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Posted October 16, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

 

Colorado

Letter: Municipal broadband connects us all by Zach Shelton, The Coloradoan

Broadband is the glue that connects all of us in the medical field and has increasingly become an equally important tool in our doctor bag. Please vote yes on 2B to ensure we have the opportunity as a city to improve our internet infrastructure to meet the needs of our clinic and many other businesses and individuals in Fort Collins.

Letter: Broadband represents Fort Collins' future by David Austin-Groen, The Coloradoan

FAQ: Fort Collins broadband on the November ballot by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan

 

Florida

Commentary: Cable competition? Winter Park considers it, and Spectrum gets nervous by Scott Maxwell, The Orlando Sentinel

For consumers, though, fear and competition can be good.

Don’t take it from me. Take it from consumer-advocate groups like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which is cheering on Winter Park and other cities, encouraging them to invest in technology and become less reliant on cable and internet providers that have near-monopolies in many markets.

Of course the cable companies will protest, said Christopher Mitchell, the president of the Minneapolis-based Institute. “They’ve fought it in every single city,” he said. “But this is like Starbucks telling a city they shouldn’t have their own coffee machines.”

 

Idaho

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Posted October 9, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

Arizona

Contentious broadband meeting by Alexis Bechman, Payson Roundup

 

Colorado

County agrees on plan to finish broadband project by Niki Turner, Herald Times

 

Idaho

Unique Model Makes Citizens A Funding Partner In Broadband Network By Craig Settles, The Daily Yonder

The Ammon Model by Bryan Clark, Post Register

Participants in Thursday’s conference praised a revolutionary model that uses upfront public investment in order to create a marketplace where residents benefit from intense competition between private internet service providers, competition that’s rarely seen elsewhere in the market.

“Ammon has inspired many other communities around the country,” said Chris Mitchell, policy director of Next Century Cities. “… Ammon has one of the most replicable models (for municipal fiber-optic systems).”

 

Pennsylvania

Slow internet plagues rural areas of Erie County by David Bruce, Go Erie

 

Virginia

Orange County Broadband Initiative Moves Forward by Jennifer Walker, NBC 29

This grant will lay the foundation for future internet plans in the Orange community and act as an additive to programs that are already in place.

“Through the partnership that we’ve been able to establish with the county, we can expand that service out beyond the schools to the community and that’s what’s really important about this... Read more

Posted October 2, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

Idaho

City of Ammon Announces Launch Date for Fiber Utility Services by East Idaho News Staff, East Idaho News

The City’s fiber network is the first of its kind, and puts the small Idaho town on the front lines of infrastructure and economic development. While the city paid for the installation of the fiber infrastructure, the network is “open access”, which allows multiple private internet service providers to compete for customers on the same dedicated fiber line to the home or business.

 

Massachusetts

Effort To Close Broadband Connectivity Gap Is On-Going In Western Mass. by JD Allen, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“We will build a stronger commonwealth of Massachusetts when we build stronger communities,” Polito says.

Polito says communities in western Massachusetts lacking broadband internet share challenges. She says without high-speed internet, businesses, schools, and government services can fall short.

 

Missouri

Rural broadband roundtable calls for federal intervention to increase access by Andrew Sheeley, The Salem News Online

McCaskill pushed Verizon to Change Course on Dropping Nearly 8,500 Customers by Jasmine Adams, KFVS

 

Virginia

County Broadband Project Progresses by Amber Galaviz, Orange County Review

Increasing access to broadband internet a goal... Read more

Posted September 25, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

California

Santa Clarita Begins Broadband Internet Feasibility Study by SCV News

Riverside County Lays Out Case For Countywide Affordable Broadband Project by News Desk, Banning Patch

Riverside County Chief Data Officer Tom Mullen announced the release of three new resource pages explaining the value of affordable, gigabit, high-speed, broadband internet service for businesses, residents and those who lack reliable internet access in the tenth most populous county in the U.S.

Rural Broadband Bill on Governor's Desk by Special to the Enterprise, Davis Enterprise

Bill to devote $330 million to rural broadband heads to governor’s desk by Lake County News

 

Colorado

The Wait for Broadband Service Could Get Even Longer by Niki Turner, Herald Times

Is Broadband Access Around the Corner? By Regan Tuttle, Telluride News

 

Ohio

Johnson speaks about Broadband Expansion by Janell Hunter, The Times Leader

 

Texas

Dallas Fed: A Robust Fiber-Optic Network is... Read more

Posted September 18, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

 

Georgia

Cagle joins Ferguson in Pushing Broadband by Winston Skinner, The Newnan Times-Herald

The lieutenant governor, who is a candidate for governor, recently announced his plan for speeding the deployment of high-speed broadband to underserved areas in rural Georgia.

“Strong infrastructure represents a bedrock component of any strategy to create access to good paying jobs,” Cagle said.

  

Kentucky

Tenn.-based Cable Provider to Bring Service to Warren County by Don Sergent, Bowling Green Daily News

 

Maine

EPA and USDA to Help Two Maine Communities with Economic Development Goals, United States Environmental Protection Agency

 

North Carolina

Internet still Problematic by Josh Bowles, Montgomery Herald

 

Ohio

Limited high-speed internet access in rural Ohio counties causes a digital divide by Bennett Leckrone, The Post

Johnson said it’s difficult to get large companies to provide internet to rural counties with fewer people when there are other markets available. Thus, the responsibility of installing equipment and providing better internet access often falls to small companies.

