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...
Wyoming senators approve rural broadband sales tax break
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has approved a sales-tax break for companies that provide internet and other telecommunications services to rural areas.
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.
Anti-Wi-Fi crusader Arthur Firstenberg wants a judge to overturn a new franchise fee levied by the city of Santa Fe against telecommunications service providers, who will pass the cost onto their customers.
Firstenberg asserts that the fee, which the City Council adopted in November, amounts to an “unlawful tax.”
“A municipality may only assess such a tax upon a majority vote of the electorate, unless otherwise authorized by law,” Firstenberg wrote in a complaint filed in state District Court.
Telecommunications service providers will have to pay the city of Santa Fe a franchise fee from now on to locate their facilities in public rights of way.
The 2 percent fee on all charges to each household or business to cover the city’s infrastructure maintenance costs likely will be passed on to consumers.
Oklahoma governor launches high-speed Internet initiative
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has launched an initiative to bring high-speed broadband and digital learning opportunities to public schools across the state.
The Oklahoma Connect and Learn Initiative will work with interested school districts and telecommunications service providers to increase the number of schools with fiber optic connections, improve the connections' capacity and affordability and ensure Oklahoma classrooms have Wi-Fi access to better facilitate digital learning.
If You Go: County provided broadband?
What: The Boulder County commissioners will review and hold public hearings whether to put a question to voters authorizing the county to provide high-speed internet broadband services. The commissioners also will consider ballot questions on a proposed property tax increase to fund road and bridge work, and a measure to allow Boulder County district attorneys to serve up to four consecutive four-year terms
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