Counties that have better broadband access tend to be adding population at a faster rate than counties that don’t have as much access. And the counties with the worst levels of access are losing population, a new study finds.
Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self Reliance, joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the future of high-speed internet. Danna Mackenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, also joins the discussion to talk about the state’s effort.
“’The only way to predict the future, is to create it yourself.’ These trends, tools and technologies – everything is here today and they are real, but the future is only going to be created in the hands of those of you with the courage to take these new technologies and do what you’ve always done – to do it better, faster and more affordable.”
…one piece of the puzzle has been notably missing from discussions regarding rural broadband and future economic growth: the importance of fast, reliable internet access for growth in agricultural productivity. The rise of “precision agriculture” combined with increasing interest in the use of “telematics” and “big data” for agriculture, raises the question of how available broadband connectivity is for U.S. farms.
Is Now the Time to Invest in Fiber?
Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting
It’s been obvious for a decade that the ISP market is not going to get competitive until new entrants join the market and build fiber networks…
RS Fiber Cooperative is a new cooperative that will soon be bringing fiber to rural Sibley and Renville Counties in Minnesota. I can’t remember the last new telecom cooperative that was formed. The Cooperative model is an interesting one since the customers own the business.
RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Gains Momentum in Rural and Agro Minnesota
KEYC – Mankato News
A co-op out of Winthrop is gaining momentum in their initiative to provide fiber-optic broadband service in rural Minnesota.
The RS Fiber Board in collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications in Winona will provide affordable fiber-optic broadband service in ten communities and 17 townships in Renville, Nicollet and Sibley County.
RS Fiber Broadband Initiative Gaining Momentum
RS Fiber Cooperative Press Release
The RS Fiber Cooperative fiber optic broadband initiative will begin offering services to select areas as soon as 2015. According to RS Fiber Board Chair Mark Brandt, the collaboration with Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC), Winona, Minn., has made the expedited service possible.
The RS Fiber Cooperative fiber optic broadband initiative is moving forward. RS Fiber’s Board of Directors recently endorsed an updated business plan and financing strategy.
RS Fiber Cooperative
Jake Rieke, RS Fiber Co-op Board Member
Jake Rieke has a guest editorial in the Renville-Sibley Co-op Power’s Newsletter:
“My farm was homesteaded in 1862 and my reasons for supporting the RS Fiber project are no different than my ancestors supporting the constructions of roads, drainage ditches and rural schoolhouses. I want my family to have access to the same educational and technological opportunities as those in the city. And I’m concerned with my ability to effectively operate my farm far into the 21st Century, particularly when farming relies on cutting edge technology now more than ever before in history.”
Broadband and Mobile Devices in Minnesota Education
Broadband and mobile technologies open up a world of opportunities for students and educators. Teachers can take lessons beyond the classroom walls, and students can use laptop or tablet computers to learn from anywhere they can access the Internet. Because of the opportunities that broadband-connected devices can bring to students, many schools are making sure that their students can go online by providing them with laptop or tablet computers.