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Opportunity Zones are a chance for us to rebuild rural America
BY MATTHEW DUNNE | THE HILL | 02/15/18 12:00 PM EST
Buried deep in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 is an interesting prospect for struggling communities. A new program, which calls for governors to establish Opportunity Zones in their states, is meant to encourage private investment in low-income regions across the country.
Eliminating net neutrality would hurt rural America
BY MATTHEW DUNNE | THE HILL | 12/12/17 11:00 AM EST
A forthcoming decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eliminate net neutrality will instantly undermine a decade's worth of public investment in rural broadband — at the exact moment rural America is ready to realize the economic potential of the digital age.
The Rural Advantage: How to Make the Best of What We Have
MELANIE PLENDA | SENTINELSOURCE.COM | 12/11/2017
Did you ever wonder what would have happened if Rapunzel, trapped in that tall tower in the middle of rural nowhere all those years, used her ingenuity and available resources to fashion her hair into some kind of ladder to get herself out? What would have happened if she didn’t wait for a prince to come in, lend a hand and take her far away to find her fortune?
Ex-Google exec Matt Dunne has a plan to create a string of tech hubs across rural America
BY ANNA HENSEL | VENTUREBEAT | 11/9/2017 5:20 AM
It’s no secret that while Silicon Valley is gaining jobs, rural America is losing them. A September report from the Economic Innovation Group found that nearly 90 percent of the ZIP codes in the U.S. that qualify as “economically distressed” have fewer than 50,000 people.
Rural America's future is riding on a cell signal
BY MATT DUNNE | WIRED | 06/28/17 06:35 AM
Until recently, if you happened to have a medical emergency while driving through Townshend, Vermont, a hamlet of just more than 1,000 people in the southern, rural area of the state, it would do no good to pull out your iPhone. You would have no signal. "The irony was not lost on us that someone next door to the hospital couldn't dial 911 on their cell phone," says Roger Allbee, CEO of the local hospital, Grace Cottage.
Springfield, Vt., School District to Start a Computer Science Program
STAFF REPORT | VALLEY NEWS | 12/11/2017
The Springfield, Vt. School District is launching a computer science program for middle and high school students, the first of its kind in Vermont, Superintendent Zach McLaughlin announced in a news release last week. The program will start rolling out in January, and is slated to fully materialize in the 2018-2019 school year.