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Posted February 24, 2020 by shrestha

California

California’s broadband fund ignores fiber and favors slow DSL by Ernesto Falcon, EFF

The California legislature needs to fix CASF and convert it into a fiber infrastructure fund focused on upgrading Californian communities into the 21stcentury. To do so, the legislature needs to amend the broadband standard for eligible projects to 100 mbps download by 100 mbps upload with low latency and establish that as the new goal by deleting the DSL standard.

 

Colorado

Bayfield moves toward improved broadband plan by Shannon Mullane, Herald

 

Illinois

USDA invests $3.4 million in broadband for rural Illinois communities, USDA

 

Iowa

Waterloo, Cedar Falls Utilities fear new broadband rules by Tim Jamison, The Courier 

 

Maine

Big telecom say it has first amendment right to sell your private data by Karl Bode, Vice 

Last June, Maine passed a new law intended to protect broadband user privacy. The law demands ISPs clearly disclose what data is collected and who it’s sold to, requiring that users opt in to the sale of sensitive location or financial data. The law also bans ISPs from charging you extra if you want your privacy protected, a practice AT&T engaged in for years.

 

New Hampshire

NH law could hasten local broadband buildout by Adam Sullivan, WCAX 3 

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Posted February 17, 2020 by shrestha

Georgia

USDA invests $4.4 million in rural broadband infrastructure in Georgia’s Gilmer County, USDA

 

Illinois 

State to release $50 million in grants to expand broadband by Kade Heather, SJ-R

 

Kansas 

Not connected and no Netflix: ‘It’s frankly embarrassing’ in these Kansas towns by Kevin Hardy and Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star 

The lack of reliable and high-speed Internet is a well known problem across rural America. But the gaps in access continue to widen as more and more work, school and leisure activities migrate to the digital world. That has accelerated the need for ultra-fast speeds at a time when many parts of Kansas and Missouri have yet to reach the baseline of what’s considered high-speed Internet.

 

Missouri 

How a new model can expand broadband access across communities by Blair Levin, Brookings Institution 

 

New York 

New York City and the FCC have two very different plans for expanding broadband access by Blair Levin, Brookings Institution 

 

Wisconsin

Demand for broadband Internet remains high in rural Wisconsin by Shamane Mills, WPR 

 

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Posted February 10, 2020 by shrestha

Colorado

Project Thor aims to bring Summit County into broadband future by Deepan Dutta, Summit Daily

Everyone should benefit from the higher capacity that is now available,” said Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, who is also board chair for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. “There are many potential benefits for our 911 center, for the hospital, where we often have outages that can be potentially life threatening.

 

Florida

Lakeland seeks private partners to bring forward broadband ideas by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger

 

Illinois 

Illinois releases first phase of getting high-speed Internet everywhere in the State by Breane Lyga, WREX

 

Iowa

What the Iowa Caucus means for getting Iowa online by Makena Kelly, The Verge

 

Kentucky

Group in Oldham County propose municipal owned broadband system by Rose McBride, WHAS11 

 

Maryland

Companies propose $48 million investment in Internet infrastructure in Hagerstown by Alexis Fitzpatrick, Herald-Mail 

 

Massachusetts

Washington penny-pinches its way to high-speed Internet by Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle 

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Posted February 3, 2020 by shrestha

Arizona 

For remote tribes, free airwaves licenses mean chance to connect by Jon Reid, Bloomberg Law

The effort is aimed at bringing internet connections to rural tribal lands—among the least connected parts of the country. Only 45% of people on those lands have access to fixed internet and LTE download speeds capable of streaming high-definition video, according to the latest FCC data. That leaves more than a million people without access to modern broadband internet service.

 

USDA invests $1.6 million in broadband for rural Arizona communities, USDA 

 

Colorado

A second broadband grant application for Chalk Creek Canyon by Jan Wondra, Ark Valley Voice

 

Kentucky 

USDA invests $55.3 million in broadband for rural Kentucky and Tennessee communities, USDA

 

Louisiana

USDA invests $15.5 million in broadband for rural Louisiana communities, USDA

 

Maine 

Maine gets nearly $10 million from federal government to expand broadband access, WMTW

 

Maryland 

Shore lawmakers to fight for high-speed Internet by Candice Spector, The Star Democrat...

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Posted January 27, 2020 by shrestha

Arizona

Bringing rural Arizona up to (high) speed by Victoria Harker, Chamber Business News

 

Idaho

The cost of connectivity in Ammon, Idaho by Becky Chao and Lucas Pietrzak, New America

 

Louisiana

Get Internet service to rural Louisiana, American Press

Ballard said the problem in Louisiana has been the belief that only private industry is innovative and efficient enough to provide internet service. However, he said private companies in this state didn’t extend phone lines to all rural areas until 2005. It’s also why nearly a million homes and businesses get their power from electric cooperatives created by the federal government.

