Our friend Elouise Cobell, a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Strategies, died October 16, 2011, in Great Falls, Montana.
Elouise was a tireless advocate for the Blackfeet Nation and for rural and tribal communities around the country. She took on the federal government over its misuse of the Indian Trust Fund, which for more than a century pilfered billions of dollars belonging to Native Americans.
Rural broadband advocates from five states and Washington D.C. gathered in rural Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, for the first Rural Broadband Summit, cosponsored by the Center for Media Justice, the Center for Rural Strategies, and Free Press.
The purpose of the summit is to examine rural broadband issues, such as the lower levels of access and use among rural areas and ways the nation might lower cost and improve service to rural users.
We've reached a critical juncture in the debate over the future of wireless Internet in America. Improving connections for rural communities has become a central point of debate over AT&T's proposed take over of T-Mobile. The Justice Department has sued to stop the deal, in part because of concerns about service to rural. Now is the perfect time to discuss what will work to connect millions of underserved Americans to high-speed Internet.
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A new report written by University of Texas – Austin researcher Sharon Strover says that rural areas that don't have broadband access will be economically crippled.
Rural groups joined the National Rural Assembly’s Rural Broadband Policy Group in sending a letter to the FCC urging the commission to expand its proposal for net neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle that all information and applications on the Internet are treated equally and that all consumers have equal access to this information.
By Dee Davis
Donald was 6' 6", a big 6' 6" at that, with large hands, an open-mouth menacing look, acne scarred and a baseball cap mostly worn backwards, not that the rest of us were that damn handsome. Donald had some handicaps. Nobody said anything about it. Who would? Still you just noticed even if you were trying not to.
The three-year, $7 million grant will go to a national partnership of nonprofits to build public support for policies that benefit rural children and families. The Center for Rural Strategies will manage the partnership and serve as fiscal agent for the initiative.
Rural young people from across the width and breadth of the United States gathered April 22-25, 2010, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in rural America. Videos, blog posts, photo essays, and "digital postcards" are among the many online resources generated through the first National Rural Youth Assembly.
Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies president, writes in our Daily Yonder:
"In my part of rural Kentucky, the best day of the year is the Thursday that starts the NCAA basketball tournament. What a day. There are ten hours of games on the television, 64 teams full of possibility, and you don’t have to wrap any presents. But then there comes the inevitable, the day your team loses, your bracket goes bust, and the team you hate keeps winning. There, in that despair our relationship to the thing we love is tested."