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Gov. Janet Mills announced $128 million in federal funding will be used by the Maine Connectivity Authority to expand broadband. The funding for this investment comes from the American Rescue Plan.
It looks as if Comcast Xfinity may get some competition for cable subscribers in Morgantown, W.V., where the city council will take up a cable franchise agreement with Atlantic Broadband this month.
The commissioners of Butler County, Ohio, have heard a $4 million proposal to bring high-speed Internet to 2,700 locations in rural parts of the county. The project would be led by an electric cooperative.
Thanks to a program created by the Alachua County Library District in Florida, library cardholders can check out Wi-Fi hot spots with no fees. Currently, the district has 200 hot spots that residents can use.
Consolidated Communications, a company that provides broadband in more than 20 states, has kicked off a new fiber network project in Manchester, N.H. The company has multiple similar projects throughout the state.
Plus, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration establishes two new offices aimed at strengthening U.S. broadband, and the California Public Utilities Commission is investing in digital equity.
The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the need to address the digital divide in the Los Angeles area. However, it also led to funding and collaboration opportunities for government agencies to combat the issue.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a $5.1 million fine against two far-right operatives responsible for a robocall campaign that intended to discourage Black citizens from voting last year.
Mahaska Communication Group officials said they plan to begin constructing the underground broadband network in early 2022, and hope to finish the project by late 2024 or early 2025.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that an additional $100 million will be used for broadband expansion through the newly minted Connect Maryland initiative to bridge the state’s digital divide.
The $1 million investment, approved by the Allegany County Board of Commissioners, will go toward equipment for six sites. The money comes from CARES Act funding and a state grant.
If the federal infrastructure bill makes it through the House of Representatives and receives President Joe Biden's signature, $65 billion will go to broadband. What does that really mean, though, for America's future?
Gov. Mike Parson has announced a plan to invest $400 million toward efforts to increase broadband access throughout Missouri. The funding for this investment comes from the American Rescue Plan.
'This is not a luxury in many cases. It's an essential connection.' U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said these words Wednesday afternoon at the Boone County Government Center during a roundtable discussion on broadband.

No matter their political views, rural Pennsylvanians see the federal infrastructure bill as a potentially great development for their communities. Otherwise, the business case for their Internet may never develop.