural Broadband Executive Orders That Will Barely Move the Needle

The president’s executive orders are fine, but won’t do much in practical terms.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.10.18
Broadband access
Broadband access

The FCC's Next Stunt: Reclassifying Cell Phone Data Service as 'Broadband Internet'

The agency is expected to make this change in February, which will make America's broadband situation look better than it actually is.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.20.17
digital divide
digital divide

Rural Broadband Advocate Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken in Congress

As Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor, Smith championed broadband funding programs.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.18.17
net neutrality
net neutrality

The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality—Now What?

For net neutrality advocates, the next phase in this fight has only just begun.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.14.17
DRONES
DRONES

Drones and Fishing Lines Are Bringing Broadband to Remote Villages

Openreach, a British infrastructure delivery company, came up with the idea to deal with tricky terrain.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.1.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

Rural America Is Building High-Speed Internet the Same Way It Built Electricity in the 1930s

The number of electric cooperatives beginning to offer fiber optic broadband service to their members has surged in recent years.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.1.17
Broadband Land
Broadband Land

This Interview Was Conducted on an Anonymous, DIY Cell Phone Network

Sopranica is a surveillance-free cellular network built by volunteers from around the world. It’s easy to use and free to set up.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.1.17
net neutrality
net neutrality

To Save Net Neutrality, We Must Build Our Own Internet

We must end our reliance​ on big telecom monopolies and build decentralized, affordable, locally owned internet infrastructure.
Jason Koebler
11.21.17
Dear Future
Dear Future

Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet

40 percent of Detroit residents don't have any access to internet at all.
Kaleigh Rogers
11.16.17