Farm Fresh Broadband Chris Ali Podcast
How to Get Connected – The Christopher Ali Podcast
If you’re wondering how to get connected, you’re not alone. The Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition is hosting a fireside chat on September 29th featuring Christopher Ali, associate professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, and author of a new book, Farm Fresh Broadband.
Ali’s book examines the failure of rural broadband policy and discusses how to fix it. He compares broadband development to the Rural Electrification Act, which was launched in the 1930s and led to electricity reaching 96% of rural homes by 1956. While there are many pitfalls to the current broadband policy, Ali argues that it can be improved by addressing the needs of rural America.