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...
Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to Cuba
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...
Georgia House wants local utilities to provide broadband
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.
Reboot: Tonga hopes to restore internet access by weekend
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.
Minnesota legislators look expand internet access
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.
Probe: Chinese takeout and Internet access for jail inmate
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.
Internet access via mobile phones starts for all Cubans
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.
Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones
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.
A GOP favorite faces a Democratic groundbreaker in Vermont
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.
In rural Georgia, Internet upgrades face potential hurdles
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.
Audit: Kentucky was warned about broadband contract
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.
Nevada working to offer wireless internet at state parks
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.
High-speed internet access to expand in Nebraska
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.
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.
- Watertown Daily TimesGreater access to broadband in county supportedApril 6, 2019
- The News-TimesWi-fi in the village draws economic commission debateApril 5, 2019
- Watertown Daily TimesGreater hope for area broadbandMarch 15, 2019
- The Brownsville HeraldEqual Access: BISD aims to bridge digital divideMarch 12, 2019
- Portage Daily RegisterLt. Gov. Barnes promotes internet expansion in ReedsburgMarch 7, 2019
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.
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.
Alaska Senate statement backs ‘free and open’ internet
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.
The World Wide Web was once called the “Internet Superhighway” — a vast worldwide network of computers transmitting information at the speed of light from almost any location on earth. By contrast, Interstate Highway 40, which spans from California to New Mexico, is just a regular highway.
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.
Access to home computers and the internet is growing but a significant segment of the student population has yet to catch up according to a new national report out Wednesday.
Some 94 percent of children ages 3 to 18 had a computer or smartphone at home and 61 percent had Internet access at home in 2015.
In Connecticut, 88 percent of all households had computers, and 82 percent had internet access.
A new effort to expand access to broadband internet service in rural areas is gaining steam and asking for access to unused TV channels.
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...
Julian Assange’s attorneys, Ecuador to discuss embassy stay, internet access: Foreign Minister
Ecuadorian officials plan to meet with attorneys for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange next week to discuss his future living inside its embassy in London, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Wednesday.
The delegation will meet with Mr. Assange's lawyers in London to consider matters including Ecuador's decision this week to suspended his internet privileges, said Ms. Espinosa, according to news reports.
Ecuador severs Julian Assange’s internet access over social media posts
Ecuador has blocked Julian Assange from accessing the internet from within its London embassy, his residence since 2012, over the WikiLeaks publisher's recent social media posts.
Mr. Assange's internet access was suspended for violating a written commitment he made with Ecuador in late 2017 in which he promised not to issue messages that could interfere with other countries, the Ecuadorian government said in a statement Wednesday.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government said Wednesday it has cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's internet connection at the nation's London embassy after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.
In a statement, officials said Assange's recent posts "put at risk" the good relations Ecuador maintains with nations throughout Europe and had decided as of Tuesday to suspend his internet access "in order to prevent any potential harm."
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's top court has ruled that completely restricting access to the internet as a condition of parole violates the First Amendment.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Northern Wisconsin leaders are frustrated by the lack of progress on broadband internet access in the area.
Dan Corbin, the chairman for the town of Summit, told Wisconsin Public Radio that residents in areas of Douglas County and the city of Superior have yet to see expanded broadband services.
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.
Donald Trump targets children’s internet access in school safety discussion
President Trump on Thursday suggesting restricting internet access to children amid a discussion about school safety held in response to last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it," Mr. Trump said during the discussion.
Secretary of State pushes for more broadband library funding
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is pushing for increased broadband and technology funding for public libraries.
FOREST, Va. — A Bedford County-based partnership is working with two state school divisions to help test technology that uses television white space — channels not in use on the broadcasting spectrum — to deliver internet service in underserved rural areas.
Partnership brings internet to homes of schoolchildren
FOREST, Va. (AP) — A Bedford County-based partnership is working with two state school divisions to help test technology that uses television white space — channels not in use on the broadcasting spectrum — to deliver internet service in underserved rural areas.
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.
Cuba protests US internet task force
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is protesting the creation of a U.S. task force on increasing internet access on the island — a measure that is part of President Donald Trump's hardening of U.S. policy on Cuba.
I was reading about Senator Lyn Walz’s legislative bills 1113 and 1114, which focus on improving internet access to rural Nebraska. The US Census Bureau reported in 2013 that only 73.4% of Nebraska households had high-speed internet access. That digital divide can be critical in a world where everyday tasks such as applying for a job, accessing a government service, doing homework, or checking with your kids’ school performance all require the Internet.
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.
Nearly nine million students attend rural schools — more than the enrollments of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and the nation's next 75 largest school districts combined. These students in Michigan and around the county face similar challenges, like limited access to advanced coursework, medical care, internet access and employment opportunities.
Rainwater disrupts systems for unemployment benefits office
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island department that oversees unemployment benefits has lost phone and internet access after rainwater seeped into its data center.
The Providence Journal reports water from overnight storms prompted an automatic shutdown of systems that support the Department of Labor and Training's website and other systems.
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Nepal accesses internet through China, ending India monopoly
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has opened an optical fiber link across the Himalayan mountains to China, ending years of dependency on India for internet access.
Information minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet inaugurated the link with China on Friday in a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu.
The optical fiber line crosses into China from the Rasuwagadhi border point, northwest of Kathmandu.