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Posted November 11, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado 

Loveland breaks ground on city-owned broadband utility by Carina Julig, The Denver Post

Removing banned tech from China’s Huawei will cost rural Colorado telecoms over $300 million. Will it even fix the problem? by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun 

City unanimously approves contracts with Colorado Boring and On Trac for Pulse project by Max Levy, Reporter Herald 

 

Idaho

Reader Comment: Idaho is behind on broadband, MagicValley 

 

Illinois

Statewide broadband access goal of ‘Connect Illinois’ by Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal Register 

“We are planning to take a measured approach,” Schmit said, with perhaps $50 million in matching grants being made available in a first round. He said the application process, yet to be announced, will allow “providers, cooperatives, public-private partnerships, communities themselves” and other entities to seek those grants.

 

Iowa

Fort Dodge residents give approval to city-owned broadband by Roger Riley, WHOTV

Waterloo, Iowa, contemplates its broadband choices by Jed Pressgrove, GovTech

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Posted October 28, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Idaho

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

 

Iowa

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

Broadband issues aired at forum by Bill Shea, The Messenger 

 

Maine

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

 

Massachusetts

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."

 

Minnesota

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

 

Mississippi 

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Posted October 21, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Who gets access to fast broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17 by Hernan Galperin, Thai Le, and Kurt Daum, USC Annenberg 

 

Colorado

Broadband lights up West County prospects by Michael Cox, Montrose Daily Press

 

Florida

Lakeland wants to build a broadband network by Bradley George, WUSF

 

Idaho

The city with the best fiber-optic network in America might surprise you by Jay Woodruff, Fast Company 

 

Iowa

As Iowa works for broadband, reality of situation is murky by Rod Boshart, The Gazette 

Editorial: Waterloo behind on broadband, The Courier 

 

Maryland

Garrett works to bring broadband to more residents, Cumberland Times-News

 

Minnesota

Monticello receives prestigious award for broadband leadership by Jeffrey Hage, Monticello Times

Senator Tina Smith spends time diving deep on broadband and rural economics by Jess Gorman, Advocate Tribune 

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Posted October 14, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Editorial: Internet’s future rests on California’s defense of net neutrality law, Mercury News 

 

 

Illinois

Initiative seeks to boost conditions in region by Marco Cartolano, Journal-Courier 

 

Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa, to consider municipal broadband project by Tim Johnson, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

 

Massachusetts 

Rep. Barrett says lifting line fees would speed municipal broadband, but utilities likely to hang tight to this revenue stream by Larry Parnass, Berkshire Eagle

Before fiber-optic cable can be strung on utility poles, space for new telecommunications lines must be prepared in a costly process known as "make ready."

Make that pole space ready for free, says state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams.

"The make-ready costs are ridiculous," he said. "That's really a game-breaker."

Williamstown researching potential for municipal broadband by Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires

 

Missouri

CU fiber optics expansion will benefit community by Joe Reynolds, Springfield News-Leader

 

Montana

Bozeman Fiber considers what’s next for local broadband by Katheryn Houghton, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

 

 

New York

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Posted October 7, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

City of Long Beach launches digital inclusion roadmap development process to promote digital equality and inclusion, Signal Tribune 

 

Colorado 

Fort Collins Connexion plans big discounts on gig-speed Internet for low-income residents by Jacy Marmaduke, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Cheap Internet for low-income users spreads in Denver, but there’s more to the urban digital divide by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun 

 

Florida

Lakeland residents invited to ask leaders their questions about proposed city-owned Internet service at broadband forum by Sara-Megan Walsh, Lakeland Ledger 

 

Georgia

How Georgia made its unique broadband coverage map by Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology

In rural Georgia, access to broadband worse than data showed, Tuscaloosa News

 

Iowa

Disconnection: Business concerns lead Waterloo to explore municipal broadband by Tim Jamison, The Courier 

“We’re just adhering to what the businesses and the residents of the community have been telling us for a long time.

“Broadband internet connections are essential today,” he added. “We just want to make sure that we are competitive and that we continue to try to offer the best opportunity.”

Maine

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Posted September 23, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Lakeport looks to increase broadband infrastructure by Zack Jordan, Record-Bee

 

Colorado

Colorado town offers 1 Gbps for $60 after years of battling Comcast by Karl Bode, TechDirt

 

Georgia

In rural Georgia, access to broadband worse than data showed, Times Free Press 

 

Massachusetts 

Easthampton explores pathways for municipal Internet by Michael Connors, Daily Hampshire Gazette 

Though it wasn’t brought up at the meeting, Peake said the cities of Holyoke, Westfield and Greenfield had all reached out to the committee, expressing interest in a partnership. In a partnership, the other city could essentially provide and maintain the utility through an expansion of existing services and take a percentage of the overall revenue.

 

New York

State hearing to look at rural access to broadband Internet by Ellen Abbott, WRVO 

 

Texas

The digital redlining of Dallas by Doug Dawson, POTs and PANs 

 

Washington

Nisqually Tribe gets $50,000 to study possible broadband network for Yelm, Roy and McKenna, Nisqually Valley News 

 

West Virginia

Better community broadband: County Commission applies for service extension grant by Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Posted September 16, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

Digital divide: Broadband access in Alabama by Greg Privett, Waay TV

 

California

Buying PG&E’s distribution network could also make municipal broadband possible by Preston Rhea, San Francisco Examiner

Time to provide real broadband service by Grant Beltrami, Napa Valley Register

Alternatives to getting broadband internet in Nevada County by Erika Kosina, The Union 

 

Florida

Lakeland, Fla., invites resident feedback on broadband by Sara-Megan-Walsh, The Ledger 

Tallahassee broadband study likely to be completed by December by Karl Etters, Tallahassee Democrat

 

Georgia

Georgia rural broadband situation worse than FCC maps showed, new mapping underway by Emma Hurt, WABE

 

Maine

7-town Broadband Committee meets with ConnectME head by Mary Ellen Barnes, Boothbay Register 

 

Ohio

FairlawnGig fiber boosts regional economy by Marsha Zager, Broadband Communities

Home prices rose 8.7 percent in the first year after the network went live and 8.5 percent the following year; although not all the increase is attributable to FairlawnGig, home prices in the surrounding county rose by only 1.9 percent. Homes in Fairlawn stay on the market for an average of only six days, also unusual by local standards....

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Posted September 9, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado 

Connexion launches broadband services, announces prices by Marshall Dunham, Collegian 

Municipal broadband wins and Comcast fails scoring 1Gbps Internet service for $60 per month by Brandon Hill, Hot Hardware

“The cruel irony of the digital divide” in Colorado: Urban poor are left behind even as access, technology improves by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun

“Almost all (public) subsidies are going to households with zero access as opposed to households with zero money,” said Mitchell, who works on digital-divide issues. “The political dynamic is that there are no opponents to working on rural broadband. … If you start to look into investing in broadband for lower-income users, you make the cable companies nervous because it increases competition.”

 

Florida

With broadband, Lakeland must be wary of ‘experts’ by Katie Kienbaum, Herald-Tribune

 

Kentucky 

KentuckyWired broadband project completed in Eastern Kentucky, WYMT

 

Maine

Town of Oakland launches broadband survey to determine technological needs of community by Elaine Theriault-Currier, Bangor Daily News

 

Michigan

Manistee County awarded $13 M for rural broadband, Manistee News Advocate

 

Minnesota

Feeding innovation in greater Minnesota, broadband-powered technology discussions by Alison Durheim, KEYC...

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