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Posted December 9, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Alabama

USDA invests $62.3 million in rural broadband infrastructure for Alabama families by Jacqueline Susmann, USDA

 

Alaska

USDA ReConnect program grants almost $19 million for Alaska broadband by Carl Weinschenk, telecompetitor. 

“The New Internet Communications for Everyone in Yakutat (NICEY) FTTH network will target all 662 year-round residents and businesses in the community. The network will be connected via a 230-mile Cordova Telecom microwave middle-mile network to the community of Cordova. There, the network will connect to the provider’s submarine fiber.”

 

Yakutat to hop aboard the broadband wagon by Ari Snider, KCAW

 

Kentucky 

The one-traffic-light town with some of the fastest Internet in the U.S. by Sue Halpern, The New Yorker 

 

Lakeland

Lakeland has 2 deals with possible broadband partners by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger

 

Ohio

Internet access for rural Ohio by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, The Highland County Press

Medina fiber secures funding for phase 1 of its build out by BBC Wires, Broadband Communities 

 

Virginia 

City lowers public benefit expectations for municipal fiber plans by Vernon Miles, ALXnow

 

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Posted December 2, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Lakeport may adopt broadband telecommunications ordinances by Aidan Freeman, Lake County Record-Bee

In tandem with the city council’s small cell facilities ordinance, the city may also adopt a “dig once” policy on Tuesday, which would seek to promote construction of infrastructure to support more widespread broadband Internet access. The City of Clearlake and the County of Lake are also considering similar ordinances this year.

 

Colorado

Use of broadband up in communities on Western Slope by Charles Ashby, The Daily Sentinel

How Colorado’s rural communities could benefit from $600 million in federal broadband grants by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun 

 

Idaho 

Task force expanding broadband should be top Idaho priority by William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune, Government Technology 

 

Kansas 

USDA invests $5.2 million in rural broadband for Kansas families, USDA

 

Massachusetts

Colrain proceeds with broadband make-ready work by Maureen O’Reilly, Greenfield Recorder

  

New York 

Study says Dryden broadband will make $3.7 million after a decade by Andrew Sullivan, Ithaca Times

 

Ohio 

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Posted November 25, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

The City of Redding wants to bring the city up to speed with high speed Internet for all by Sade Browne, KRCR News 

 

Connecticut 

Courts shoot down another barrier to community broadband by Karl Bode, VICE 

 

Iowa

Iowa communities continue to work for better Internet by Robbie Sequeira, Ames Tribune

 

Ohio

Electric co-op inaugurates new rural broadband funding, The Ironton Tribune

Ohio's Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative’s $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative for the installation of 168 miles of fiber project that will connect the co-op’s substations in six counties of the eastern portion of its service territory was hailed by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted as “critically important for the future of the region.”

 

Utah

Broadband Internet access coming to Navajo Nation communities in San Juan County by Zak Podmore, Salt Lake City Tribune 

 

General

Killing net neutrality was even worse than you think by Karl Bode, OneZero

Should the Internet be a public utility? Hundreds of cities are saying yes by David Elliot Berman and Victor Pickard, FastCompany

More muni, more money by Mike Farrell, Multichannel 

But while the cable industry harps on the more spectacular failures in the muni business, others point...

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Posted November 11, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Colorado 

Loveland breaks ground on city-owned broadband utility by Carina Julig, The Denver Post

Removing banned tech from China’s Huawei will cost rural Colorado telecoms over $300 million. Will it even fix the problem? by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun 

City unanimously approves contracts with Colorado Boring and On Trac for Pulse project by Max Levy, Reporter Herald 

 

Idaho

Reader Comment: Idaho is behind on broadband, MagicValley 

 

Illinois

Statewide broadband access goal of ‘Connect Illinois’ by Bernard Schoenburg, State Journal Register 

“We are planning to take a measured approach,” Schmit said, with perhaps $50 million in matching grants being made available in a first round. He said the application process, yet to be announced, will allow “providers, cooperatives, public-private partnerships, communities themselves” and other entities to seek those grants.

