Broadband and Network
Customers across the nation reported outages of call, text and Internet service. The incident prompted some emergency and police departments to issue advice to residents who were unable to place 911 calls.
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is seeking input on current Internet access. This survey is being conducted as part of Project Broadband Breakthrough, which focuses on how broadband access impacts rural life.
Plus, Alabama announces $188 million for broadband; California sees digital discrimination legislation introduced; Phoenix opens a digital skills training center; and more.
Google’s Internet service arm has been approved to start its multiyear engineering and permitting process in some areas of Clark County, Nev., and could launch by mid-2025.
The Willmar City Council is set to consider a proposal for an open-access broadband network throughout the city. The network would be owned by the city and managed by Internet service provider Hometown Fiber.
Plus, registration has closed for Net Inclusion 2024, Oklahoma and Kansas get funding for broadband, and a report seeks to uncover the best broadband technology investment.
The deadline to sign up for benefits under the Affordable Connectivity Program is looming. Applicants have until Feb. 7 to enroll in the program that is set to expire later this year without legislative action.
Four companies in the state received more than $6.5 million in grants recently from the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board, which is distributing the money to expand high-speed Internet access there.
During a meeting last week, the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board approved $374 million in ARPA funds to go toward 142 broadband service expansion projects in 57 counties.
As states work to make use of federal broadband funding, a stipulation that the money can't be used for wireless networks is shortsighted and could hinder high-speed Internet access for those who need it now.
County officials have voted to continue maintenance and support services contract for hundreds of network switches and routers throughout county government facilities with Cisco SMARTnet Support Services.
Plus, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has launched a digital equity challenge, a report found that nearly 90 percent of Michigan jobs require digital skills, North Carolina gets $82 million in broadband funding, and more.
At least 2,000 customers in Portland, Ore., have been without Internet or cable TV service since snow, ice and windstorms hit the region Jan. 13. Internet service providers say they expect to restore all service within the next few days.
Anne Arundel County officials and members of the library system handed out more than 200 Chromebooks at the Linthicum library location as part of a program aiming to bridge digital and Internet access gaps.