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Posted April 15, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Manhattan Beach takes first step towards installing city-wide fiber optic Internet by Kirsten Farmer, The Beach Reporter 

 

Michigan

Commissioners push for more high-speed Internet by John Matuszak, The Herald-Palladium 

 

Missouri 

Blunt expresses concern about rural broadband expansion in MO, KFVS 12

 

Pennsylvania 

Quest for high-speed Internet: Fiber optic close but out of reach for Valley business by Justin Strawser, The Daily Item 

"Lack of broadband access hinders our students’ ability to learn, it keeps our health care and EMS providers from delivering the best treatment possible, it drives away businesses, and it makes it more difficult for families and friends to connect with one another. Connecting Pennsylvanians to high-speed Internet is the most meaningful rural economic development initiative we can undertake today…” 

When the ‘homework gap’ hits home: How rural Pa. students learn with limited broadband by Sarah Paez, Centre Daily Times

19M rural Americans have little or no Internet access. Here’s how they hope to change that by Tim Johnson, McClatchy DC Bureau 

 

Tennessee 

State should let municipal fiber optic networks expand to meet...

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Posted April 8, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado

Net neutrality measure moves to Polis' desk by Charles Ashby, The Daily Sentinel

"We have set aside nearly $170 million to support new Internet connections, broadband deployment to every corner of Colorado," Hansen said. "That was an incredibly important step that we took together as a General Assembly, but there was one important problem that we didn't address, and that is, what happens if we get in a situation where one of those new providers decides to offer service that's not net neutral."

 

Georgia

BRIEF: Georgia lawmakers OK electric co-ops to sell Internet service by Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“This authorizes one of the main players in rural Georgia to provide a service that they're not legally authorized to provide now,” said House Rules Chairman Jay Powell, a Republican from Camilla. “We're trying to break down the barriers that prevent services from being provided.”

 

 

Massachusetts

Holyoke ballot question will gauge interest in city-run Internet service by Dennis Hohenberger, MassLive

Apple Valley set to receive broadband by Grace Bird, The Greenfield Recorder 

 

Mississippi

CLW looks to fund broadband expansion itself by Amanda Lien, The Dispatch

 

Missouri 

Voter turnout, broadband Internet updates provided at county commission meeting by Sarah Gray, The Marshall Democrat-News

 

New York

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Posted April 1, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Can Redding become the nation's next 'Gig City?' by Michele Chandler, Redding Record Searchlight

“It’s kind of like when the city gives somebody a sewer. You get a sewer connection or you get a water connection. This way, you get a fiber connection. Then you can get on and sign up with any number of different services from the private sector for your bandwidth,” McElvain said.

 

Kentucky

The pathway forward for mapping broadband speeds in America by Ed Blayney, Medium

 

Maine

Free downtown wifi 'no longer a luxury' in places like Waterville, Millinocket by Maureen Milliken, MaineBiz

 

New Hampshire

Broadband project seeks local support by Daymond Steer, Conway Daily Sun 

 

Texas

Houston officials raise the alarm over bill to limit cable franchise fees by Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle 

Houston and San Antonio officials also argue that the bill would provide disproportionate benefits to the largest telecom companies, which are generally the ones who pay cable franchise fees and right-of-way access line charges.

 

Vermont

Vermont House overwhelmingly advances broadband bill funding community models by John Dillon, VPR

"We know that national cable and wireless providers are not...

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Posted March 25, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas

City of Fayetteville seeks broadband expansion by Hicham Raache, KNWA

"We want to make sure that the people in NWA and Fayetteville have the tools they need to understand the technology and to use it effectively to participate in the digital economy," Jordan said. 

 

California

Garamendi aims to ‘save the Internet’ with focus on rural communities by Matthew Keys, Daily Republic 

 

Colorado

Introducing community-owned and operated broadband, Estes Park News

 

Florida

Flagler business town hall focuses on broadband access by Aaron London, St. Augustine Record 

“We’ve gotten to a point today where having high-speed access is no different from turning on your water in the morning or turning your lights on,” she said. “It’s not something that separates us from an economic development standpoint when we have it to make us better than anybody else, but the differentiating point today is when you don’t have it.”

 

Iowa

Vinton pushes forward with fiber-to-home by Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette

 

Maine

Maine picks new director to lead broadband push, The News & Observer

 

New York

Poloncarz wants to close county's digital divide with $20M high-speed network by Sandra Tan and Caitlin Dewey, The Buffalo News

 

Oregon

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Posted March 18, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado

Trustees approve broadband project by Tyler Pialet, Trail-Gazette

"Broadband service is critical for any community moving into the future, and technological challenges are greater for a smaller community like Estes Park," Lancaster said.

 

New Hampshire

Voters to decide on broadband for Chesterfield by Bob Audette, Brattleboro Reformer

 

Oregon

Maupin, Oregon completes gigabit broadband network, bridging the digital divide, Cision 

 

Tennessee

Milan provides residential broadband as part of public utilities by Josh Robinson, WBBJ News

 

Virginia

Botetourt County fighting for broadband access by Cynthia Beasley, ABC 13 News

"From the time I got that email..." she said. "Ten minutes - to get that website to load. By the time I got there the job was already gone. Because of the slow Internet, I wasn't able to get that job."

