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Speak Your Piece: New 5G Wireless Will Increase Need for Fiber, not Reduce It

Some folks wonder whether the newer, faster wireless convention of 5G will mean rural areas can skip expensive fiber networks. The answer is “no, that dog won’t hunt.” Like other blended systems, wireless 5G requires fiber to the neighborhood to be effective.... READ MORE

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

What Does Secretary DeVos Know about Rural Schools? Not Much, Say Advocates

A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary's suburban, billionaire background doesn't prepare her to deal with the nation's small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job?... READ MORE

A grain inspector looks at corn in the Mobile headquarters of the Alabama Federal State Inspection Service.

Letter from Langdon: Farmer Protections Are About as Strong as a Puny Pig in a Poke

After an eight-year delay, the Obama administration released new rules to help poultry and hog farmers stand up to corporate abuses. Better late than never? Not if the Trump administration has its way.... READ MORE

Gov. Bill Haslam announces legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee's unserved citizens during a press conference in Antioch, Tennessee. Photo by Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean

Speak Your Piece: Tenn. Gov’s Internet ‘Accessibility’ Proposal Keeps Tight Limits

Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Broadband Accessibility proposal sounds nice enough. But the measure maintains tight restrictions on municipal broadband while handing more freebies to incumbent telecommunications companies that have failed to deliver.... READ MORE

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In the Black: With Time to Spare

The mine foreman exam covers subjects like ventilation, explosives, electrical, laws and regulations, and safety. To complete his exam, Gary has to pass one more section: driving at high speed on mountain roads.... READ MORE

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Newsprint: Ink Stains and Goss Presses

Photographer Peter Crabtree takes us into the belly of the beast...er...pressroom to get a look at how the Hi-Desert Star newspaper is printed. This is the latest installment of Peter's series "Newsprint," featuring photos from small town newspapers across the county.... READ MORE

Donald Trump wants to "put America first."

People on the Land: The Richest of the Rich Whine About the Cost of Democracy

The president's efforts to put America first virtually ensure that our moral, political, and military leadership will make America last.... READ MORE

Eva Gonzalez, 3, flanked by her sister Alondra Martinez (left) and mom, Nelly Gonzalez, attends preschool at the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project center in Faison, North Carolina.

For Migrant Farmworker Families, a Head Start Builds Momentum

The East Coast Migrant Head Start Project offers a preschool program for the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and support for their entire families. Families and employers agree “it’s a blessing.”... READ MORE

The historic Golden Slipper Building in Vale, Oregon, was one more than 120 structures in the area that collapsed after a series of heavy snow storms. The Malheur Enterprise used Facebook to help cover the impact of the storm. Photo by Adam Tolman

Speak Your Piece: Rural Oregon Provides Laboratory for Innovative Journalism

While the urban-focused news business wrings its hands about the future of journalism, maybe there’s something the industry ought to be learning from rural areas. A former investigative reporter for a major metropolitan daily newspaper promotes himself to editor and publisher of the Malheur Enterprise.... READ MORE

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