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Ryan Quarles: COVID-19 pandemic makes clear the need for rural broadband internet connectivity

Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve attempted to solve for years: internet connectivity, particularly in our rural communities. I spoke with many...

Daily Yonder: Slow-rate rendezvous? What Ashley Madison reveals about rural America

    The only Zip codes in America that didn’t have accounts for that “have-an-affair” website are rural. Unfortunately, that probably tells us more about our technology than our morals.   By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   Because we lack dependable national data on broadband access, we may never know the answer to a pressing question:   Are residents of Polvadera,...

Weekend Read: Study shows link between broadband access and population growth

Counties with lower levels of broadband access (plotted on the horizontal axis) tend to have lower or negative population growth (vertical axis), according to a study by Broadband Communities. Each dot represents one of the nation’s 3,144 counties. The blue line shows the general trend that is revealed by regression analysis: more broadband population correlates with higher population growth. (Click...

Daily Yonder: Broadband divide widens
for elderly and poor in America’s rural areas

Broadband access is growing in rural America. But the gap between the metro and nonmetro adoption rate is unchanged over the past seven years. And for some groups, the rural broadband divide is getting worse.   Special to KyForward   This story is one of a series written by three researchers noted for their work in rural development, economics and communications policy. Last week, the authors...

Daily Yonder: Federal report shows rural broadband access still lags behind cities

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward   The nation’s most rural communities have broadband availability rates that are a third lower than the rates of big cities and suburbs, a federal report shows.   But within these broad findings, there are important variations in broadband access among U.S. cities, suburbs, towns and very rural areas.   The report, by the National Telecommunications...