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Posted June 10, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Council votes to pursue study of municipal broadband by Anne Ternus-Bellamy, Davis Enterprise

 

Colorado 

Loveland council approves agreements, contracts for municipal broadband by Julia Rentsch, Loveland Reporter-Herald

 

Idaho

If your broadband bill is too high consider moving to Idaho, they get the Internet for free by Kieren McCarthy, The Register

In short, the value of municipal networks has been reflected, yet again, in the real world with real services. In Ammon, Idaho fast Internet access comes at half the price, with no restrictions and no lock-in to cable giants. 

 

Kentucky

"Without that you can't thrive and you can't succeed"; Broadband key to Appalachian growth, WYMT 

 

Maine

Minot board OKs study on broadband service by Eriks Petersons, Sun Journal 

 

Michigan

City hires new director to help close Detroit’s digital divide by Patreice A. Massey, Michigan Chronicle

 

Minnesota

How Klobuchar, Stearns County and the Legislature want to improve Internet access by Nora G. Hertel, Saint Cloud Times

 

New York

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Posted June 3, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Fullerton FiberCity Network will use open access approach by Phil Britt, Telecompetitor

 

Colorado

Loveland launches broadband push by Jessica Benes, Reporter Herald

 

Delaware

Delaware expanding broadband in rural counties by Dani Bozzini, 47ABC

 

Georgia

Georgia unveils plan for Internet service in rural areas by Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The solution to broadband in the state of Georgia is not a rifle-shot, one-size-fits-all solution,” Nunn said. “It’s a patchwork that involves many different providers working in partnership to address the needs in various parts of the state.”

 

Maine

Towns can soon avoid fee for broadband devices on poles, WABI 5

 

Massachusetts 

Community meeting to address need for municipal broadband, The Falmouth Enterprise

 

Minnesota

2019 MN tribal nation broadband profiles, Blandin Foundation 

 

North Carolina 

Town of Highlands making broadband progress by Jessi Stone, Smoky Mountain News

 

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Posted May 28, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Guest Opinion: Palo Alto needs a citywide municipal fiber-to-the-premises utility by Jeff Hoel, Palo Alto Online

 

Idaho

Fiber Optic Utility brings faster and better Internet to Ammon by Ariel Schroeder, KIFI

National surveys show that having fiber optics installed in your homes increases its value over 3%.

For for a $75,000 home, it's going to typically increase the value of the home by over $4,000.

"This is because home buyers are getting smarter and they know that the Internet is very much like sewer and water. They want it, they know they are going to pay for it every month, and that matters to them what that monthly bill is. So they are motivated to try and find good connectivity at the lowest price possible," Patterson said.

Amid network growth, Ammon Fiber to host information meeting by Ryan Suppe, Post Register

Task force created to improve broadband Internet in Idaho, KLEW News

 

Illinois

Jacksonville City Council will meet May 28 by Kristine Gonzales-Abella, West Central Reporter 

 

Maine

Business Breakfast: Municipal broadband projects ‘contagious,’ experts say, Portland Press Herald 

Towns can soon avoid fee for broadband devices on poles, Seattle PI

 

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Posted May 20, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

State Sen. Clay Scofield: Survival of rural Alabama depends on broadband expansion by Tim Howe, Yellowhammer News

 

Arkansas

What a broadband preemption victory in Arkansas means for rural cities by Spencer Wagner, CitiesSpeak

Arkansas plans to deploy broadband statewide by 2022 by Ryan Johnston, StateScoop

 

California

AT&T and San Jose, CA reach agreement on smart cities tech, digital divide funding by Jason Plautz, Smart Cities Dive

Inside the war over 5G equipment in northern California by Sarah Holder, Pacific Standard

 

Colorado 

With trips east, Loveland looks to other cities’ expertise on building broadband network by Julia Rentsch, Reporter Herald 

 

Idaho 

Next Century Cities highlights state action for broadband, co-sponsors broadband conference in Idaho by Drew Clark, Broadband Breakfast 

 

Indiana

Community forms task force to increase broadband access by Kraig Younts, Rushville Republican 

“This is not something a community accomplishes overnight,” co-chair of the Rush County Connect Broadband Task Force Mark McCorkle said. “It will take considerable time and effort to accomplish our goal of affordable, adequate and reliable internet access to every home and business in Rush County. By...