 

Washington

Click! seeks public comment on proposed partnership with cable, Internet provider, The Suburban Times

 

General 

Silicon Valley mayor to feds: ‘Get out of the way’ of innovation by Jack Corrigan, Nextgov

“Good policy could take one of two forms. If you want to treat telecom...

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Posted March 11, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas

Q&A with Jeremiah Sloan, Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation: Arkansas co-op builds fiber fast by Sam Pratt, Broadband Communities 

 

Minnesota

Broadband 'moonshot' has rural Minnesotans hopeful by John Reinan, Star Tribune

“They did it in the ’30s with electricity. They did it in the ’50s with telephones. This is the electricity of the 21st century,” said Anne Schwagerl, an organic farmer in Browns Valley on the South Dakota border.

 

Mississippi

Electric co-ops look into funding opportunities to provide Internet service by Dennis Seid, Daily Journal

 

North Carolina

New partnership to test models that could bring high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved rural North Carolinians, NC Electric Cooperatives

“From a utility standpoint, broadband technologies benefit cooperative members by allowing them to better manage their home energy use, and they will make cooperative distribution systems more dynamic, flexible and efficient,” said Joe Brannan, chief executive officer of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. 

Broadband Internet unavailable to many in Eastern NC, WITN

Jason Dart said, "You can't do normal life generally speaking in America anymore without being able to get on broadband.

 

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Posted March 4, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

San Jose tackles the digital divide by Doug Dawson, POTs and PANs 

The city recognizes that there are no instant fixes and already recognizes that it might take a decade to bring fast affordable broadband to everybody in the city. I’m sure that $24 million is also just a downpayment towards a permanent broadband solution. But this plan puts the city ahead of every other major metropolitan area in the willingness to tackle the problem head-on.

 

Colorado

Bill aims to maintain net neutrality by Charles Ashby, Daily Sentinel 

City celebrates milestone for Connexion broadband service, but sign-up dates still unknown by Nick Coltrain, Fort Collins Coloradoan 

 

Kentucky

Rural broadband funding could connect more Ohio Valley communities to high-speed Internet by Liam Niemeyer, Ohio Valley ReSource

 

Maine

Wired for future: How broadband bridges gaps between countryside and city by David Singer, WGME

South Portland broadband plan could hit funding snag by David Harry, The Forecaster

 

North Carolina

Broadband Internet unavailable to many in Eastern NC, WITN 

 

Pennsylvania

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Posted February 25, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

The 4th utility: How Ventura County is working to increase broadband by Arlene Martinez, Ventura County Star

 

Iowa

Community-owned utilities provide reliable, affordable broadband service by Josh Byrnes, Des Moines Register

 

Kentucky

Google Fiber leaving Louisville by Doug Dawson, POTs and PANs

To stay competitive, Kentucky utility doubles Internet speed by Austin Ramsey, Messenger-Inquirer 

 

Massachusetts 

Northampton eyes municipal broadband network by Bera Dunau, Daily Hampshire

“We don’t want to be the last Western Mass town to have the benefits of a high-speed municipally controlled network,” said Feldscher.

 

Michigan

Making broadband work in Marshall, Michigan by Lisa Gonzalez, CitiesSpeak 

 

North Carolina

Let’s Connect’ seeks better broadband for rural NC by Katie Kienbaum, News & Observer  

Grant to help expand telehealth opportunities in WNC, The Dispatch 

 

General 

Digital distress: What is it and who does it affect?...

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Posted February 18, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alaska

Why the future of satellite Internet might be decided in rural Alaska by Erin Winick, MIT Technology Review

 

California

San Jose launches new fund to bring Internet to thousands of off-line homes by Emily Deruy, The Mercury News

The city estimates that, even today, around 95,000 residents have no Internet access at home.

San Jose, CA to bridge digital divide with new inclusion fund by Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive

 

Georgia

Georgia House OKs electric co-ops to offer high-speed Internet by Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

“Families and children are being left behind because they don’t have access to Internet in our community,” said state Rep. Winfred Dukes, a Democrat from Albany.

 

Maine

Maine’s rural broadband may get a boost by J. Craig Anderson, Portland Press Herald 

Town of Oakland receives broadband grant from Maine Community Foundation by Elaine Theriault-Currier, Bangor Daily News 

Maine one of eight states chosen to update national broadband availability map by Kate Foye, Bangor Daily News 

 

Maryland

Rural Broadband Task Force releases final report by...

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Posted February 11, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas

Senate committee approves rural broadband bill, KARK 

 

Colorado

Fort Collins municipal broadband will offer first service in August, Reporter-Herald

 

Iowa

VMEU holds last meeting before the final vote concerning broadband by Valerie Close, Vinton Today

 

Indiana

Foundation partners fund study by Bill Rethlake, Daily News

 

Mississippi

Why rural broadband could take years to implement by William Moore, Daily Journal

 

Nebraska

Midlands Voices: Broadband is a basic service for all Nebraskans by Johnathan Hladik, Omaha World-Herald 

We are often contacted by families who lack broadband access but live in a Census block that the state marks as served. For these forgotten households, there is little hope for change. Providers lack incentive to extend service their way. Limited state resources are spent elsewhere.

Lack of broadband in rural Nebraska creating a 'digital divide' by Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star

 

North Carolina

Trainees see the light: Greenlight and Wilson Community College partner in fiber optics class by Drew C. Wilson, Wilson Times...

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