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Posted July 16, 2018 by Nick

California

Net neutrality makes comeback in California; lawmakers agree to strict rules by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

A California net neutrality bill that could impose the toughest rules in the country is being resurrected.

The bill was approved in its strongest form by the California Senate, but it was then gutted by the State Assembly's Communications Committee, which approved the bill only after eliminating provisions opposed by AT&T and cable lobbyists. Bill author Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has been negotiating with Communications Committee Chairman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and other lawmakers since then, and he announced the results today.

In America’s tech capital, tens of thousands go without home Internet. Here’s how San Francisco wants to fix it. by Brian Fung, The Washington Post

Should San Francisco’s network move forward, it would become one of only a few in the United States to operate this way, analysts say, making it a bold experiment not just as an infrastructure project but also as a matter of  policy. Today, fewer than 200,000 U.S. households benefit from these types of open-access infrastructure policies, said Christopher Mitchell, a broadband advocate at the Institute for Local Self Reliance.

San Francisco’s proposal faces opposition from incumbents such as AT&T and Comcast. (AT&T declined to comment for this story. Comcast didn’t respond to a request for comment.) Industry officials routinely show up to community meetings on the city project to stay abreast of it, Farrell said, and they’re engaged in heavy marketing of...

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Posted July 9, 2018 by Nick

California

Internet Service Providers Pour $1 Million into California Assembly As Net Neutrality Debate Rages by Laura Curlin and Alec Saslow, MapLight

California's Strong Net Neutrality Bill Is Back by Dell Cameron, Gizmodo

 

Colorado

Fort Collins Broadband Bonds Issued and Sold Out by Theresa Rose, North Forty News

Moving broadband to the next step by Michelle Perry, Craig Daily Press

The city of Craig and Moffat County are partnering with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership to lead local broadband implementation, and CMEDP has financial support from these three entities, plus Memorial Regional Health, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Moffat County School District and Moffat County Local Marketing District to drive the process forward.

The city of Craig will be the network owner and fiscal agent for the project. Mammoth will serve as the network operator, negotiating contracts and overseeing the development, maintenance and operations of the project.

City broadband service is about connecting Fort Collins to opportunities by Darin Atteberry, The Coloradoan

 

Kentucky

Infrastructure: Statewide Broadband on Track for 2019-20 by Dawn Marie Yankeelov, The Lane Report 

 

Mississippi

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Posted July 2, 2018 by Nick

California

Watering-down of net neutrality bill draws backlash by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press [Ventura County Star]

A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats in Congress.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago leads a committee that this week stripped whole chunks of a net neutrality measure. He stirred a passionate reaction from open internet advocates who think the state that is home to the technology sector and the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump should take a hardline stance on the matter.

The decision reverberated far beyond California's Capitol, drawing rebukes from members of Congress and leading the state Democratic chairman to try to diffuse tension. Santiago quickly drew fire in online memes and a flood of calls to his office accusing the Los Angeles lawmaker of selling out to internet providers, citing his contributions from AT&T.

 

Colorado

Boulder City Council Votes to Fund Citywide Broadband Network by Brianna Williams, Next City

The Fort Collins broadband service will be called … by Nick Coltrain, The Coloradoan

 

Iowa

Rural matters: Small town voters are looking for big ideas in 2018 by Bill Menner, Cedar Rapids Gazette

So, what could the next governor or Legislature or Congress do to help?

Fund significantly the existing broadband grant program. Legislators funded it for the first time this year, approving $1.3 million. In fact, the high-speed broadband of...

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Posted June 25, 2018 by Nick

California

California 'net neutrality' bill must not block state's broadband investment by John Husing, Desert Sun

Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated' by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 

Colorado

With public support high, Boulder moves to fund citywide fiber buildout through debt by Shay Castle, Boulder Daily Camera

Citing high public support and demand for better, cheaper internet, Boulder's City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to fund through the issuance of debt the $15 million construction of what will become the backbone of a citywide broadband network.

In a survey, the results of which were presented publicly for the first time during Tuesday night's meeting, 90 percent of respondents supported city-owned and -operated internet, and as many said they would be very or somewhat likely to purchase service from the city.

Another surprising result was the share of households — somewhere between 4 percent and 7 percent — with no internet service, due to lack of access or affordability. A staff-provided map showed that most of the under-served areas were in low-income neighborhoods.

Frustrated with your internet service? El Paso County wants to hear from you. by Rachel Riley, Colorado Springs Gazette

 

Connecticut

Municipalities sue PURA over broadband decision by Matt Pilon, Hartford Business Journal

 

Florida

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Posted June 18, 2018 by Nick

Alabama

Would higher-speed broadband bring more jobs to Birmingham? by John Huddleston, WBRC

 

Massachusetts

At town meeting, Mount Washington voters approve funding for broadband network by Kristin Palpini, Berkshire Eagle

 

Missouri

Kansas City, Mo., Issues RFP for Smart City Partner by Skip Descant, Government Technology

 

New Hampshire

New law could improve Internet access by Nicholas Handy, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

 

New York

Digital Equity Lab Launches in NYC by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology

Municipal fiber network in Syracuse could bring lots of possibilities by Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

The city of Syracuse could take the first steps toward building a municipal fiber network this summer. The project would provide high speed bandwidth at an affordable price for the city, but could also benefit the community. 

