Community Broadband Media Roundup - October 28


Idaho Falls City Council votes to extend high speed fiber network to entire city, East Idaho News 



New fiber optic lines coming to Lohrville by Elijah Decious, The Messenger 

Broadband issues aired at forum by Bill Shea, The Messenger 



City of Bangor to host "Broadband Summit," WABI

New 10-cent surcharge on Maine phone lines will fund broadband expansion, Portland Press Herald

Internet companies leave customers in the dark on storm-related outages, Portlans Press Herald

Our view: Storm exposes flaw in Maine’s cable regulation, Portland Press Herald



Quincy looks to build fiber optic network for better Internet by Liz Markhlevskaya, Patch

"This is really a part of the economy, and this is something people should have to access jobs and other resources," said Cain. "Having Internet is now part of our daily lives that we probably take for granted, but some people still don't have access to in a cheap manner."



Chisago County broadband advocate receives Courageous Leadership Award, County News Review 



Rural broadband workshops target community leaders by Nathan Gregory, Daily Journal 



Community broadband: Municipal broadband success stories by Kendra Chamberlain, The Salem News


New Hampshire 

One rural N.H. town is hoping to bring in broadband without taking on debt by David Brooks, Concord-Monitor

Sandwich, like many rural communities in New Hampshire and most of the rest of the country, has struggled to keep up with people’s increasing demands for broadband Internet. Broadband is needed for many in-home businesses, and is increasingly sought by people looking to buy homes or commercial properties.

This became clear during a series of “listening sessions” held by the Broadband Committee over the summer, where people presented a litany of woes about slow Internet interfering with business and family plans.



Grant to bring broadband to southeast Ohio by David E. Malloy, The Herald-Dispatch



Multnomah County, other cities eyeing Internet as public utility by John Hendricks, FOX12 

Municipal broadband can be a great success by Katie Kienbaum,



Philadelphia's IT plan focuses on digital equity, tech coordination by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive 



$2.85 million grant to improve rural broadband announced in Tennessee by Adrian Sainz, EfficientGov



ECFiber helps pave the way for other community broadband entities by Eric Blaisdell, Times Argus  

Brattleboro considering efforts to pave way for local broadband, WCAX3

Brattleboro stays engaged in broadband talks by Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer



Anacortes fiber optic network taking orders by Jacqueline Allison, GoAnacortes


West Virginia

Sen. Manchin encourages WV residents to test Internet speeds by Charles Young, WVNews 



Investment in broadband infrastructure can create cost savings and community self-empowerment by Cat Blake, Benton Institute

Expensive broadband is pricing millions out of accessing the Internet by Katie Collins, CNet 

FCC study declares US broadband is wonderful, nothing to see here by Karl Bode, VICE

Rural broadband is a problem, and Georgia is mapping it by Emma Hurt, Marketplace

Remember George Glidden from Lumpkin County? His house technically has broadband service. But in reality, it wasn’t worth much. 

“We need pricing data. We also need reliability data,” Mitchell said. “That reliability component is very important, but that’s not showing up in any maps right now, really.”

The shift from connecting people to connecting things: Why 5G will not reduce the digital divide, The Good Men Project

Limited rural broadband is about people, too by Rebecca Miller, Farm and Dairy