 

Iowa

Fort Dodge residents give approval to city-owned broadband by Roger Riley, WHOTV

Waterloo, Iowa, contemplates its broadband choices by Jed Pressgrove, GovTech

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Posted October 28, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

Idaho

Idaho Falls City Council votes to extend high speed fiber network to entire city, East Idaho News 

 

Iowa

New fiber optic lines coming to Lohrville by Elijah Decious, The Messenger 

Broadband issues aired at forum by Bill Shea, The Messenger 

 

Maine

City of Bangor to host "Broadband Summit," WABI

New 10-cent surcharge on Maine phone lines will fund broadband expansion, Portland Press Herald

Internet companies leave customers in the dark on storm-related outages, Portlans Press Herald

Our view: Storm exposes flaw in Maine’s cable regulation, Portland Press Herald

 

Massachusetts

Quincy looks to build fiber optic network for better Internet by Liz Markhlevskaya, Patch

"This is really a part of the economy, and this is something people should have to access jobs and other resources," said Cain. "Having Internet is now part of our daily lives that we probably take for granted, but some people still don't have access to in a cheap manner."

 

Minnesota

Chisago County broadband advocate receives Courageous Leadership Award, County News Review 

 

Mississippi 

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Posted October 21, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Who gets access to fast broadband? Evidence from Los Angeles County 2014-17 by Hernan Galperin, Thai Le, and Kurt Daum, USC Annenberg 

 

Colorado

Broadband lights up West County prospects by Michael Cox, Montrose Daily Press

 

Florida

Lakeland wants to build a broadband network by Bradley George, WUSF

 

Idaho

The city with the best fiber-optic network in America might surprise you by Jay Woodruff, Fast Company 

 

Iowa

As Iowa works for broadband, reality of situation is murky by Rod Boshart, The Gazette 

Editorial: Waterloo behind on broadband, The Courier 

 

Maryland

Garrett works to bring broadband to more residents, Cumberland Times-News

 

Minnesota

Monticello receives prestigious award for broadband leadership by Jeffrey Hage, Monticello Times

Senator Tina Smith spends time diving deep on broadband and rural economics by Jess Gorman, Advocate Tribune 

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Posted October 14, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

Editorial: Internet’s future rests on California’s defense of net neutrality law, Mercury News 

 

 

Illinois

Initiative seeks to boost conditions in region by Marco Cartolano, Journal-Courier 

 

Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa, to consider municipal broadband project by Tim Johnson, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

 

Massachusetts 

Rep. Barrett says lifting line fees would speed municipal broadband, but utilities likely to hang tight to this revenue stream by Larry Parnass, Berkshire Eagle

Before fiber-optic cable can be strung on utility poles, space for new telecommunications lines must be prepared in a costly process known as "make ready."

Make that pole space ready for free, says state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams.

"The make-ready costs are ridiculous," he said. "That's really a game-breaker."

Williamstown researching potential for municipal broadband by Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires

 

Missouri

CU fiber optics expansion will benefit community by Joe Reynolds, Springfield News-Leader

 

Montana

Bozeman Fiber considers what’s next for local broadband by Katheryn Houghton, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

 

 

New York

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Posted October 7, 2019 by Jess Del Fiacco

California

City of Long Beach launches digital inclusion roadmap development process to promote digital equality and inclusion, Signal Tribune 

 

Colorado 

Fort Collins Connexion plans big discounts on gig-speed Internet for low-income residents by Jacy Marmaduke, Fort Collins Coloradoan

Cheap Internet for low-income users spreads in Denver, but there’s more to the urban digital divide by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun 

 

Florida

Lakeland residents invited to ask leaders their questions about proposed city-owned Internet service at broadband forum by Sara-Megan Walsh, Lakeland Ledger 

 

Georgia

How Georgia made its unique broadband coverage map by Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology

In rural Georgia, access to broadband worse than data showed, Tuscaloosa News

 

Iowa

Disconnection: Business concerns lead Waterloo to explore municipal broadband by Tim Jamison, The Courier 

“We’re just adhering to what the businesses and the residents of the community have been telling us for a long time.

“Broadband internet connections are essential today,” he added. “We just want to make sure that we are competitive and that we continue to try to offer the best opportunity.”

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