LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's rural areas are struggling with a major shortage of high-speed internet, and people who live there are likely paying more for service than their urban counterparts,...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says nearly all Michigan school districts are meeting a minimum bandwidth target of internet access, and she wants to focus next on expanding broadband...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on Friday the first of many federal investments targeting the creation of critical broadband internet infrastructure in...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of Wyoming over the next decade.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth's most remote places.
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.
MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia are discussing ways to improve reliable internet service in rural areas.
The Daily Progress reports that U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger hosted a Rural...
ATLANTA (AP) — A social welfare program that helps low-income Georgia residents gain access to the internet is expanding.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Comcast's Internet Essentials...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's former public advocate is set to join a Federal Communications Commission working group aimed at broadband deployment in low-income areas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas.
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...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials.
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...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. panel called Monday for much greater cooperation to bring digital technology to roughly half the world's people, and a senior Google executive said mobile...
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed a top militant commander linked to al-Qaida, officials said on Friday, as authorities restricted internet access and...
NEW YORK (AP) — A key federal regulator says he backs T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival wireless carrier Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona tribe whose land is among the most remote in the country plans to expand internet access now that it has a permanent license from the U.S. government.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a remote, roadless Arizona canyon that is home to a small Native American tribe, there's a natural skepticism toward the internet.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About 10,000 North Carolina households and several hundred businesses and government buildings are expected to gain high-speed internet access through the first grants issued...
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is expanding internet access to rural areas and making it harder to relocate Confederate monuments under several bills Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Young people in California's foster system will get free cellphones and internet access under a unique program approved Thursday that supporters say will bridge a digital...
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...
WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor is promoting a statewide infrastructure plan as a way to fund the expansion of broadband into areas that lack high-speed access to the...
HAVANA (AP) — After a tornado slammed Havana in late January, Mijail Ramirez complained on Twitter that authorities were threatening to evict him from his damaged home. A week later he said the...
ATLANTA (AP) — Local utility cooperatives would be authorized to provide broadband in an effort to boost internet access in rural areas, under legislation that won unanimous support Monday in the Georgia House.
But critics warn that the narrowly drawn legislation sidesteps some thorny questions about competition among providers.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities in Tonga said Thursday they're hoping people will be able to visit Facebook and YouTube again by the weekend as experts repair the vital undersea cable that connects the Pacific nation to the rest of the world.
Tonga was plunged into virtual darkness 11 days ago when the fiber-optic cable was severed. Initially people lost access to the internet almost entirely and couldn't even make international phone calls.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While cities and towns in Koochiching County might have fast and reliable internet service, large parts of the northern Minnesota region currently have no good options. Paul Nevanen, director of the county's Economic Development Authority, says that translates to headaches for the area's economy.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An internal investigation shows that an inmate at a Florida jail was allowed to eat Chinese takeout and sit in a guard station after hours in exchange for helping guards with financial and legal matters.
The investigation by the Orange County Corrections Department found that Robert Potchen gave guards advice on their taxes, student loans and mortgages in exchange for special privileges like accessing the Internet.
HAVANA (AP) — For the first time, average Cubans became eligible to sign up for internet service for their mobile phones Thursday, a development long awaited on the communist-ruled island.
Users began receiving text messages in the morning from the state telephone monopoly informing them that they can buy an internet access packages for 3G service.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday night that its citizens will be offered full internet access for mobile phones beginning this week, becoming one of the last nations to offer such service.
Mayra Arevich, president of the Cuban state telecom monopoly ETECSA, went on national television to say Cubans can begin contracting 3G service for the first time Thursday.
Until now, Cubans have had access only to state-run email accounts on their phones.
VERGENNES, Vt. (AP) — In front of a small group of supporters on a chilly fall morning, Christine Hallquist laid out her economic development plan for a state that she feels is being left behind by prosperity in larger states and urban areas.
She reiterates her Bernie Sanders-esque call for a $15 per hour minimum wage, universal health care and paid family leave while adding that high speed internet access is critical for everyone in Vermont, even those who live in the state's most rural areas.
ATLANTA (AP) — Rural parts of Georgia need better internet access quickly, but internet companies won't expand to rural areas if there's too much red tape, state lawmakers say.
Lobbyists say their companies are spending too much time negotiating with each city and county for access to roads to install broadband equipment, WABE Radio reported.
The question of who has the right-of-way is a central part of the issue.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In October 2015, state officials in Kentucky signed a contract to install 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) of fiber optic cable to bring high-speed internet access to all 120 counties. Today, the project is at least four years behind schedule because of persistent delays that have cost taxpayers a projected $96 million.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is closing in on its goal of becoming the first state to connect visitors to Wi-Fi coverage at all state parks.
The Las Vegas Sun reports Gov. Brian Sandoval's Explore Your Nevada plan states adding new park locations and high-speed internet access at parks and campsites statewide are areas of importance.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says nearly 9,000 rural Nebraska homes and businesses will be getting access to high-speed internet for the first time.
The commission says four companies will receive more than $41 million from the Connect America Fund to expand broadband internet in dozens of Nebraska counties over the next 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.
Loon, which is linked to Google through parent company Alphabet Inc., says it will work with Telkom Kenya to deliver 4G/LTE cellular access to Kenya in 2019.
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.
HAVANA (AP) — New President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday held his first official meeting with visitors from the U.S., discussing increased internet access for Cuba with Google executive Eric Schmidt and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — It's a common phenomenon for someone with internet access and some time to kill.
Trawling through Wikipedia's seemingly exponential number of articles and entries, a user clicks several links and before they know it, they've ended up on a topic that's a far cry from where they started.
It's commonly referred to as a Wikipedia "spiral," and two sisters have decided it offers enough material for a downloadable talk show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wireless internet connections are about to get a lot faster at Los Angeles County libraries, thanks to a $5 million federal grant.
City News Service reports Tuesday that current library Wi-Fi averages a measly 10 to 20 megabits per second.
Officials say after this year's upgrade, wireless internet users will see speeds up to a hundred times faster — about 1 gigabit per second.
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.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has narrowly approved a formal statement supporting a "free and open" internet that's equally accessible to all consumers.
The so-called Sense of the Senate also calls on Congress to overturn a Federal Communications Commission decision to end net-neutrality protections. It passed 11-7.
The FCC in December voted to gut U.S. rules meant to prevent broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see online.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the lack of internet connectivity in rural and American Indian communities (all times local):
An official with the Federal Communications Commission says investment in broadband infrastructure is critical as it is increasingly determining which cities, towns and tribal nations in the United States will thrive.