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The Hechinger Report

Mareesa Nicosia

28 January 2019

Alaska, United States

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Three school districts in northwestern Alaska are using a high-speed fiber-optic cable connection to increase connectivity and offer students new opportunities to use educational technology that their peers in other p...

Wyoming Public Media

Maggie Mullen

7 December 2018

Wyoming, United States

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#Agtwitter provides a space for social connection among farmers. What started as a hashtag to disseminate advice about farming practices and farm equipment has grown into a digital space where people can connect and e...

Montana Free Press

Eric Dietrich

6 December 2018

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Workers across Montana look to remote work to bring them higher wages without having to move to a large city. While the far reach of the Internet brings more economic opportunity for techies in rural Montana and other...

WEWS-TV

Homa Bash

5 December 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Since launching in October, PCs for People have collected, refurbished, and distributed at an affordable cost to hundreds of people. They have also distributed hot spots to libraries for patrons to check out.

New York Magazine

Martha Pskowski

1 November 2018

Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Indigenous communities in rural Mexico have typically faced challenges accessing internet and cell phone service. This is changing thanks to TIC, a nonprofit cell service provider. Lower costs, local community managem...

NPR

Kirk Siegler

19 October 2018

Hotchkiss, Colorado, United States

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After “the shock” that laid off many coal miners in Delta County, Colorado, the area is experiencing a resurgence. Population is growing, finally, and a fiber optic internet company has stimulated the economy with new...

Quartz

Jenny Anderson

5 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Public libraries have remained one of the last public non-commercial spaces where people from all walks of life can coexist and learn. New York Public Library in particular is working to improve and expand their servi...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

7 September 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Starry is a Boston-based internet provider that uses a “hub-and-spoke” model to beam 5G internet into receptors in people’s homes to decrease the cost of internet. Beyond this creative use of technology, the company i...

Digital Trends

John R. Quain

25 July 2018

San Diego, California, United States

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A municipality’s ability to collect data and implement small changes can mean cost savings, increased efficiency, and improvements to daily life. By incorporating the ‘internet of things’ into thousands of streetlight...

The Boston Globe

Deirdre Fernandes

7 July 2018

Kenya

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Far from its location in Boston, Southern New Hampshire University is offering refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya a shot at getting an education. SNHU offers associate's and bachelor’s online degree programs...

The Washington Post

Amy Ellis Nutt

2 July 2018

New Jersey, United States

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Millions of Americans suffer form mental health problems every year, and accessing care can be daunting, difficult, and expensive. A Slack channel, called 18percent, allows online users to anonymously access a message...

KUNM

Leah Todd Lin

6 April 2018

New Mexico, United States

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The Federal Communications Commission states that close to 39% of Americans in rural areas do not have high-speed internet access. Several co-ops in New Mexico are part of a move to change that. Kit Carson and other r...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

6 April 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Across the United States, tribal lands have the lowest access to internet, an issue that restricts opportunity and education in those areas. In New Mexico, several small tribes have partnered to lay fiber-optic cables...

KNME-PBS

Antonia Gonzales

6 April 2018

Cochiti, New Mexico, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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Faced with slow and expensive internet service, the Middle Rio Grande Pueblo Tribal Consortium was created to establish four New Mexico Pueblos to improved service through collective work, collective bargaining, and f...

NMPolitics.net

Leah Todd Lin

5 April 2018

Grants, New Mexico, United States

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One of the biggest economic challenges facing small rural towns is the lack of nearby jobs. To tackle this, SoloWorks is providing a physical space and internet access to connect rural New Mexico residents to remote j...

KUNM

Marisa Demarco

5 April 2018

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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Cooperatives owned by the people they serve give communities control over local telecommunications infrastructure. The member-owned Kit Carson Electric Cooperative provides access to broadband Internet in a remote reg...

KUNM

Sarah Gustavus Lim

4 April 2018

New Mexico, United States

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Grants from the federal government can help fund infrastructure projects where large telecommunications companies see no incentive. Multiple initiatives across New Mexico are stepping in to bring reliable internet con...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

26 March 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Access to the internet is an important tool to addressing inequity at the scale of the community and the individual. Detriot’s Equitable Internet Initiative is a coalition of media, tech, and community-based organizat...

Hour Detroit

Dorothy Hernandez

1 March 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) is transforming community organizers into “digital stewards” who are literally building out internet connection in their communities. In Detroit, where 40% of residents don’t ha...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Knowledge about sex, drugs and violence is alarmingly low in Argentina and surrounding areas, which has caused the government and other organizations to step in. Hablemos de Todo is an interactive online resource that...

Farm and Dairy

Katy Mumaw

16 November 2017

Carroll County, Maryland, United States

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Opioid overdose is a rising problem that is taking more and more lives, including Holly's. Holly's mother started 'Holly's Song of Hope' to help educate the public about drugs and addiction, to provide a support group...

Pacific Standard

Rick Paulas

18 October 2017

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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Flirting with a corporation can end badly. In exchange for city-wide wireless broadband, Kansas City gave Google near-free rein including fast permitting, free office space, low fees, and taxpayer funds. A few years l...

BBC

Angela Saini

15 October 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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Entrepreneurs and startups in Kenya and India are finding success creating products that meet the needs of poorer citizens in those countries. This episode includes a story about a mobile phone app that tackles the di...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew Yawn

28 July 2017

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Chattanooga's solution to revitalize the city through private-public collaborations could help Montgomery and similar cities do the same. Chattanooga is able to reinvent itself and attract startups and entrepreneurs w...

Wired

Issie Lapowsky

25 May 2017

Oklahoma, United States

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With no alternative, some community college students in Talihina, Oklahoma sit in the parking lot of the local hospital at night, logging on to the internet network to complete research papers, oftentimes on smartphon...

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