NY lawmakers to look at expanding access to rural broadband
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York state lawmakers are gathering in Albany to look at ways to expand access to broadband internet access in rural and remote parts of the state.
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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Slow internet speed in rural areas does more than stop farmers from buying Netflix subscriptions, and it could be robbing their communities of a chance at financial...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services announced an agreement Tuesday to extend broadband internet access to underserved rural areas of...
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed giving rural Native American tribes a priority filing window for licenses that could expand internet access on their...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to help rural communities get access to high-speed internet, considered key to economic...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If you want internet service in the rural hamlet of Honaker, in far Southwest Virginia, Cable Plus is the only game in town. With internet speeds of 3 megabits per second,...
Facebook to help expand internet in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Facebook says it's going to help expand broadband internet in West Virginia.
The social media company announced a plan Monday to build a high-capacity fiber optic...
Indiana launches $100M push for broadband to rural areas
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is launching a $100 million program to expand broadband internet services across rural parts of the state.
Gov. Eric Holcomb says the Next Level Broadband program...
W.Va. House passes broadband internet bill, sends to Senate
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed legislation aimed at expanding high-speed wireless and broadband internet development in the state.
The bill approved 97-2 Monday now moves to the state Senate. One delegate did not vote.
The bill would allow broadband providers to install updated technologies on existing rights-of-way and utility poles, resulting in a saving of capital costs.
Rural broadband internet to expand in northern Indiana
LINDEN, Ind. (AP) — An electricity cooperative is expanding broadband internet services in rural parts of northern Indiana, setting the stage for possible economic growth in the region.
Tipmont REMC is rolling out high-speed internet services in Tippecanoe County and the rural towns of Romney, New Richmond and Linden.
Bill passes allowing electric cooperatives to offer internet
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Northeast Mississippi resident John Henson is among the people who are hoping that a measure allowing the state's electric cooperatives to offer high-speed internet service will bring improvements.
The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for House Bill 366 , which had earlier passed the House, and Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement that "I look forward to signing it at my earliest opportunity."
Broadband internet bill advances in W.Va. House
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed wireless and broadband internet development in West Virginia has advanced in the House of Delegates.
The House committee on technology and infrastructure approved the bill Wednesday and forwarded it to the House judiciary committee.
The bill would allow broadband providers to install updated technologies on existing rights-of-way and utility poles, resulting in a saving of capital costs.
Mississippi House: Power cooperatives could offer internet
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With rural residents facing few choices for high speed internet, Mississippi lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a measure that would allow the state's electric cooperatives to offer the service.
Maine ranks last in New England for internet access
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Census Bureau study ranks Maine last in New England for broadband internet access but finds the state is on par with national averages.
Draft of state broadband improvement plan released
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council has released a draft of its plan to improve high-speed internet access across the state.
The legislation that created the advisory council allocated $10 million for broadband improvement projects, and the plan outlines strategies the advisory council formulated to make the most of that funding.
Companies to extend broadband internet access in rural Ohio
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services have announced an agreement to extend broadband internet access to 110,000 unserved people in rural Ohio over the next four years.
Microsoft and Canton-based Agile Networks announced the agreement this week. They say it will help address a need for reliable broadband access in rural Ohio and provide access to digital advances in agriculture, telemedicine, and education.
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Microsoft and RTO Wireless are partnering to expand broadband internet service to more than 290,000 people in New York and Maine.
A spokeswoman said Monday that the project will roll out over a seven-year period, reaching 165,000 people in New York state and 125,000 people in Maine.
Shelley McKinley, Microsoft's head of technology and corporate responsibility, said the partnership will bring broadband to students, farmers, educators and business owners in upstate New York and western Maine.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Tuesday he would push to get the Tennessee Valley Authority to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas if elected.
Bredesen is a Democrat and a former Tennessee governor. He is seeking to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a two-term Republican who is not seeking re-election.
HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — Maybe it seems laughable, maybe certainly unthinkable.
A world without internet? That sounds as crazy as a home without electricity.
Which was exactly the point U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt made while speaking recently in Hamilton in rural northwest Alabama. And it's why Aderholt invited U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to visit his Alabama congressional district and bring a big check.
HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — Communications company Tombigbee has received a $3 million federal grant to expand broadband internet access to a rural community in northwest Alabama, the company's president announced Thursday.
Internet providers look at Kansas broadband access
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — More than half of Kansas residents aren't using broadband internet despite the availability of the service to nearly everyone in the state.
The Upper Peninsula should not be treated with a cold shoulder. Rebuilding the Soo Locks and improving broadband coverage in the U.P. would be a way to show the Yoopers some love, while investing in our collective future.
Why is it that I can get better internet and cell phone connecting access in rural China than I can in some spots in rural Michigan — especially the U.P.?
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers were considering ways Thursday to improve internet speed in rural areas.
Gov. Mark Dayton is seeking another $30 million to improve high-speed internet in rural areas. Republicans, who control the Legislature, say they'll support about half that.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will receive millions of dollars in a newly signed federal spending measure for railways, highways, drinking water and broadband internet.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer highlighted the funds in an interview last week with The Associated Press. Republican President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill into law last month.
Colorado rural broadband bill becomes law
DENVER (AP) — A bill to accelerate construction of high-speed broadband internet service in rural Colorado is now law.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill Monday. It is one of his top priorities for the 2018 legislative session.
The law is designed to bridge the economic divide between rural and urban parts of Colorado.
