Broadband and Network
Local government officials in McLean County, Ill., regional planners and the McLean County Farm Bureau want to know how fast Internet access is in rural parts of the county.
Concerns about radio frequency exposure cannot be addressed locally, with the Federal Communications Commission charged with deciding what levels of exposure are safe and which wireless facilities can be licensed.
Plus, more about Kansas' $15 million of federal funding for digital equity; U.S. senators reintroduce digital equity legislation, $180 for digital equity heading to libraries, and more.
Mayor Ben Walsh’s administration has proposed using federal stimulus money to build a city-owned wireless network offering 100-megabit broadband service to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
The next generation of Internet is being deployed in communities across Houston and nearby rural areas. In Lake Houston, providers such as Tachus and Comcast are already installing equipment to bring 10G to the area.
During the 2023 State of the Net Conference, digital equity experts discussed the importance of seizing the current financial opportunity to bridge the digital divide, and why collaboration is essential.
Neighbors of the Blue Mountain Community Church have spent months searching for legal means to keep a cell tower out of their neighborhood, including pressuring the Walla Walla City Council.
Even as digital inclusion was celebrating a peak in interest, long-time practitioners in the space were preparing for what comes next and stressing the importance of thinking sustainability.
Plus, the Net Inclusion 2023 event brought together digital equity stakeholders; the final awards were announced for the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program; and Missouri launched a survey to guide broadband efforts.
Town officials have approved a plan that would run fiber-optic cable for high-speed Internet service to the town office and police department. The use of existing equipment will make the project more cost effective.
Raimondo stressed that the federal government needs local digital inclusion practitioners to help it bridge the digital divide, making a trip to San Antonio specifically for the event.
An official from the U.S. Treasury Department says that 20 other states have applied for similar funding, and more announcements are coming, “to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are working to avert the loss of the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to auction the radio waves used for broadcast television, mobile phone and broadband services.
Learn how local governments are using self-service to reduce the drain on IT resources, improve communication and provide a better digital experience for citizens.
Ohio digital inclusion advocates are working hard to make sure that rural communities in the state have the best weapon for getting high-speed Internet — communities that know Internet matters.
Consolidated Communications will provide access to high-speed Internet for thousands of people statewide as soon as next year, the company said after the N.H. Executive Council approved $40 million in federal funding.