Parents turn to private "pods" to school children

Jul 21, 2020
The groups of families are a way to mitigate the cost of schooling at home.
TOPSHOT - Instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020.
FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

T-Mobile-Sprint merger depends on promise to bring 5G to rural America

May 21, 2019
But it will require big spending on new tech in areas with small customer bases.
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images

Budget deal includes funds for rural broadband expansion

by
Feb 15, 2019
Efforts to expand broadband service in rural areas got a boost from the budget bill approved this week on Capitol Hill. Under the deal, the Department of Agriculture will receive $550 million to support broadband infrastructure in rural, underserved areas.…
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

5G wireless without China

Jan 7, 2019
Washington regulators are debating a ban on Chinese telecom hardwire, but rural America may pay the price.
The FCC is considering a ban on Chinese telecom hardware like that made by telecom giant ZTE.
Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

5G promises an interconnected world, but at what cost?

Dec 18, 2018
Fifth-generation technology is designed to be faster and to connect more devices at once. The hope is that it may spur new ways of communicating person to person, but also between devices, enabling things like autonomous vehicles. AT&T says it…

How rural America is turning into a digital desert

Dec 6, 2018
The geographic digital divide is wider than ever.
Jez Arnold/Flickr

The local, national and global fight over 5G infrastructure

Oct 11, 2018
Turns out, building a new wireless network doesn't happen without a tussle.
An attendee photographs a 5G logo display during a Qualcomm press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker/Getty Images

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

The Federal Reserve is taking on the digital divide

Oct 8, 2018
Almost 40 percent of rural America doesn't have access to broadband internet or reliable mobile service.
A reel tender helps install fiber-optic cable onto telephone poles in Louisville, Colorado, in 2001.
Michael Smith/Getty Images

88 percent of US students now have fast internet in their classrooms. Here’s why.

Sep 20, 2017
Four years ago, less than 10 percent of U.S. students had adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms, based on Federal Communications Commission standards. Today, 88 percent do, according to a report out this week from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. How did the…

A broadband subsidy that could help narrow the "digital divide"

Apr 4, 2016
The FCC's $9.25 subsidy will open up broadband access to more low-income households.
A $9.25 broadband subsidy could help with issues related to digital inequality. 
Adam Berry/Getty Images