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Community Broadband Media Roundup - June 1


Broadband grants come to Tallapoosa County by Cliff Williams, The Outlook



Sacramento wants to give free Internet to low-income residents amid pandemic by Monica Coleman, ABC10



Colorado will miss its goal to hit 92% broadband coverage in rural areas by June by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun 



Illinois grants to help expand broadband, digital access, WGNTV



Gov. Hogan announces nearly $9.6M in funding for rural Internet connectivity around Maryland, CBS Baltimore


South Carolina

Tri-County Electric Cooperative plans to bring broadband to rural communities by Loren Thomas, WLTX19

"Tri-County has about six customers per mile of line," says Lowder. "That is very rural and that is why we are little behind here. Our job as a co-op is to see where the differences are and try to work with our legislatures, with the federal side and with local leaders to achieve what needs to be done and that's get fiber to the home."


Community Broadband Media Roundup - May 25


Little-known Internet network plans Western Colorado expansion to link students, nonprofits to supercomputers by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun



Louisiana co-op broadband bill faces hurdles in legislature by Mark Ballard, Government Technology

Legislation in the Louisiana state house that would urge electric cooperatives to help bring high-speed Internet to rural areas cleared its third legislative hurdle Monday.But the rural co-ops opposed the bill arguing that recently amended wording in the measure would preclude the cooperatives from competing for the broadband Internet business.


Harford seeks Internet provider to extend broadband to northern part of county by James Whitlow, The Baltimore Sun 



Municipal broadband investment needed now for ‘new normal’ by Joel D. McAuliffe, MassLive 


New Hampshire

Jaffrey considers public-private broadband bond options by Ashley Saari, Ledger-Transcript



Poor Americans face hurdles in getting promised Internet by David McCabe, New York Times


ILSR: Cooperative fiber deployments exceed 360, 62% of subs can get fiber from their telco cooperative by Joan Engebretson, telecompetitor 

Community Broadband Media Roundup - May 11


CPUC moves to help close digital divide for students by Bruce Mirken, Post News Group


High school district grapples to bridge digital divide by Kate Bradshaw, Mountain View Voice



Community partnership uses school buses to provide free Internet access in Perry County, Mo. by Amber Ruch, KFVS12


Best case scenario: Early broadband build-out leaves some rural areas prepared for online work and school by Anna Brugmann, Columbia Daily Tribune



Rural America lags on fast Internet. Now small co-ops are building it by Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor 

“Co-ops in my mind are the unsung heroes of broadband rural deployment,” says Christopher Ali, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia who is writing a book on the subject. “Co-ops are much more responsive to needs of their local communities.”

New Mexico

USDA to spend $23M to expand broadband in NM by Scott Turner, Albuquerque Journal


North Carolina

Wilson community broadband proves valuable during coronavirus outbreak by Mandy Mitchell, WRAL


North Dakota

Why North Dakota has the best Internet in the United States by Karl Bode, Vice

Community Broadband Media Roundup - May 4


Mohave Electric Cooperative moves forward to build fiber optic network in partnership with TWN Communications, Cision PR Newswire



State program created to lift rural broadband by Michael R. Wicklin, Arkansas Online



More California students are online, but digital divide runs deep with distance learning by Sydney Johnson and Michael Burke, Edsource 

About 17,000 students in Oakland Unified didn’t have internet at home before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oakland Tech Exchange, a group that provides technology to low-income families in the area. That’s equal to more than one-third of all students in the district.


Expanding wireless broadband hubs in unserved communities, Massachusetts Broadband Institute 



Conexon's breakthrough Interactive RDOF Mapping Platform steers electric cooperatives to broadband funding success, Conexon


Why rural Americans are having a hard time working from home by Harmeet Kaur, CNN

We are the country that created the internet. We think of ourselves as the most affluent nation on Earth," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. "We should be embarrassed that millions of people have to drive to a closed library or a fast food restaurant in order to do their jobs or do their homework.

Community Broadband Media Roundup - April 27


Glenwood working toward installing a new broadband system over the next two years by Matthew Bennett, Post Independent 



Locally owned rural telcos establish hotspots to meet demand during pandemic by Toni Riley, Daily Yonder



Expanding wireless broadband hubs in unserved communities, Massachusetts Broadband Institute 


New York 

City reaches deal with Greenlight, hopes to leverage terms to bridge digital divide by Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle 



Closing the digital divide in rural Pennsylvania by Therese Perlowski, Internet2



Rural Washington residents working from home adapt to dearth of high-speed Internet connectivity by Amy Edelen, Spokesman


Broadband is primarily a private investment and it’s difficult to make a business case to Internet service providers to deploy in remote areas, because it’s expensive to build towers and lay fiber. If communities can show there are enough people living in the area through mapping, it opens up opportunity for grants that could support broadband infrastructure, Hansen said.



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

Community Broadband Media Roundup - April 6


Apache County towns plan Internet collaboration by Amber Shepard, White Mountain Independent



A digital divide with dire consequences for Texas by Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

Some of the solutions are creative. WesTex Connect, an internet service provider in Abilene, has set up free Wi-Fi hotspots in parking lots next to football stadiums, at the Abilene Convention Center, in Clyde, in Merkle, at the Farmer’s Co-Op Gin in Stamford and next to a lumberyard in Stamford. More are on the way, the company says, for anyone with schoolwork to do, bills to pay, whatever requires internet access.



During health crisis, rural Wisconsin struggles with poor Internet service by Peter Cameron, Lake Geneva Regional News



US society needs a broadband big dig to get out of its hole by Rana Foroohar, Financial Times


Those without fast internet struggle in a stuck-at-home nation by Tali Arbel and Michael Casey


In rural western Alabama, less than 1% of Perry County's roughly 9,100 residents have high-quality internet at home, so online lessons are out. County teachers spent three days manually loading scanned images of math worksheets and other materials on to iPads and Chromebooks for the system’s 1,100 students to take home while out of class, said Superintendent John Heard.