Broadband

December 3, 2013, 12pm PST
Population loss has been a fact of life for many of the United States' rural towns for decades. But if the experiences of rural towns across Minnesota are any indication, manufacturing, farming, and technology may generate a widespread rural revival.
Star Tribune
November 6, 2013, 12pm PST
Could Los Angeles get a private company to spend $3 billion to $5 billion to connect every residence and business in the city to a fiber broadband network? City leaders seem to think so, and are planning to move forward with an RFP.
Ars Technica
August 27, 2013, 10am PDT
A new report out this week has ranked the Top 10 "Internet Cities" around the globe, based on a set of five criteria: connection speed, availability of citywide WiFi, openness to innovation, support of public data, and security/data privacy.
Future Cities
August 22, 2013, 9am PDT
Though the Obama administration poured billions of dollars into expanding broadband access across America (98 percent of homes now have access), reducing digital inequality has been a far greater challenge.
The New York Times
February 5, 2013, 9am PST
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would like to create free public 'super' WiFi networks across the nation, reports Cecilia Kang. The $178 billion wireless industry is fighting the initiative.
The Washington Post
November 27, 2012, 2pm PST
Thomas Friedman uses Chattanooga, Tenn. as an example of the "innovative thrust building, bottom-up, in the U.S. economy today." In an opinion piece for the Times, he urges leaders in Washington to help unlock America's embryonic growth surge.
July 27, 2012, 11am PDT
Calling it the "next phase of the Internet", Google announced the details of the roll out of its ultrahigh-speed Internet network this week, which will offer speeds 100 times faster than typical broadband connections to residents of Kansas City.
The New York Times
Feature
April 30, 2012, 5pm PDT

As high-speed connections to the Internet become increasingly crucial to the global competition to attract and cultivate the high-paying jobs of the digital economy, Christopher Mitchell ex

Christopher Mitchell
March 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Michael Coren examines the influence of internet connection speeds on economic production and the reasons why he believes "broadband will become the interstate highways of the 21st century."
Fast Company Co.Exist
January 21, 2012, 5am PST
With much fanfare, Kansas City was selected in 2011 as the launching site for Google's experimental fast fiber-optic network. Now, a dispute about how and where to run fiber optic lines on poles in the city is causing significant delays.
The Kansas City Star
January 5, 2012, 12pm PST
Jobs of the future will be located in areas with some of the fastest bandwidth in the world -- and American is in sorry shape, writes columnist Thomas Friedman in <em>The New York Times</em>.
The New York Times
March 30, 2011, 2pm PDT
Google announced that it had chosen Kansas City, Kansas as the launching site for an experimental fiber-optic network with speeds of up to 1 Gb per second.
TechCrunch
May 25, 2010, 10am PDT
Metrics provider Ookla rates the cities in the U.S. and around the world on the speed of their internet connection. No.1, no surprise, is San Jose, CA. No. 2?
Gigaom
August 31, 2009, 9am PDT
The application period has opened for federal stimulus grants to fund broadband Internet access projects in underserved areas. The response has been overwhelming.
USA Today
August 23, 2009, 5am PDT
When Lafayette, Louisiana set out to build a high-speed fiber optic data network, legal challenges caused major delays. Other cities are likely to experience the same issues as they try to expand their information infrastructure.
Governing
July 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Telecommuting should be considered an aspect of transportation, according to this piece from <em>New Geography</em>.
New Geography
January 3, 2009, 5am PST
As President Elect Obama delivers his weekly address via YouTube, half of all Americans don't have the broadband access necessary to watch.
Business Week
November 26, 2008, 8am PST
Ten Sleep, Wyoming is home to a booming new company that teaches English online to students in Korea. The town of 350 people is a testament to how the reaches of broadband connectivity allows high-tech business to flourish even in remote areas.
Forbes