 

North Carolina

Leaders consider net neutrality protections for North Carolinians by Nicole Neuman, WNCT

 

Oregon

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Posted June 11, 2018 by Nick

Arkansas

Digital divide about more than minimal connections by Michael Lazzara, Fayetteville Observer

 

Colorado

Loveland council to vote on awarding contract for municipal broadband network design to Nokia by Julia Rentsch, Loveland Reporter Herald

 

Georgia

Lawmakers look to ‘small cell’ tech for rural high-speed internet answers by Diane Wagner, Northwest Georgia News

 

Kentucky

Louisville's digital divide is about more than internet access — here's why by Bridgett Weaver, Louisville Business Journal [Subscription Required]

 

Minnesota

Measuring Broadband's (Public) Return on Investment by Tim Marema, The Daily Yonder

A new study commissioned by the Blandin Foundation may help small communities put some hard numbers behind broadband’s public benefit. 

“Return on Investment: Measuring Impact of Broadband in Five Rural Minnesota Communities” looks at communities that have spent public funds on building out networks. The words “high speed” are critical. These communities have run fiber to homes and businesses or have plans to do so in the near future.  

 

Missouri

Council to hear report recommending it form group to study broadband by...

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Posted June 4, 2018 by Nick

Colorado

Why you might want to buy (or not) Fort Collins broadband bonds by Nick Coltrain, The Coloradoan

Cortez reveals results of fiber project feasibility study by Stephanie Alderton, The Cortez Journal

 

Maine

Broadband: What Will It Take For Connectivity Across Maine? by Jonathan P. Smith, Maine Public

We’ll hear from experts and entrepreneurs about ways to bring high-speed internet to all of Maine. This is in advance of the statewide 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference, in which Maine communities and national experts will share lessons learned to date, look at new ways for solving shared challenges, and identify what’s next for broadband funding and policy in Maine.

 

Missouri

Missouri U.S. Senators Sign Letter to Address Rural Broadband Coverage by Jason Taylor, MissouriNet

Rural broadband could receive a boost by Ray Scherer, News Press Now

 

North Carolina

“Tweaking” North Carolina’s state budget fails to address the underlying issue of failure to invest by Luis Toledo, NC Policy Watch -- Progressive Pulse

 

Oregon

Wyden, Bonamici announce new fight for net...

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Posted May 28, 2018 by Nick

Colorado

Greeley City Council talks broadband in work session by Sara Knuth, Greeley Tribune

Consumer satisfaction with cable, Internet Service Providers drops again by David B. Cline, The Coloradoan

Cortez reveals results of fiber project feasibility study by Stephanie Alderton, The Cortez Journal

 

Connecticut

Telecom industry books major win in municipal-broadband fight by Matt Pilon, Hartford Business

PURA's decision limits communities' use of pole space to local governmental activities like building networks for schools and other public buildings.

The ruling takes away what was once seen as the most economical and realistic avenue to forming municipal broadband networks in Connecticut, imperiling the hopes of communities desiring more affordable, gigabit-speed internet to spur economic growth, attract younger workers and close the "digital divide" for lower-income residents.

 

Minnesota

The speed of your internet service is -- cringe -- up to Congress by Hannah Jones, Minneapolis City Pages

A chance to succeed by Laurel Beager, International Falls Journal

Kudos to members of Koochiching Technology Initiative, or KTI, a local group seeking letters of support from businesses and individuals explaining how internet, or an improved internet, has a made a difference or could make a difference in their lives and their businesses.

The letters will...

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Posted May 21, 2018 by Nick

Alabama

Sen. Doug Jones pushes rural broadband expansion by Mitch Sneed, Alex City Outlook

 

Colorado

Cortez to reveal results from internet feasibility study by Stephanie Alderton, The Cortez Journal

Pikes Peak region's rural communities looking for broadband on-ramp by Rachel Riley, Colorado Springs Gazette

 

Georgia

The Big Disconnect: Google Fiber’s Unfulfilled Promise In Atlanta by Jim Burress, WABE

Commission District 1: Patrick Davenport and Sharyn Dickerson by Blake Aued, Flagpole

Sharyn Dickerson: Create a Municipal Broadband Network. If determined to be feasible, given a recent presentation to Athens-Clarke County, work to establish a Municipal Broadband Network. The goal would be to provide residents living in more rural portions of our community (e.g.: District 1) with secure and reliable internet access.   Consider possible capital funding needed to build wireless network system through a future Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project.

 

Massachusetts

Sandisfield candidates talk roads, broadband, economic development by Heather Bellow, Berkshire Eagle

 

Michigan

TCL&P wants fiber network operator by Jordan Travis, Traverse City Record-...

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Posted May 14, 2018 by Nick

California

City Committee to Look at Future of Internet in Pasadena, Just Days After Weekend's Charter Spectrum Citywide Outage by Pasadena Now

Pasadena’s Chief Information Officer Philip Leclair, who heads the Department of Information Technology, will make a presentation about the growing demand for reliable broadband services in the City, how the current situation compares with what other California cities are doing, and what direction his department is recommending so the community could meet its broadband needs in the future.

The City operates its own robust fiber optic network servicing its own data connectivity needs as well as some businesses and educational institutions, but over 99 percent of households in the City depend on three commercial service providers: Spectrum, AT&T and Frontier Communications.

In a memorandum for the Committee, Leclair indicated it may not be feasible for the City to invest in expanding its own fiber optic network beyond its current reach, and instead would rather recommend that the commercial providers be allowed to upgrade their services especially in Pasadena’s residential neighborhoods.

Farrell’s citywide internet plan could benefit transit, public health agencies by Joshua Sabatini, SF Examiner

 

Colorado

Longmont battling NextLight misconceptions with few remaining multi-family property managers by Sam Lounsberry, Longmont Times-Call

For Boulder's 2018 ballot, fracking, broadband, soda-tax update up for discussion by Alex Burness, Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder has for about two years been seriously evaluating how the city might attract, or maybe even create, a cheaper, faster...

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