“This is the only community that (smaller companies) serve, and the only way to make more money from that community is to give them more opportunity to consume,” Johnson said, explaining why smaller companies have more incentive to provide internet access in rural areas. “They can invest... Read more

Posted September 11, 2017 by Kelsey Henquinet

 

California

Senate Bill 649 is a power grab: Letters by Letters to the Editor, Press-Enterprise

One man’s DIY Internet service connects isolated Marin County hamlet by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle

Brandt Kuykendall’s daughter needed fast Internet access to help her excel at school. But he couldn’t find cheap, reliable service that would connect their scenic yet secluded coastal Marin County home.

So Kuykendall taught himself how to create a high-speed wireless Internet service. In about a year and a half, Dillon Beach Internet Service has grown to connect about 145 homes, charging a flat $50 per month, with no equipment rental fees, taxes or installation charges.

 

Colorado 

Fort Collins broadband issue clears legal hurdle by Kevin Duggan, Coloradoan

Lenard Larkin wants to bring new voice to Loveland City Council by Craig Young, Reporter-Herald

On the issue of municipal broadband service, Larkin believes the city of Loveland should offer high-speed internet directly to its residents. 

"I favor the most efficient, economical option for the people, which is the municipal, also called the retail, model," he said. "It has been found that public-private partnerships are inefficient."

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Posted September 4, 2017 by Nick

Alaska

A fight for Internet access is brewing in Alaska by Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

 

Colorado

Letter: Fort Collins can provide fast, reliable Internet service by Tim Tillson, The Coloradoan

State and local officials meet in Moffat County to discuss broadband by Craig Daily Press

 

Massachusetts

Greenfield Internet service rolling out by Aviva Luttrell, The Greenfield Recorder

 

Minnesota

Fond du Lac bridges the digital divide by Konnie LeMay, Indian Country Media Network

Some 900 homes on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation will soon gain something that 80 percent of U.S. residents already take for granted—home access to high-speed Internet service. Thanks to two $3 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants, plus an additional $2.2 million investment from the tribe, some 160 miles of broadband cable are being planted across the rural areas of the reservation, along with 79 additional miles to connect homes. The project, just started, is expected to be complete by fall 2018.

 

New York

Cohoes considers offering citywide Internet service by Kenneth C. Crowe II, Albany Times-Union

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Posted August 28, 2017 by Nick

California

Don't leave rural California behind by Bob Williams, California Forward

Coop works to bring fiber optic Internet to Mountain Center, Garner Valley, and Pinyon by IdyllWild Town Crier

 

Colorado

With study, Erie approaches pursuit of cheaper, faster broadband by Anthony Hahn, Boulder Daily Camera

City Internet survey will tell much to policy-makers by Roger Ison, Loveland Reporter Herald

 

Georgia

Broadband in rural Georgia poised to become a 2018 election issue by Jim Galloway, Atlanta Journal Constitution

And the resentment is not unlike the kind stirred ‘way back when a Ma Bell monopoly said you could have any color telephone you wanted, as long as it was black.

Collins’ bill, one of several in Congress aimed at rural Americans, would defer capital gains taxes on Internet investments in state-designated “gigabyte opportunity zones,” to encourage more companies to crack the rural Internet nut.

But the Gainesville congressman would also like to see an end to the “monopoly” established by the Connect America Fund, a program operated under the auspices of the Federal Communications Commission.

 

Michigan

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Posted August 21, 2017 by Nick

Florida

Lack of broadband hurts higher ed in rural areas by Lloyd Dunkelberger, The Gainesville Sun

 

Maine

Islesboro, CMP sign agreement to move broadband project forward by The Republican Journal Staff

 

New Mexico

Heinrich hosts tribal broadband listening session in Santa Fe by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, KRWG

 

Texas

Shenandoah city council OKs fiber Internet progression to boost web access by Hannah Zedaker, Houston Community Impact

Community wide broadband discussed at join city meeting by Erin Rogers, Texarkana Today

Members of the Joint Texarkana Community Committee, City Council of the City of Texarkana, Texas and Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas met Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of community wide broadband for the twin cities. ...

Representatives from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Texarkana College conveyed their need for robust internet connection; however, the project would encounter potential legal challenges and financial obstacles.

 

Vermont

Low cost high-speed Internet offered to eligible Burlington residents by Pat Bradley, WAMC

The city communications utility is the first ISP in the state to offer affordable high-speed internet to low-income residents.   Governor Phil Scott believes the idea could work statewide.  “It is a statewide issue... Read more

Posted August 14, 2017 by Nick

Colorado

Fort Collins broadband faces long road ahead by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan

Fort Collins voters are a step closer to deciding whether the city may provide high-speed internet service to homes and businesses.

However, there are a lot more steps to be taken before the proposed service becomes a reality.

 

Florida

Commissioner Justin Troller says he will push for action on Lakeland broadband service by Christopher Guinn, The Ledger

 

Kansas

Gigabit City Summit shines national spotlight on KC Smart City by Meghan LeVota, Startland News

 

Michigan

Lyndon Township broadband vote passes two to one by Ben Fineman, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

 

General

Broadband economic benefits: Why invest in broadband infrastructure and adoption? by Roberto Gallardo and Mark Rembert, The Daily Yonder

Maybe Americans don't need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn objected to several aspects of the notice of inquiry, including the failure to increase the home Internet speed benchmark and the consideration of mobile as a replacement for home Internet service.

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