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Posted August 13, 2018 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

How Silicon Valley can use community input to bridge the big broadband gap by Mohammad Shakouri and Jon Walton, Silicon Valley Business Journal

 

Georgia

The promise and reality of Google Fiber by Jim Burress, Marketplace

 

Iowa

Williamsburg plans Aug. 14 community meeting by Brian Rathjen, Iowa City Press-Citizen

 

Kentucky

Leaders define top priorities for Paducah’s strategic plan by Chris Yu, WPSD Local 6 

 

Maine

SandfordNet Fiber broadband project has started by Tammy Wells, Journal Times 

 

Montana

Narrowing the rural school digital divide by Myers Reece, Flathead Beacon 

 

 

New York

Charter Communications fallout: State regulators urged to tread lightly by Daniel Axelrod, Times Herald-Record

Charter Spectrum has less than two months to find new service provider for customers, Binghamton Homepage 

 

North Carolina

Officials seek RFP for broadband expansion by Cliff Bellamy, The Daily Dispatch 

 

Pennsylvania

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Posted August 6, 2018 by htrostle

California

Oxnard sees high-speed Internet expansion as an economic development tool by Wendy Leung, VC Star

 

Colorado

Aurora to ask voters about municipal broadband by Kara Mason, Colorado Politics

 

Georgia 

Group to propose solution to rural broadband challenge by Tessa Green, Albany Herald

 

Louisiana

Seniors targeted for low-cost Internet by Julia Arenstam, Daily Comet 

 

Maine

Bangor looking to become next city to add fiber as 'essential infrastructure' by Jackie Mundry, News Center Maine

 

Massachusetts 

Four-town broadband in the works by Diane Broncaccio, Greenfield Recorder

 

New York

Charter CEO threatens lawsuit over New York’s attempt to kick Spectrum out of the state by Chris Welch, The Verge

State gives Charter marching orders by Pete Demola, The Sun

What happens to Spectrum cable customers if Charter gets kicked out of New York? by Christopher Zara, Fast Company

In an unusual move, the state’s Public Service Commission voted to revoke approval for Charter’s merger with New York-based Time Warner Cable, meaning Charter...

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Posted July 30, 2018 by Hibba

Arkansas

Arkansas Coop Expanding Fiber Network to All Members by BBC Wires, Broadband Communities Magazine

  

California

Santa Monica’s Digital Inclusion Pilot Wins Top 25 Programs in American Government Award by Harvard by Constance Farrell, Santa Monica Daily Press

 

Colorado

Tribune Opinion: Greeley, Windsor need to look into providing broadband unless companies step up service by The Tribune Editorial Board, The Tribune

 

Delaware

Rural lower Delaware promised high-speed internet by 2020 by Scott Goss, Delaware News Journal

 

The Carney administration is taking a major step forward in a longstanding push to extend high-speed internet access to rural communities in downstate Delaware.

The governor on Tuesday announced he is issuing a call for help from any service provider willing to assist in closing the gap by 2020 — an effort backed by $1.3 million in taxpayer assistance.

 

Kentucky

County gets update on KentuckyWired project by Matt Lasley, The Grayson County News-Gazette

 

New York

NY Threatens to Kick Charter Out of the State After Broadband Failures by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

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Posted July 23, 2018 by Nick

California

Sonic Disrupts Potrero Hill by Jacob Bourne, The Potrero View

Last spring, Sonic, a Santa Rosa-based internet service provider, launched service in several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, advancing an internet access alternative for residents and businesses. The growing company offers Gigabit Fiber Internet, which transmits data at a rate of 1,000 megabits a second, with download speeds 50 times the national average. Unlimited net access plus home phone service costs $40 monthly, low compared to major competitors. AT&T has a $40 per month internet access plan, with 50 megabits per second speed.

Internet provider Sonic expands into southern SF neighborhoods by Rebecca Aydin, San Francisco Chronicle

Pioneering Santa Monica Digital Program Wins Nationwide Recognition by Jorge Casuso, Surf Santa Monica

 

Colorado

Broadband network blueprint completed, next step securing funds for estimated $4.1 million project by Sasha Nelson, Craig Daily Press

The Moffat County Broadband Initiative — a joint effort of several local community anchor institutions, led by the city of Craig, Moffat County and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership — plans to fund construction through a blend of state and federal grants, as well monthly service fees from anchor institutions — the city, county, hospital, college and school district.

"We intend to apply for grants from Colorado Department of Local Affairs and U.S. Economic Development Administration, with local match dollars to fund the construction phase," said Michelle Perry, executive director of CMEDP. "I am pleased to see that we have found a way to make the MCBI network cash...

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Posted July 16, 2018 by Nick

California

Net neutrality makes comeback in California; lawmakers agree to strict rules by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

A California net neutrality bill that could impose the toughest rules in the country is being resurrected.

The bill was approved in its strongest form by the California Senate, but it was then gutted by the State Assembly's Communications Committee, which approved the bill only after eliminating provisions opposed by AT&T and cable lobbyists. Bill author Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has been negotiating with Communications Committee Chairman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and other lawmakers since then, and he announced the results today.

In America’s tech capital, tens of thousands go without home Internet. Here’s how San Francisco wants to fix it. by Brian Fung, The Washington Post

Should San Francisco’s network move forward, it would become one of only a few in the United States to operate this way, analysts say, making it a bold experiment not just as an infrastructure project but also as a matter of  policy. Today, fewer than 200,000 U.S. households benefit from these types of open-access infrastructure policies, said Christopher Mitchell, a broadband advocate at the Institute for Local Self Reliance.

