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Whether You Wanted Realize It Or Not Rural Broadband Acces Is Important

When people think of farmers and agriculture they very rarely think of smartphones and laptops in the same thought. But the reality is that broadband acess is becoming more and more a key part of the daily life of rural America. A recent article showed that 4 years ago 38% of farmers in Wisconsin used internet access for business  and today that number is up to 42%. That shows some potential but the other fact to note is that while 38% of people in urban and suburban areas use a smartphone only 21 %  do in rural areas. The lack of wireless use and access in rural  areas is a big inhibitor to their ability to to grow their business. We need to make this a priority so they can compete.

In the Broadband Battle Who Fights for Rural America?

Everyday i read more tweets, articles and posts from people speaking out against the AT&T /T-mobile claiming higher prices and other constraints to competition but at the same time i see Sprint get the Iphone4s and be in a position to compete with any other carrier. But as these small wins are won on either side i feel like there is one area that is being neglected, Rural America. They don’t represent Big gains for anymore but the lack of access puts them at a huge disadvantage. Who is fighting for their needs? who is making sure they have the access they need to create jobs, expand educational opportunities, and improve public safety and health care. Broadband will give small businesses in rural areas a pathway to participation in the global economy and provides the framework for long-term economic growth and stability for years to come.

We need to make sure the focus is shifted to advocate for rural America. If they are left behind we all will suffer.

The Last Frontier For African Americans Stuck in The Digital Divide Is Rural America

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We all know we take for granted the access we have to Internet. We complain if we can’t find a wifi hotspot, when we walk into an area with a low wireless, and always complain about the prices we pay for these services. Well imagine if all those complaints went away because you didn’t have access to the most basic of wireless services. Those complaints would seem small in comparison. Well that is plight of over 4.4 million African Americans living in rural America. In a piece written by Hilary Shelton of the NAACP, she talks about how there is a still an “basic access “issue  in rural America.

“According to the Federal Communications Commission, 12 million homes lack access to even the most basic high-speed services, and the majority of these homes are in rural areas that too many in private industry often see as too expensive, too risky or not profitable enough to build out and serve.

This lack of access directly impacts the 4.4 million African- Americans living in rural areas and farms in America.”
There are people who contend on a daily basis that the digital divide is over. While wehave made significant strides over the last decade, it is far from over. Even in urban centers broadband adoption and literacy are only around 50% for African Americans compared to almost 90% for mainstream America. But the problem is rural areas is a much different. Without access to basic broadband and wireless services there is no luxury of basic choices. No access to email, no way to extend their reach to suppliers outside their general area and no global perspective. Second class citizens in many aspects. So when we complain about how we want the access we have to continue to get faster and at the same time cheaper. Let’s remember the people who want love to have a quarter of the options we have now.

The FCC moves quickly on executing President Obama’s broadband commitment in his SOTU address. (audio)

Daily Digest 12_14_09

Things being posted around the web that caught my attention today

Net Neutrality

“You see, this is why we should have Net Neutrality regulations, because if this ever happens they can stop it”

That title sounds silly, right? Well, that’s most of what the pro-Net Neutrality sites are using as the basis of their arguments. Here is another article  that tries to “mis-educate” people on Net Neutrality  by posing hypothetical  fear scenarios based on things that have never happened.  The more I read these stories, the more I realize that people are really being misled on this issue. Here’s a great example

http://twek.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/see-this-is-why-we-need-net-neutrality-sony-pictures-entertainment-vp-quote/

Net Neutrality may actually hinder free speech not help it.

As I continue to work to inform people on all aspects of Net Neutrality, I came across this article that gives a contrasting and more realistic view of what the current proposed Net Neutrality regulations would do. Give it a read.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/interviews-profiles/71521-mcslarrow-net-neutrality-would-hinder-not-help-first-amendment-rights

Broadband

Broadband mapping can finally let us know who doesn’t have broadband in the U.S.

You may never have heard of broadband mapping, but it’s pretty important  to the push towards 100% access to broadband in the U.S. This article talks about its value:

http://www.fiercebroadbandwireless.com/story/broadband-mapping-grant-can-help-communities-refine-their-strategy/2009-12-13

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Stories

If you are an entrepreneur or thinking about becoming one it’s always good to hear stories from other entrepreneurs. Build a Stronger America has a started a program to let you do just that.  Take a look:

http://www.buildastrongeramerica.com/share?utm_source=bsa&utm_medium=email&utm_term=update121409&utm_campaign=sharelink

What Makes an Entrepreneur?

I read quite a few good blogs about start-ups and entrepreneurship. ( I’ll list those in an upcoming post), and I was inspired by the start-up stories found at the link above.  That said, I would like to share a great article I read on what it takes to to become and entrepreneur. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read this.

http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2009/11/19/what-makes-an-entrepreneur-four-lettersjfdi/

Newsworthy

Between health care reform, climate bills and war-related news, some important ideas in Congress are not getting as much attention as they deserve.    I just wanted to bring a little more notice to bi-partisan draft language submitted by Reps. Rick Boucher of Virginia and Lee Terry of Nebraska “to curb waste in the Universal Service Fund (USF) and shift money from phone to Internet service in areas on the wrong side of the digital divide.” I’m hoping you’ll read more about it in the mainstream media.  I can guarantee you that I will keep track of it.

http://www.internetnews.com/infra/article.php/3847366/Lawmakers+Float+Bill+to+Boost+Rural+Broadband.htm