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About a century ago, there was vast skepticism about whether electricity ever could be brought to rural areas due to the low voltage of municipal systems, limited transmission technology and the industry’s economics. It wasn’t until 1935, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration by executive order, and 1936, when Congress created subsidies for companies to expand the power grid, that millions of rural residents began to receive electricity and all of...
New data from the federal government show that Somerset County has the most homes and businesses in the state — and third most in the country — that lack high-speed broadband internet access.
DENVER (AP) — A bill to accelerate the construction of high-speed broadband internet service in hard-to-reach Colorado areas is on its way to the governor's desk — one designed to bridge the economic divide between rural and urban parts of the state.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than $210 million in state grants is being awarded to scores of municipalities from Buffalo to Westchester to bring broadband internet access to thousands of New York homes and businesses.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that seven separate grants totaling $214 million will be shared by localities in western, central and northern New York, the Finger Lakes region, the Southern Tier, the Mohawk Valley, the Albany area and the Hudson Valley.
Broadband grants to benefit 27 West Virginia counties
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An expansion of a block grant program will mean more than $1.5 million for broadband internet projects in West Virginia.
Gov. Jim Justice says a dozen projects are aimed at providing high-speed internet more than 300,000 homes. He says grants have been awarded to county commissions in Gilmer, Hampshire, Jackson, Mingo, Morgan, Tyler, Webster and Wyoming counties. Some of those commissions are serving as the lead applicant in a multi-county partnership.
Final round of statewide broadband access program starting
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is getting closer to a goal of providing broadband internet to every corner of the Empire State by the end of this year.
Illinois' rural areas are lacking in internet coverage more so than other states.
About 1.2 million, or 9 percent, of Illinoisans don't have access to broadband internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Fifty-six percent of rural Illinoisans, 770,000, don't have broadband connectivity. This is significantly higher than the national average of 40 percent.
The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those living on tribal lands have no options to access broadband internet, and the longer this problem persists, the further they get left behind.
Tom Still: Underused ‘white space’ in broadcast spectrum offers broadband hope
“Broadband” is a general term for a mix of technologies that can connect people and machines to the internet. Those delivery systems range from typically slow dial-up connections to cable and Digital Subscriber Lines, from satellite to public Wi-Fi networks, and from optical fiber to small-cell transmission links.
Broadcast “white space,” which describes buffer zones between assigned broadcast channels in the spectrum used to transmit electromagnetic waves, may be the next frontier.
Lawmaker touts proposal for more rural broadband in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A lawmaker in Maine used a public hearing to encourage residents to support a proposed bond that would improve rural broadband in the state.
State Rep. Seth Berry, a Democrat from Bowdoinham, wants voters to decide on the broadband issue. A public hearing was held on the subject on Wednesday in Augusta.
Minnesota task force says $35.7 million needed annually to expand broadband
Minnesota spent tens of millions of dollars expanding high-speed broadband internet in recent years, but nearly $1.4 billion in public and private investment is still needed to get access to all households, according to a state task force report.
Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland.
"Those towers are going to go up and you're going to have great, great broadband," Trump told the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
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Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump has hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for family farmers and pitched his vision to expand access to broadband internet.
Trump cast internet access as a cornerstone of economic development in the nation's heartland.
The telecommunications “state of emergency” issued by Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has more to do with the long-standing issue of ineffective local government and an inability to allow for better wireless and broadband internet infrastructure development for the citizens of Santa Fe than with an actual emergency itself (“Downtown to get much needed cell service relief,” Dec. 12).
LINCOLN — A Nebraska lawmaker introduced a bill Friday to restore rules preventing internet service providers from slowing your ability to binge television shows on Netflix or blocking search engines that aren't Google.
The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856), introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, would restore the federal rules at the state level, prohibiting broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications or content.”
‘Internet drives the economy now’: Lincoln senator seeks to re-enact net neutrality rules in Nebraska
A Nebraska lawmaker introduced a bill Friday to restore rules preventing internet service providers from slowing your ability to binge television shows on Netflix or blocking search engines that aren't Google.
The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856), introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, would restore the federal rules at the state level, prohibiting broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”
Community meets to address broadband need in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks residents attended a conference in an effort to create a local broadband internet provider for the city.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska State Rep. David Guttenberg organized the conference, which took place Saturday at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Sauk County considers partnership with utility for broadband expansion
Sauk County officials hope a survey of Spring Green residents and businesses will bolster a public utility’s request for grant money to extend high-speed internet service to that area.
Jenny Erickson, who heads the county’s University of Wisconsin-Extension office, said the survey should arrive in mailboxes soon, if it hasn’t already.
Recently, a state lawmaker went viral on the internet — but for the wrong reasons.
Last month, state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, filed a bill that would pre-empt local governments from spending public funds to build community broadband internet networks.
Across the country, high-speed community broadband networks enjoy widespread public approval, are improving local economies, and are providing new options for the 30 percent of Americans without broadband access at home.
Communications regulator seeks public input on broadband map
KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A member of the Federal Communications Commission asked for the public's help Friday in updating a broadband internet service map that is three years out of date.
Congress mandated the map's creation nearly eight years ago, but it hasn't been updated since June 2014, said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. She has asked the public to email her about where there's service and where there isn't.
Frontier refuses to repay government $4.7M in grant money
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Frontier Communications is refusing to return $4.7 million in grant money that the federal government says the state overpaid as part of a broadband internet extension project.