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Posted August 26, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado

City of Boulder to construct new fiber backbone infrastructure, Broadband Communities Magazine

City to hold informative webinar for vendors regarding fiber broadband backbone project Aug. 29, City of Boulder 

 

Florida

Lakeland wants more time to study broadband by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger 

 

Indiana

Broadband initiative extends into Southern Indiana, News and Tribune

 

Minnesota

County offers support for broadband expansion by Craig Moorhead, The Caledonia Argus

 

 

New York

Internet for all in New York City: The case for municipal broadband in the five boroughs by Chris Erikson, New York Daily News 

It’s time to shake up the system. Charter Spectrum’s franchise agreement that allows the company to operate in New York City is set to expire next year. And fortunately, there is an innovative alternative that could be a game changer for union members, businesses and consumers alike — Internet for All, a public option for broadband service.

 

North Carolina 

Broadband expansion bill clears North Carolina House panel FIBER Act would allow government investment by Kirk Ross, Carolina Public Press 

 

South Carolina

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Posted August 19, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Florida

Gainesville City Commission continues with broadband network analysis, backpedals on plastic bag ban by Ethan Magoc, WUFT

 

Illinois

Illinois puts $420M toward broadband Internet expansion, GovTech 

 

Iowa

Waterloo takes fresh look at citywide broadband system by Tim Jamison, The Courier 

“I think it’s time,” said board member Rich Kurtenbach. “We’ve got communities all around us that have their own utilities when it comes to broadband.”

 

Michigan

Broadband Internet coming to Deckerville by Eric Levine, Sanilac County News 

 

Minnesota 

Rural broadband ‘challenge of our time’ by Thomas Friestad, SouthernMinn

 

Missouri 

Springfield City Utilities partnering with CenturyLink to expand high speed Internet access by Linda Simmons, KY3

"It's going to create all kinds of opportunities for everybody in this community," says Scott Miller, Springfield City Utilities general manager. "And I don't even think we have any idea what this is going to do for us. So we may have to come back here in 10 years and take a look back. But I think this is a difference-maker."

 

New York 

Yates Co. seeks funds for broadband by Gwen Chamberlain, Chronicle Express 

 

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Posted August 12, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Arkansas

Arkansas invests $25 million in rural broadband by Colin Wood, StateScoop

 

Colorado 

Greeley’s city broadband exploration starts to take physical shape by Cuyler Meade, Greeley Tribune

“There was definitely a message coming from our community that there were gaps in service availability across our city,” Reed-Harmel said. “We also did not have a lot of different options. There are only a couple providers here, and the competition is fairly limited, so for us, we felt there needed to be additional competition, more options in the marketplace. And then we had a commitment that certain parts of our community would not be left out of deployment.”

Boulder set to start construction on broadband fiber network core with council approval of $20M debt by Sam Lounsberry, Daily Camera 

 

Indiana

Broadband access coming to many rural Tippecanoe county homes, wlfi.com  

"We need Internet please," said Cody Janssen, who lives outside of Otterbein.

 

Massachusetts 

Easthampton City Council takes step toward municipal broadband service by Bera Dunau, Daily Hampshire Gazette 

 

Mississippi 

Northeast Mississippi electric power providers announce plans to provide broadband Internet service by Danny McArthur, Daily Journal

Electric power provider plans to offer Internet services to customers, WTVA 

 

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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.

 

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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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