 

Maine 

Broadband-bill sponsors hope to improve Maine’s Internet by Laura Rosbrow, Public News Service

 

Minnesota 

Lueck announces 4 local entities to receive $2.7 million in MN broadband grants, Brainerd Dispatch 

 

Millions awarded for rural broadband in Harmony by Talia Milavetz, KAALtv 

 

Nebraska

USDA invests $5.7 million in broadband for rural Nebraska communities, USDA

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Posted January 21, 2020 by shrestha

Alabama 

New map illustrates state’s rural broadband issue by Caroline Beck, Alabama Daily News

 

Colorado

Fiber optic line, now being installed, expected to bring high speed Internet to rural Ouray County by Leslie Brown, Montrose Press 

 

Georgia

Georgia designates Evans County as broadband ready community by Juile Braly, The Claxton Enterprise

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts pursues its own route to broadband expansion by Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology 

 

With the new broadband system, parents in Montgomery can work from home and students can do their schoolwork without interruption. Firefighters in training can access up-to-date digital materials. Town administrators can start storing and transmitting forms electronically. Emergency managers can share natural disaster information and receive assistance from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

 

North Dakota 

Minot selectmen review broadband expansion report by Eriks Peterson, Sun Journal 

 

Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania counties eye broadband connectivity study by Jeff Himler, Government Technology 

 

Tennessee 

How Chattanooga, Tenn. is...

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Posted January 13, 2020 by shrestha

Arkansas 

New federal funding for broadband aims to expand rural Arkansas efforts  by Roby Brock, TBP

 

Massachusetts 

$10.2 million federal award to increase broadband access in Western Massachusetts by Zack DeLUCA, Greenfield Recorder

 

New York

New York has a plan to fix broadband by introducing actual competition by Karl Bode, Vice

 

The city is also promising that unlike incumbent ISPs, the city’s new network will respect concepts like privacy and net neutrality once completed. With the FCC now widely viewed as a rubber stamp for industry desires, the onus rests on localities to pick up the slack.

 

North Carolina 

Local agencies spending more time bridging ‘digital divide’ for those who don’t use tech in Johnson County by Leah Wankum, Shawnee Mission Post 

 

North Dakota

USDA invests $23 million broadband for rural North Dakota communities, Williston Herald 

 

Daktel Communications will use a $1.8 million ReConnect Program grant to provide broadband service to 406 households and three educational facilities over 354 square miles. Daktel Communications is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier that provides services within the Jamestown, N.D., exchange.

  

Virginia

USDA invests $48 million in broadband for rural Virginia communities by CJ Paschall, NBC29 

 

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Posted January 6, 2020 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

$62.3 million to be invested in bringing broadband to Alabama rural areas by Henry Thornton, Yellowhammer

 

California

Why Internet stops once school ends for many rural California students by Sydney Johnson, PBS NewsHour 

 

Colorado 

Rural communities taking action to accelerate broadband by Judith Kohler, Government Technology 

Rather than waiting for the big Internet providers to lay more fiber to sparsely populated parts of the state, more and more rural communities are using grants, local money and forming public/private partnerships to find their own solutions.

 

Indiana

Churubusco certifies as broadband ready, Building Indiana 

 

Maryland

Governor, legislators need to support local broadband solutions by Katie Kienbaum, The Enterprise

Community broadband networks and public-private partnerships receive support from many state programs to great local benefit. Nonetheless, these networks attract negative attention from groups funded by the large cable and telephone companies that prefer their own monopolies to competition. Communities should be able to decide for themselves what model works best, without interference from special interests.

Missouri 

Rural businesses struggle to get up to speed on high speed Internet by Tatyana Monnay, Komu 8

Missouri ranks 41st in Internet connectivity in the nation, according to BroadbandNow. The Federal Communications Commission considers an acceptable broadband connection is one that delivers...

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Posted December 23, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

Two more grants awarded through Alabama broadband accessibility fund by Sean Ross, Energy Institute of Alabama

 

California

Roughly 25 percent of Fresno County, Calif., lacks Internet by Tim Sheehan, Fresno Bee

 

Maryland

Support Choptank's broadband initiative, Star Democrat

 

Minnesota

Koochiching County establishes benchmark with Intelligent Community Report, International Falls Journal

 

Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri, Iowers emphasis on ‘smart city’ projects by Ryan Johnston, Statescoop

 

Pennsylvania

How Pittsburgh built equity, National League of Cities

 

Rhode Island

Town to enter talks with broadband vendor by Lars Trodson, Block Island Times

 

South Dakota

Connecting South Dakota’s rural communities to opportunities in business, education, health care and beyond by Julie Gross, USDA 

 

Texas

Fed-up with slow and spotty Internet, a small Texas town decided to build its own high-speed network by Melissa Repko, The Dallas Morning News

 

Virginia

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Posted December 16, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado

Residents react to broadband roll out by Jessica Jenkins, TrailGazette 

Fort Collins has already won with Connexion broadband by Patrick Burns, Coloradoan  

 

Georgia 

Georgia authorizes electric cooperatives to deliver rural broadband, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society 

“FCC maps, which use data submitted by current service providers, have been grossly overstating the areas considered “served” by broadband providers. Why are the FCC maps important? Simply put, federal funds for rural broadband have been distributed using the FCC’s flawed maps. It’s no wonder that rural broadband access is such a mess. Thankfully, Georgia is leading the way nationally in defining the broadband problem with new, accurate maps.”

 

Kentucky 

One of the poorest, most desperate regions in Appalachia is experiencing an economic miracle thanks to fiber run by a New Deal-era co-op by Mitch Wagner, Boingboing

 

Maine

MaineCF’s community broadband program awards $100,000 in grants, CentralMaine.com

 

Maryland 

Choptank electric looking to bring broadband service to rural communities by Cate Douglass, WBOC TV

Broadband in rural Maryland? How Eastern Shore could get new provider by Lucas Gonzalez, Delmarva Now 

 

North Dakota  

Rural broadband leads way to a ‘connected society’ in places like...

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