Community Broadband Media Roundup - April 13


Municipal election results roll in, 3 new municipalities pass broadband service by Brennan Linsley, Colorado Politics 



Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Transforms Broadband Have-Nots Into Broadband Haves by Sean Buckley, Broadband Communities



Monroe County EPA teams up with Conexon to launch fiber-to-the-home network, Monroe Journal

Monroe County EPA will begin construction on the network by the fourth quarter of 2020, with the first customers expected to be connected by early 2021. The four-year build-out will span 1,500 miles of fiber, serve 100 percent of the power’s association’s 10,800 members and is anticipated to cost in the range of $29 million.


Coronavirus sparks new interest in bridging digital divides by Zack Quaintance, GovTech



New urgency for rural broadband by Aaron J. Brown, Hibbing Daily Tribune



Wisper, Rural Electric Cooperative Sho-Me make deal on Missouri broadband builds by Joan Engebretson, telecompetitor


New York

Buffalo Public Schools grapple with the city's digital divide: ‘It’s just a big equity issue.’ by Kyle S. Mackie, WBFO


North Carolina

Working from home? North Carolina's new site maps Wi-Fi, ISP deals by Ryan Johnston, Statescoop



Ben Lomand awarded $2 million broadband access grant for Cumberland County by Gary Nelson, Crossville Chronicle


Twin Lakes to receive broadband grant, Overton County News


Grant for broadband accessibility in Perry County, Buffalo River Review



Lockhart provides all district students free internet service so online learning can start by Heather Osbourne, Statesman


Trust and entrepreneurship pave the way toward digital inclusion in Brownsville, Texas by Lara Fishbane and Adie Tomer, Brookings



Roger Timmerman: COVID-19 reveals a gap in our online infrastructure by Roger Timmerman, The Salt Lake Tribune



Our lack of will to expand broadband access has left millions of students disconnected during closures by Ben Hecht, Fast Company


Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few months by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica


Verizon is canceling many home-Internet installations and repairs during the pandemic, and some customers are being given appointment dates in November when they try to schedule an installation. The November appointment dates appear to be placeholders that will eventually be replaced by earlier dates. But Verizon is sending mixed messages to customers about when appointments will actually happen and about whether technicians are allowed to enter their homes.


Worried about 5G and cancer? Here’s why wireless networks pose no known health risk by Glenn Fleishman, Tidbits


Jon Cusack The Latest Celebrity To Spread Nonsense About 5G by Karl Bode, TechDirt