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Virus exposes Iowa’s broadband weaknesses by Rod Boshart, Globe Gazette
Lack of broadband access adds to challenges for school districts in Greater Minnesota by Erin Hinrichs, Minnpost
Mississippi County Electric Cooperative teams with Conexon to deploy fiber-to-the-home network; build-out will provide access to broadband benefits for 5,000 rural Arkansas homes and businesses, Cision PR Newswire
Bridging the digital divide: How districts are making remote learning work, Manchester Ink Link
Star Communications putting WiFi hotspots in Sampson and Bladen counties by Chris Berendt, Bladen Journal
Broadband project approved to proceed, The Gazette-Virginian
Latest telco and electric cooperative fiber broadband partnership offers a unique model by Carl Weinschenk, telecompetitor
It’s still quite common for telcos and electric cooperatives to go it alone on fiber deployments, however. Last June, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) released research that said 140 U.S. telecom and electric cooperatives have deployed gigabit broadband services, primarily in rural areas. The majority of these were independent projects, rather than partnerships between the two types of companies. The 2019 research showed a big increase from 2017, when ILSR identified 87 gigabit broadband deployments by telco or electric cooperatives.
Clear Lake Internet provider making it easier to work from home by Mike Bunge, KIMT3 News
Internet providers ready to handle deluge of remote workers, Minnesota’s Internet experts say by Caitlin Anderson, StarTribune
Otter Tail County selected for Blandin Community Broadband Program, Pioneer Journal
Somerville voters agree to seek grants to create municipal broadband network by Keith Edwards, Central Maine
Westmoreland approves broadband project at town meeting by Olivia Belanger, Sentinel Source
Two states divert to telework. Are others ready? By Andrew Westrope, GovTech
How Cleveland is bridging both digital and racial divides by Lara Fishbane and Adie Tomer, Brookings
Wisconsin Offers Tax Breaks for Rural Broadband Investments by Carl Weinschenk, telecompetitor
Thousands in San Jose lack Internet access. Here’s how the city plans to change that by Maggie Angst, The Mercury News
Eastern Mississippi co-op considering offering broadband, The Sacramento Bee
A Mississippi electric utility cooperative (4-County Electric Power Association) is considering whether to provide its customers with broadband internet more than a year after a state law allowed co-ops to offer the services.
Bridging the digital divide in Youngstown is a work in progress by Justin Dennis, Mahoning Matters
Westmoreland and other counties identify Internet access as critical need, plan service expansion by Kris B. Mamula, Post-Gazette
USDA grant could help hundreds in rural Walker County get broadband by Joseph Brown, Government Technology
Star Valley joins county to plan for broadband by Teresa McQuerrey, Payson Roundup
Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas by Tamara Chuang, The Colorado Sun
"To be able to serve the entire region, all 100,000 people out here, it’s going to be a hybrid of a fiber backbone, fiber to the premise in communities where appropriate, and a wireless overlay to get to those areas where (fiber) is not cost-effective infrastructure,” she said. “Farmer Bob is probably not going to have the dollars to lay fiber down his 20-mile long driveway. And that’s OK. But he and that household do not deserve any less than anybody else just because they live in the rural areas.”
"Broadband is a lifeline for rural communities to connect for businesses, to charge credit cards, or order inventory, or for students to be able to do homework and take classes, for communities to have access to health care," Department of Economic Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson said.
Maine faces obstacles in broadband expansion efforts by Caitlin Andrews, GovTech
Gearing up to fight for rural broadband by Candice Spector, The Star Democrat (account required)
California’s broadband fund ignores fiber and favors slow DSL by Ernesto Falcon, EFF
The California legislature needs to fix CASF and convert it into a fiber infrastructure fund focused on upgrading Californian communities into the 21stcentury. To do so, the legislature needs to amend the broadband standard for eligible projects to 100 mbps download by 100 mbps upload with low latency and establish that as the new goal by deleting the DSL standard.
Bayfield moves toward improved broadband plan by Shannon Mullane, Herald
Waterloo, Cedar Falls Utilities fear new broadband rules by Tim Jamison, The Courier
Big telecom say it has first amendment right to sell your private data by Karl Bode, Vice
Last June, Maine passed a new law intended to protect broadband user privacy. The law demands ISPs clearly disclose what data is collected and who it’s sold to, requiring that users opt in to the sale of sensitive location or financial data. The law also bans ISPs from charging you extra if you want your privacy protected, a practice AT&T engaged in for years.
State to release $50 million in grants to expand broadband by Kade Heather, SJ-R
Not connected and no Netflix: ‘It’s frankly embarrassing’ in these Kansas towns by Kevin Hardy and Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star
The lack of reliable and high-speed Internet is a well known problem across rural America. But the gaps in access continue to widen as more and more work, school and leisure activities migrate to the digital world. That has accelerated the need for ultra-fast speeds at a time when many parts of Kansas and Missouri have yet to reach the baseline of what’s considered high-speed Internet.
How a new model can expand broadband access across communities by Blair Levin, Brookings Institution
New York City and the FCC have two very different plans for expanding broadband access by Blair Levin, Brookings Institution
Demand for broadband Internet remains high in rural Wisconsin by Shamane Mills, WPR
Project Thor aims to bring Summit County into broadband future by Deepan Dutta, Summit Daily
Everyone should benefit from the higher capacity that is now available,” said Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, who is also board chair for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. “There are many potential benefits for our 911 center, for the hospital, where we often have outages that can be potentially life threatening.
Lakeland seeks private partners to bring forward broadband ideas by Sara-Megan Walsh, The Ledger
Illinois releases first phase of getting high-speed Internet everywhere in the State by Breane Lyga, WREX
What the Iowa Caucus means for getting Iowa online by Makena Kelly, The Verge
Group in Oldham County propose municipal owned broadband system by Rose McBride, WHAS11
Companies propose $48 million investment in Internet infrastructure in Hagerstown by Alexis Fitzpatrick, Herald-Mail
Washington penny-pinches its way to high-speed Internet by Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle
For remote tribes, free airwaves licenses mean chance to connect by Jon Reid, Bloomberg Law
The effort is aimed at bringing internet connections to rural tribal lands—among the least connected parts of the country. Only 45% of people on those lands have access to fixed internet and LTE download speeds capable of streaming high-definition video, according to the latest FCC data. That leaves more than a million people without access to modern broadband internet service.
A second broadband grant application for Chalk Creek Canyon by Jan Wondra, Ark Valley Voice
Bringing rural Arizona up to (high) speed by Victoria Harker, Chamber Business News
The cost of connectivity in Ammon, Idaho by Becky Chao and Lucas Pietrzak, New America
Get Internet service to rural Louisiana, American Press
Ballard said the problem in Louisiana has been the belief that only private industry is innovative and efficient enough to provide internet service. However, he said private companies in this state didn’t extend phone lines to all rural areas until 2005. It’s also why nearly a million homes and businesses get their power from electric cooperatives created by the federal government.
Broadband-bill sponsors hope to improve Maine’s Internet by Laura Rosbrow, Public News Service