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Posted July 29, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama 

Broadband mapping effort to ramp up in Alabama — ‘Absolutely essential’ by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News

 

Arkansas

Poorly connected Arkansas appoints statewide broadband manager by Colin Wood, StateScoop

 

California

AT&T redlines poor and rural Californians because it can, Frontier because it can’t afford otherwise, CPUC study says by Steve Blum, Tellus Venture Associates 

Corporate choices made by AT&T and Verizon, and Frontier Communications’ dire financial condition created the growing divide between relatively modern telecoms infrastructure in affluent urban and suburban communities, and the decaying infrastructure in poor and rural ones. The result is “deteriorating service quality”, “persistent disinvestment”, an “investment focus on higher income communities” and an “increased focus on areas most heavily impacted by competition”, according to a study done for the California Public Utilities Commission by a Boston-based consulting company.

 

Colorado 

As Colorado nears 100% broadband access, funds for rural support shrink by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun 

 

Florida

New estimate puts $80M price tag on citywide broadband in Lakeland by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger

 

Georgia

Georgia approves subsidy plan for rural Internet expansion by Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

 

Iowa

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Posted July 22, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

Government grant will help provide broadband access to Coosa County residents by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News

Scofield: ‘Broadband is our infrastructure challenge of the 21st century’ — Crucial ‘to save some of the best areas of this state’ by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News

 

California

Farmers call for better broadband in rural California by Kevin Hecteman, Ag Alert

"There's a nexus between cellphone usage, which more and more the ag community is dependent on, and having a strong backbone of broadband," he added. "As time progresses, this becomes less of an equality issue and more of an issue of public safety, and compromises ability for businesses and public entities to provide core mandated services."

 

Iowa

The cost of things: For some Iowans, no Internet choice at any cost by Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette 

City seeks input on broadband communication by Chad Thompson, The Messenger

 

Kentucky

Program helping expand reach of Kentucky's high-speed fiber optic network by Fred Pace, Herald-Dispatch

 

Maine

Eight ConnectME broadband grants awarded to towns, regions, MaineBiz

Broadband is critical to spur innovation, create opportunity, and build a strong, diverse economy — especially in rural Maine,” said Gov. Janet Mills in a Friday news release from ConnectME.

 

Minnesota 

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Posted July 15, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arizona

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told by Miranda Faulkner, Cronkite News

 

California

Santa Clarita looks to expand high-speed Internet options, The Signal 

 

Colorado

Duggan: Fort Collins gears up for city-owned broadband service launch by Kevin Duggan, Fort Collins Coloradoan

 

Maine

Boothbay selectmen seek more feedback about broadband access by Bill Pearson, Boothbay Register

 

Maryland

Nonprofit view: MAGIC supports Westminster's tech economy by Amy Rupp and Robert Wach, Baltimore Sun

 

Michigan

State of Michigan offering $20 million in grant funding to expand rural broadband access by Lauren Gibbons, Michigan Live

 

Minnesota

'Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind': Minnesotans tell Congress by Dana Ferguson, Red Wing Republican Eagle

"Broadband can level the playing field between urban and rural as never before," Hengel said. "I believe broadband is the interstate highway system of our generation. Without strong broadband, rural communities will be left behind."

Mollgaard touts need for rural broadband, Red Wing Republican Eagle

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Posted July 8, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Federal Communications Commission, Congress spar over San Francisco broadband law by Sophia Kunthara, San Francisco Chronicle 

Mayor London Breed: FCC proposal would hurt SF consumers by Sophia Kunthara, San Francisco Chronicle 

 

Colorado

Rural Telecommunications Congress webcast series begins with focus on collaboration on Colorado’s western slopes by Masha Abarinova, BroadbandBreakfast 

 

Massachusetts

Cost among unknowns for Williamstown broadband proposal by Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com 

 

North Carolina

NC should use all tools at its disposal to close the digital divide by Martha Sue Hall, The Progressive Pulse

