Update from Connected Nation

Last week the Wall Street Journal ran an article on the Connected Nation maps. There were some numbers in the report that jumped out at me. The CN folks had told me a while ago that the spoke to fewer than 100 providers in Kentucky; the article said that CN spoke to 300. Well, it turns out CN has talked to about 335 providers across 6 states. The WSJ was wrong.

So I guess that’s why I don’t get into the CN debate.

I want to thank Brent Legg from CN for emailing me with the correction and sending some other material. There’s a response to the WSJ article.

Better than that though is a list of the providers with whom they have worked. One thing to remember is that at least in Minnesota they only talk to folks who provide infrastructure – not resellers. (So you may not see your ISP listed.) They have been able to work with most providers in Minnesota. Going through the CenturyTel merger at the time, Embarq was not able to get them info before the preliminary maps completed last February – but they have since responded.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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