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Casaperalta speaks out about dial-up access

  • Edyael Casaperalta


The Pittsburg Post-Gazette’s report on the continued use of dial-up Internet access quotes Rural Strategies’ Edyael Casaperalta.

Edyael told reporter Deborah M. Todd that the communications industry needs to do more to reach low-income and rural residents with affordable broadband. From the story:

Dee Davis to speak at SXSW Festsival

Dee Davis, President of the Center for Rural Strategies, will sit on the panel "Popping Your Bubble: Stories of the Digital Divide" at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin. The panel, March 9 at 2pm, will address how people in small and isolated communities deal with limited access to broadband. 

Follow the panel on Twitter with the hashtag #SXdgtldiv. Find out more about the panel on the SXSW website

Social Security in rural America

Social Security has a greater economic impact in rural areas than it does in metropolitan ones, according to a study conducted by Roberto Gallardo at the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) at Mississippi State University. Dr. Gallardo conducted the study in conjunction with the Daily Yonder, the independent rural news journal published by the Center for Rural Strategies.

Elouise Cobell: Speaking Rural Truth to Power

  • Elouise Cobell

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 groups call for better broadband service

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.

Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing in Kentucky featuring USDA's Jonathan Adelstein

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.

Here are the details:

Lack of broadband will cripple rural areas

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 Communities Tell FCC to Protect Rural Consumers

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.

Who Plays?


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.

Support the Healthy Food Financing Initiative


The Center for Rural Strategies is part of a nation coalition that supports the President’s FY 2011 budget proposal to invest $345 million in a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).