After Six Years Will SOAR Lift Off?

Appalachia’s coal country is struggling to diversity its economy amidst the collapse of the coal industry. SOAR, or Shaping Our Appalachian Future, is an effort begun 6 years ago by Rep. Hal Rogers and then Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to rebuild the regional economy. The Ohio Valley ReSource’s Sydney Boles attended the annual meeting and […]

Don’t Break the Internet Before Rural Gets It

If you use the Internet or are one of the many rural residents who hope to get the Internet, December 14 was a big day. Under a plan proposed by Anjit Pai, President Trump’s choice for chairman, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to dismantle Net Neutrality, the open Internet principles that more […]

Internet in Rural America

It’s been a big year for Internet in the coalfields, and across rural Appalachia, with citizens demanding better Internet access and high speed Broadband, and some policy makers in DC saying rural America doesn’t need it. In this episode of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, Benny Becker brings us stories of people who have […]

Net Neutrality Repeal Has Rural Impact

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move to repeal Net Neutrality and classification of Broadband Internet as a Title II Telecommunications Service could have significant impact on rural America, where the digital divide is already the largest. In this edition of Mountain Talk, host Mimi Pickering explores potential impacts with economist Roberto Gallardo from Mississippi State […]