By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 - 9:51 pm
Utility poles near Binghamton. Photo by Flickr user Enoch Ross; photo published under Creative Commons license. Rural utility companies call it the "last mile problem": Even in places where there is a network nearby that carries data, the final... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, May. 9, 2011 - 10:24 am
Broadband cable. Photo by Michael Coghlan, via Flickr. Some excellent reporting by blogger and community activist Sam Pratt has prompted a story in the Daily Mail about Mid-Hudson Cablevision, which, both Pratt and the Mail report, is turning down $3.5... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 - 1:34 pm
As a rural area, the Catskills region chronically lacks high-speed, broadband internet access. The region's deep valleys and steep hillsides make cell phone service next to impossible. (In fact, the Times Herald-Record just wrote an entire cover story... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 - 1:47 pm
Above: Map of broadband access across the country, via the Federal Communication Commission's broadband mapping tool. Below: A map of AM radio set ownership across the county in 1930, from the U.S. Census Bureau, via The Daily Yonder. The Daily Yonder had... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 - 8:46 am
It must be election season, because the earmarks are pouring in to the Catskills and the Hudson Valley Region. Yesterday, US Representative Maurice Hinchey announced that he got $205,000 from House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services for... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 - 3:51 pm
That would be more of an honor if the press release announcing the 126 grants being awarded by the US. Department of Agriculture to boost internet service in rural areas didn't describe the recipients as 'persistent poverty counties.' Yippee. Still, money... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 10:21 am
Even with the federal government pouring money into broadband internet infrastructure in rural areas, it's still hard for small towns to make sure they aren't forgotten. At the July 8 board meeting for the town of Jefferson, in Schoharie, the town's... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 - 11:42 pm
Google is going to be testing out Google Fiber, an experimental super-extra-fast broadband network, in a few places in the U.S. soon. They've invited communities to make their pitch for why Google should pick them. Kingston Digital Corridor (and Ulster... Read more


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