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Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Municipally owned networks, nonprofits, and cooperatives would play a major role in the expansion pitched by Biden.

“Broadband” Sunk Costs: A Cautionary Tale

Lesson Number 1: The digital divide was not a consequence of rural economics; it has been the policy of the federal government.

Does America Want to Invest in Broadband?

You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday.

A Relay is Born: the Missoula Valley Internet Co-op Grows One Radio Link at a Time

As we’ve discussed in prior articles, and in our previous community call, the success of this community owned and operated network that we are building hinges upon two things:

Can the Power of Storytelling Unify a Divided America? Tell Us Something

And what do Star Wars, Dolly Parton, and Jackbox Games have to do with it? Listen to the latest episode of our new podcast, Everywhere Radio, to find out.

T-Mobile ups 5G ante with home broadband, free phone upgrades

This new offer features several different facets, but the headline grabbers are free 5G phone upgrades and the country’s first widely available wireless broadband home internet service.

Opinion: Time is right to expand access to high-speed internet service (broadband) in Montana

Now is the time to make sure that all Montanans have access to broadband. Access to high-speed internet service will improve our quality of life and expanding opportunities for residents, no matter where they may live in this vast and remarkable state.

So many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

The pandemic has proven that consistent access to high-speed internet is an essential good.

SpaceX has been selling Starlink dishes at loss despite $499 price tag

It initially cost the company $3,000 to produce each satellite dish, according to CNBC. 

Facebook’s new tool lets users control what they see, share on their News Feeds

The platform will introduce the Feed Filter Bar, which allows users to switch between an algorithmically-ranked News Feed and a feed sorted chronologically with the newest posts first by choosing the “Most Recent” button.