Is T1 Internet Practical for Your Rural Business? Yes, but Can You Truly Afford to Dance This Tangle?

By Stephen Kota / September 17, 2016

Oh yes, A T-1 Internet is a dance you must get budgeted for. It is Pricey. It will literally solve all of your connectivity issues in term of VoIP, VPN and video conferencing and oh, you can also add video gaming and video streaming to the fun part. Talk about killing all your birds with…

New MIT Project Increases Triples Wi-Fi Speeds and Doubles Range in Crowded Rooms

By Stephen Kota / September 8, 2016

At this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communications (SIGCOMM) conference, MIT introduced a paper, titled “Real-time Distributed MIMO Systems,” that shows how researchers at the university tripled Wi-Fi speeds and doubled range in a crowded room. The Real Issue When many people are connected to the same wireless network in,…

Google Fiber Confronts the Slow, Costly Realities of Wireline Technology

By Stephen Kota / September 5, 2016

Sometimes, it seems like emerging technology can make (virtually) anything out of (virtually) nothing. In the last two decades, internet giants like Google have built their empires from the ground up, pioneering products in industries that were nonexistent in the mid-nineties. Despite the seeming limitlessness of emerging technology, there are always physical limits on the…

Cable Internet Alternatives: Mobile Broadband, Satellite, T1 Lines, or Dial-up for Rural Properties

By Stephen Kota / August 14, 2016

Today, far too many rural properties are too far from the local hub to support a cable or DSL connection. While rural broadband initiatives are working to lay fiber lines that support fast, cheap cable connections, these initiatives are, unfortunately, sporadic and slow to implement. In the meantime, those who live off the cable internet…

U.S. Senators Call for Renewed Federal Commitment to Rural Broadband Expansion

By Stephen Kota / August 5, 2016
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On July 11, twenty-eight senators, including Senator Angus King of Maine, urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to renew its commitment to rural broadband expansion with new funding. The group submitted a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler emphasizing the positive connection between reliable rural broadband and growth in the rural agriculture industry. “Mobility is…

Call for Applications: Minnesota to Award $35 Million in Rural Broadband Expansion Grants

By Stephen Kota / July 15, 2016

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Expansion has renewed and expanded its efforts to increase internet access in rural areas with $35 million in new grants for the state’s current internet providers (small, medium, and large). The state hopes these grants will encourage Minnesota’s providers to expand their service to low-income andrural Minnesotans. Minnesota, one of…

5 Ways Internet Access Makes Rural Living Better

By Stephen Kota / June 8, 2016

While many young urbanites are glued to their smartphones day and night, 15% of Americans still do not use the internet, ever. In rural Limited areas, where internet options are already limited, the number is even higher; nearly one in four rural Americans do not use the internet. According to a 2015 Pew study, demographics…

Why Can’t I Play Online Games with My Satellite Internet Connection?

By Stephen Kota / May 11, 2016

Many rural internet users turn to satellite for reliable internet access in remote areas. With throughput speeds that rival the speeds of 4G LTE mobile broadband in urban centers, satellite internet is technically fast enough to support online gaming. The technology’s high latency, however, makes playing real time games impossible. The latency or lag-time is the reaction…

Online, at Sea: High-speed Internet Options for Boats

By Stephen Kota / May 10, 2016

Last year, the United Kingdom-based company Coboat announced plans to launch a co-working space in a catamaran set sail on the seven seas. The boat will transport digital professionals to exotic destinations around the world while they work remotely in the boat’s office spaces. A year later, the Coboat has yet to leave port. The…

USDA Awards $85.8 Million in Funds to the Small Internet Service Providers That Serve America’s Farmland

By Stephen Kota / May 5, 2016

In late July of this year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $74.8 million in telecom loans and $11 million in Community Connect grants to local Internet service providers (ISPs). These funds are currently at work subsidizing a range of rural broadband expansion projects in seven states. Although (unlike the Federal Communications Commission;…

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