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Letting Citizens Have Their Say

By Wil Payton

Taking turns on a state run Twitter account Vermont has taken a page out of Sweden’s social media playbook by turning over the state’s Twitter account to private citizens to tweet about their daily lives for a week. This is a pretty progressive move for a state with an older demographic (second-oldest median age nationally according to the 2010 census). State policymakers believe this is a chance to cultivate a more contemporary image to attract more tourist and younger residents. In The New York Times article Jen Butson, director of communications for the state’s Department of Tourism provided the following insight: “It’s neat that we can...

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North Carolina Company Expanding Broadband Internet Into Unserved South Carolina Communities

By Wil Payton

Electronics Service Company (ESC) is a 36-year-old family-owned business in Hamlet, North Carolina that offers high-speed wireless broadband Internet service to roughly 2,500 square miles of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. ESC’s expansion into neighboring South Carolina has proven to be a significant technological enhancement for smaller regions like Wallace, an unincorporated community in northwestern Marlboro County, with an estimated population of 892 according to the 2010 census. A recently released Connect South Carolina report revealed that broadband is available to 96.75% of South Carolina households, up...

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Updated: Telcos Make Broadband Deployment Commitments to FCC

By Tom Koutsky

Updated: Read the CN Policy Brief on the Connect America Fund Phase I filings Continue reading CAF Phase I filing story, original posted July 24, 2012: Today, several of the larger telephone companies made multi-million dollar commitments to the FCC to deploy broadband in currently unserved areas of the country.  These providers will build out broadband to these areas over the next three years, in exchange for a one-time payment of $775 per location from the FCC’s new Connect America Fund. Frontier, CenturyLink, Windstream, FairPoint, Consolidated, ACS, and other providers made detailed filings before the FCC today. ...

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Examining Broadband’s Economic Impact

By Wil Payton

Does broadband get the attention due considering its impact on the economy? A recently released Connect Minnesota report noted that broadband-connected businesses in Minnesota bring in $200,000 more in media annual revenues. A Connect Michigan study reported that Broadband-connected Michigan businesses with fewer than 20 employees report median annual revenues of approximately $300,000, compared to just $100,000 among similarly sized competitors that do not use broadband From a more global perspective consider the following excerpt from a CNBC guest blog written by Stephen Alexander, CTO, Senior VP, Products and Technology at Ciena...

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