NC bill for public-private broadband ventures still kicking by Amy Maclean, CableFax

 

Vermont

Banding together on broadband by Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer

 

Washington 

Pierce County Council continues efforts to prioritize broadband infrastructure, The Suburban Times 

 

General 

For rural broadband, sometimes cities must step in by Teresa Krug, Voice of America

 

Posted July 1, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

City approves high-speed Internet agreement by Tammy Murga, The Signal 

“The city of Santa Clarita, much like other businesses and organizations within it, has a growing need for a faster and more cost-effective Internet connection,” the report reads. “As the city continues to move toward Internet-based applications to provide improved and more efficient service options for its current, and growing, population, the need for faster and more diverse options for Internet services becomes of greater significance.”

 

Colorado 

Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem can sign broadband contracts over $100,000 without Board approval by Tyler Pialet, Estes Park Trail Gazette

 

Iowa

City council moves forward on improving Ames Internet service by Jake Webster, Iowa State Daily 

 

Kentucky 

KentuckyWired project overcomes squirrels to complete long-delayed initial phase by Alfred Miller, Louisville Courier Journal

‘Closing the digital divide.’ First part of long-delayed Internet project finally done by Bill Estep, Herald Leader

 

Maine

Selectmen talk broadband, endorse inter-town committee by Joseph Charpentier, Boothbay Register

 

Massachusetts 

Hilltown Voices: Broadband network largest infrastructure project in Plainfield’s history by Fran Ryan, Daily Hampshire Gazette 

 

New Hampshire

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Posted June 24, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

Government grant will help provide broadband access to Coosa County residents by Sean Ross, Yellowhammer News 

 

Connecticut

Legislature offers no clear path for municipal broadband advocates by Matt Pilon, Hartford Business

 

Florida

Gainesville City Commission votes to seek help and more information on broadband options by Joseph Hastings, WUFT

 

Indiana

State, regional leaders talk broadband in Monroe County, Ind. by Ernest Rollins, The Herald-Times

 

Kentucky 

Kentucky deploying 'armored' Internet fiber to fend off hungry squirrels by Karl Bode, VICE

 

Massachusetts

Lowell eyes new broadband network by Elizabeth Dobbins, Lowell Sun

In a presentation to the subcommittee, Bradshaw said the city could use the network to secure connections between city facilities, introduce WiFi zones, connect cameras to provide security and traffic management, introduce "eHealth" to ensure more patients can be managed from home, use "eLearning" to improve access to education and reduce snow days, run community outreach kiosks or utilize ground sensors to streamline maintenance.

 

Michigan

Traverse City, MI braves the wrath of telcoms lobbyists, pushes ahead with municipal fiber network by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

 

New Hampshire

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Posted June 17, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arizona

The Havasupai Tribe secures license to build-out their community broadband network by Mariel Triggs, People-Centered Internet

 

Florida

Consultant’s report: Cheaper, faster Internet possible in Gainesville, but not without
 significant challenges by Joseph Hastings, WUFT

“There are scenarios where the city could provide low-price broadband while operating a fiber business that would be self-sustaining and profitable and that wouldn’t need any subsidies from GRU or the city,” the report states. “However, creating such a business is no slam dunk.”

 

Georgia

Internet far slower in Georgia than reported by Mark Niesse and Nicholas Thieme, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Idaho

Small Idaho city shows the benefits of open access broadband networks by Karl Bode, Techdirt

 

Iowa

FD looks for more broadband by Bill Shea, The Messenger 

iVinton continues to move forward in the plans to bring broadband to Vinton by Valerie Close, Vinton Today

 

Massachusetts

Wendell approves 7.6 percent budget increase by David McLellan, Greenfield Recorder 

Wendell has been working toward creating a town-owned broadband system — legally known as a Municipal Light Plant — under the state’s Last Mile program. The high-speed Internet service is not estimated to begin until next year, but several articles anticipating the network’s...

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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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