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Posted inBroadband and Technology

Commentary: Getting The Most from the Nation’s Investment in Rural Broadband

The Biden Administration has promised to spend up to twenty billion dollars to increase broadband infrastructure in rural America. Without question, high-speed broadband is essential to participation in the 21st Century economy as well as access to many educational and healthcare services. Yet, today, a significant percentage of rural communities do not have broadband access […]

Posted inAgriculture

Anti-Corporate Ag Conversation Moves to a Friendlier Venue: Yale University

Yale University is convening a conference this weekend featuring rural voices taking on corporate power and lack of competition in the agriculture and food system.  The event will feature academics, researchers, and investigative journalists who have a much more difficult time discussing these issues openly in agribusiness-friendly states in the Midwest and West, according to […]

Posted inArts and Culture

Art Project Involving All Fifty States Finds Home in Rural Connecticut

The American Mural Project (AMP) is a giant endeavor located in a small town. Twenty-two years in the making, the multimillion-dollar project is the world’s largest indoor collaborative artwork at five stories high and 120 feet long. The project is a tribute to working people in the United States and encompasses a flourishing educational program […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Fauci: Dark Months Ahead; Rural Residents Should Focus on Prevention

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, M.D., says rural Americans need to double-down on measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, lest a surge in patients overwhelm rural hospitals. Fauci, director of the National institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said rural areas can expect January and February to be difficult months for the pandemic. He […]

Posted inGrowth and Development

Commentary: It’s Time for the Hillbilly Highway to Become a Two-Way Road

In his book, Hillbilly Elegy (now a major motion picture streaming on Netflix),  J.D. Vance references the so-called “Hillbilly Highway.” The “Highway” refers to the decades-long mass migration of Appalachians who have left their ancestral homes seeking greater economic opportunity in urban areas.  I hit that highway too, when I was 18 years old. I […]