Broadband and Network
Some $3.1 million of the $6.3 million budget under consideration is slated for a project to install fiber-optic cables in the rural area between Ariel and Cougar. The project is currently in the engineering phase.
Plus, New Mexico’s broadband director is retiring, California has a new public broadband services bill and applications are open for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s 2023 digital trailblazers program.
More than 400 residents and business owners have responded so far to a survey that Carroll County’s Technology Services created to gather information about access to broadband Internet connections.
Plus, a new module is added to the Broadband Infrastructure Playbook, Virginia is the latest state to release its five-year broadband action plan, and more.
Some $386 million in state funding is set to be distributed to counties throughout the state to expand Internet service. The governor has awarded 56 grants totaling more than $196 million from the Broadband Deployment Fund so far.
The Oxford Public Library is one of 215 public libraries across the country using the resources and funding from a partnership with AT&T to help increase digital literacy throughout the community.
Officials are working to bridge the city’s digital divide, bringing data to the fight. They hope a resident survey will help to better understand where the need for broadband service is greatest.
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians and AT&T held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for a project that will expand access to high-speed Internet service to more than 500 new customers in Valley Center, Calif.
Plus, AT&T is opening a center to support digital equity in Miami, Kansas is the latest state to submit its five-year broadband action plan to the federal government, and more.
Dearborn Heights library director Michael McCaffrey said the grant money from the Department of Education will be spent completely replacing computers and infrastructure in both libraries in the city.
The ambitious plans to connect underserved parts of California appear to have been slashed disproportionately, threatening to leave some urban communities, including East Oakland and South Central Los Angeles, further behind.
The latest installment of funding comes on top of $1 billion for Alaska rural broadband projects the White House announced in June, and brings the total investment under the Biden administration to about $2 billion.
The Fiber Smart House is a collaboration between the city of Gary and a national telecommunications development firm. The new facility will include a training space and will be a network operations center and fiber access point for large networks.
Plus, Oklahoma has launched a new interactive map to track Internet service in the state, Maine has submitted a new broadband plan to the federal government, and more.
Experts argue that agencies having staff dedicated to equity and inclusion play an important role for government work, from strategic planning, to operations, to the rise of digital government services.