San Francisco’s proposal faces opposition from incumbents such as AT&T and Comcast. (AT&T declined to comment for this story. Comcast didn’t respond to a request for comment.) Industry officials routinely show up to community meetings on the city project to stay abreast of it, Farrell said, and they’re engaged in heavy marketing of...

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Posted July 9, 2018 by Nick

California

Internet Service Providers Pour $1 Million into California Assembly As Net Neutrality Debate Rages by Laura Curlin and Alec Saslow, MapLight

California's Strong Net Neutrality Bill Is Back by Dell Cameron, Gizmodo

 

Colorado

Fort Collins Broadband Bonds Issued and Sold Out by Theresa Rose, North Forty News

Moving broadband to the next step by Michelle Perry, Craig Daily Press

The city of Craig and Moffat County are partnering with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership to lead local broadband implementation, and CMEDP has financial support from these three entities, plus Memorial Regional Health, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Moffat County School District and Moffat County Local Marketing District to drive the process forward.

The city of Craig will be the network owner and fiscal agent for the project. Mammoth will serve as the network operator, negotiating contracts and overseeing the development, maintenance and operations of the project.

City broadband service is about connecting Fort Collins to opportunities by Darin Atteberry, The Coloradoan

 

Kentucky

Infrastructure: Statewide Broadband on Track for 2019-20 by Dawn Marie Yankeelov, The Lane Report 

 

Mississippi

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Posted July 2, 2018 by Nick

California

Watering-down of net neutrality bill draws backlash by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press [Ventura County Star]

A California lawmaker's decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats in Congress.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago leads a committee that this week stripped whole chunks of a net neutrality measure. He stirred a passionate reaction from open internet advocates who think the state that is home to the technology sector and the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump should take a hardline stance on the matter.

The decision reverberated far beyond California's Capitol, drawing rebukes from members of Congress and leading the state Democratic chairman to try to diffuse tension. Santiago quickly drew fire in online memes and a flood of calls to his office accusing the Los Angeles lawmaker of selling out to internet providers, citing his contributions from AT&T.

 

Colorado

Boulder City Council Votes to Fund Citywide Broadband Network by Brianna Williams, Next City

The Fort Collins broadband service will be called … by Nick Coltrain, The Coloradoan

 

Iowa

Rural matters: Small town voters are looking for big ideas in 2018 by Bill Menner, Cedar Rapids Gazette

So, what could the next governor or Legislature or Congress do to help?

Fund significantly the existing broadband grant program. Legislators funded it for the first time this year, approving $1.3 million. In fact, the high-speed broadband of...

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Posted June 25, 2018 by Nick

California

California 'net neutrality' bill must not block state's broadband investment by John Husing, Desert Sun

Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated' by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 

Colorado

With public support high, Boulder moves to fund citywide fiber buildout through debt by Shay Castle, Boulder Daily Camera

Citing high public support and demand for better, cheaper internet, Boulder's City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to fund through the issuance of debt the $15 million construction of what will become the backbone of a citywide broadband network.

In a survey, the results of which were presented publicly for the first time during Tuesday night's meeting, 90 percent of respondents supported city-owned and -operated internet, and as many said they would be very or somewhat likely to purchase service from the city.

Another surprising result was the share of households — somewhere between 4 percent and 7 percent — with no internet service, due to lack of access or affordability. A staff-provided map showed that most of the under-served areas were in low-income neighborhoods.

Frustrated with your internet service? El Paso County wants to hear from you. by Rachel Riley, Colorado Springs Gazette

 

Connecticut

Municipalities sue PURA over broadband decision by Matt Pilon, Hartford Business Journal

 

Florida

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Posted June 18, 2018 by Nick

Alabama

Would higher-speed broadband bring more jobs to Birmingham? by John Huddleston, WBRC

 

Massachusetts

At town meeting, Mount Washington voters approve funding for broadband network by Kristin Palpini, Berkshire Eagle

 

Missouri

Kansas City, Mo., Issues RFP for Smart City Partner by Skip Descant, Government Technology

 

New Hampshire

New law could improve Internet access by Nicholas Handy, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

 

New York

Digital Equity Lab Launches in NYC by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology

Municipal fiber network in Syracuse could bring lots of possibilities by Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

The city of Syracuse could take the first steps toward building a municipal fiber network this summer. The project would provide high speed bandwidth at an affordable price for the city, but could also benefit the community. 

 

North Carolina

Leaders consider net neutrality protections for North Carolinians by Nicole Neuman, WNCT

 

Oregon

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Posted June 11, 2018 by Nick

Arkansas

Digital divide about more than minimal connections by Michael Lazzara, Fayetteville Observer

 

Colorado

Loveland council to vote on awarding contract for municipal broadband network design to Nokia by Julia Rentsch, Loveland Reporter Herald

 

Georgia

Lawmakers look to ‘small cell’ tech for rural high-speed internet answers by Diane Wagner, Northwest Georgia News

 

Kentucky

Louisville's digital divide is about more than internet access — here's why by Bridgett Weaver, Louisville Business Journal [Subscription Required]

 

Minnesota

Measuring Broadband's (Public) Return on Investment by Tim Marema, The Daily Yonder

A new study commissioned by the Blandin Foundation may help small communities put some hard numbers behind broadband’s public benefit. 

“Return on Investment: Measuring Impact of Broadband in Five Rural Minnesota Communities” looks at communities that have spent public funds on building out networks. The words “high speed” are critical. These communities have run fiber to homes and businesses or have plans to do so in the near future.  

 

Missouri

Council to hear report recommending it form group to study broadband by...

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