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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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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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