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Posted May 13, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arizona

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology by Keerthi Vedantam, Cronkite News

 

California

Empower local communities to close the digital divide by Greg Norton, California Economic Summit

 

Colorado 

Broadband Internet access lags in Greeley, badly, and the city is well aware by Bobby Fernandez, Greeley Tribune 

NextLight wins affordability awards from Broadband Now by Sophia Collender, Longmont Observer

 

Maine

Minot selectmen consider broadband study by Eriks Petersons, Sun Journal 

 

Massachusetts 

Petersham residents to get update on broadband by Greg Vine, Athol Daily News 

 

Michigan 

Opinion: Municipal fiber is good for communities by Jon Anne Willow and Curtis Dean, Traverse City Record Eagle

 

Missouri 

Lawmakers negotiate education funding, broadband expansion ahead of budget deadline by Mark Zinn, News-Press NOW

Commissioners say river flooding projected, broadband project continues by Sarah Gray, The Marshall Democrat-News

 

New Mexico

New Mexico utility building rural broadband infrastructure,...

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Posted May 6, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

Legislature advances broadband bill, funding by Caroline Beck, Alabama Daily News 

 

Arkansas

Community matters: Improving access to broadband by Sen. John Boozman, The Times Record 

 

Georgia

Bill clears electric co-ops for broadband services in Georgia by Stephen Hardy, Lightwave

 

 

Maine

ConnectME program launches $740K round of broadband grant funding, MaineBiz

 

Massachusetts 

Windsor annual town meeting preview, Berkshire Eagle

3rd candidate enters Ward 7 race for Northampton City Council by Bera Dunau, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

 

Michigan 

ISD part of team helping with rural Internet research by Phil Wenzel, The Sault News 

“Educators have been talking about the ‘digital divide’ for two decades, and while some progress has been made in closing the gap, inequities persist in communities across the country,” said Charlotte Bewersdorff, Merit’s vice-president of marketing and member engagement, in the release.

 

Minnesota 

Technobabble: Municipal fiber, could it happen to you? by Jason Ogaard, Hutchinson Leader

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Posted April 29, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas 

Efforts to provide Internet where residents need it most, KAIT8

 

Colorado

Town of Vail opts into Project THOR to enhance regional broadband service by Scott Miller, Vail Daily 

Public, private or both: Eagle County communities mull broadband options by Pam Boyd, Vail Daily

Boulder, Colo., considers funds for expanded broadband by Cassa Niedringhaus, Daily Camera 

 

Illinois

City markets its new broadband business by Pam Eggemeier, SaukValley.com 

 

Kansas

For small-town economic success, broadband is the new railroad by Peggy Lowe, Marketplace

 

Maine

How Central Maine Power plans to keep its vow to improve rural broadband by Lori Valigra, Bangor Daily News 

 

Massachusetts 

South Hadley Electric continues rollout of high-speed residential Internet access by Dennis Hohenberger, MassLive

“There’s a tremendous amount of interest. Customers are giving us a lot of positive feedback. There’re very hungry to have competition, to have options,” Fitzgerald said, “a chance to pick from different vendors versus having to choose one.”

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Posted April 22, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas

Why did Arkansas change its mind on municipal broadband? by Nick Keppler, CityLab

“If someone with a degree in coding gets a remote job here, they can’t stay,” she says. Arkansans who want to take online classes face the same roadblock. “I’ve had people tell me they can’t pull up emails at their house,” Davis says. “They have to go to McDonalds and use the Internet.”

(please see our story for a more detailed analysis of the bill, SB 150, which passed this session) 

Colorado 

Yampa Valley Electric gets OK to start broadband work in Craig by Clay Thorp, Craig Daily Press

Loveland council to vote on new rules for small-cell wireless providers by Julia Rentsch, Reporter-Herald

 

Kansas

For small-town economic success, broadband is the new railroad by Peggy Lowe, Marketplace

Thanks to an existing local fiber network and help from the Rural Innovation Initiative, Emporia is hoping to become a rural tech hub, with an incubator for entrepreneurs who will bring jobs to the area.

 

Montana

Bozeman declares broadband as essential infrastructure by Katheryn Houghton, Bozeman Daily Chronicle 

 

Ohio

Affordable, reliable broadband key to economic development by Senator Rob Portman, Logan Daily News

 

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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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