Route Fifty: Counties Take Broadband Maps Into Their Own Hands

Route Fifty: Counties Take Broadband Maps Into Their Own Hands. “The National Association of Counties plans to launch a mobile app Monday that will help the organization crowdsource broadband speed maps to pinpoint the flaws in the Federal Communication Commission’s much-criticized maps.”

Google Fiber’s biggest failure: ISP will turn service off in Louisville (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Google Fiber’s biggest failure: ISP will turn service off in Louisville. “Google Fiber will turn off its network in Louisville, Kentucky and exit the city after a series of fiber installation failures left cables exposed in the roads. Google Fiber’s customers in Louisville will have to switch ISPs and will get their final two months of Google Fiber service for free to help make up for the disruption.”

Route Fifty: State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

Route Fifty: State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America. “Electric cooperatives want to help bridge the digital divide between rural and urban America as more federal funding becomes available for rural broadband. But a 77-year-old law may prevent one of the nation’s poorest states from fully tapping into millions of new federal dollars to expand high-speed internet service to needy rural communities.”

CNET: FCC kicks off investigation into broadband map accuracy

CNET: FCC kicks off investigation into broadband map accuracy. “The federal government keeps a map that highlights areas that have or don’t have broadband service. Critics say this national broadband map doesn’t accurately reflect the level of access in the US. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is going to act on this.”

Digital Trends: The best internet speed tests

Digital Trends: The best internet speed tests. “Internet service providers like to make a lot of claims about upload and download speeds when you sign up, but do you ever wonder how those numbers compare to the speeds you’re actually getting on a day-to-day basis? These are the best internet speed tests to help you determine your upload and download speeds, as well as identify other issues with your network, such as packet loss, latency issues, or physical connection problems.”

New York Times: Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says

New York Times: Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says. “Ferry County in northeastern Washington spans more than 2,200 square miles of mostly forestland, rivers and lakes. And according to the Federal Communications Commission, everyone in the sprawling county has access to broadband internet. But that is not the reality experienced by the roughly 7,500 residents of this county, which is rich in natural beauty but internet-poor.”