Community broadband advocates in New York rang in the new year celebrating Gov. Kathy Hochul’s announcement of a proposed $1 billion investment to beef up broadband in the Empire State. During her State of the State speech, Gov. Hochul unveiled the ConnectAll Initiative, which aims to “deliver affordable broadband to millions of New Yorkers and transform the state's digital infrastructure through new investments,” with municipal broadband as a centerpiece of the plan.
Communities across the United States got an unexpected gift from the Biden Administration last week in the form of additional flexibility to use Rescue Plan funds for needed broadband investments. We believe this gives local governments wide latitude to use State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for a variety of needed broadband infrastructure investments, especially to resolve affordability challenges.
While a national debate rages over immigration and the border wall, just 30 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Harlingen city officials are coming together to plan the building of a bridge – across the digital divide deep in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. As attractive as Harlingen, Texas has become to residents and visitors, one thing the city lacks is adequate access to broadband. That realization led to a recent city commission vote to fund a feasibility study to determine how the city might build a broadband network and whether it should rely on fiber, fixed wireless, or a mix of technologies to modernize the city's telecommunications infrastructure.
Today we launch the Digital Health Story Collection, an opportunity for health care providers and health care users to share experiences with or difficulties accessing telehealth care across the country. Share your story and help us tell policymakers why having access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet service is critical for health and well-being.