The Lincoln Board of Education gave initial consideration to a 10-year contract that would allow the district to connect to a network of dark fiber, which are unused strands of cable already installed that can be leased.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the city was awarded $1.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds for the expansion of its municipal network. Voters recently approved $20 million in bonds for the work.
Plus, the NTIA has updated its guide for federal broadband funding; New York City is offering free municipal broadband to housing authority residents; a new paper explores telehealth’s impact on maternal health; and more.
As broadband expansion efforts increase nationwide, digital equity advocates are working to ensure that urban communities are included. New federal funding opportunities are adding fuel to these efforts.
For Chicago Ridge Public Library, funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund has gone toward purchasing new laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots to help residents connect to the Internet.
After being put on hold in May 2022, the Internet Master Plan has been in a state of limbo as officials map the next steps. Another newly announced undertaking, however, promises to put a dent in the digital divide in the meantime.
There is interest in providing broadband access in Joplin as those hired to conduct a search for the service gather information about potential contractors or providers, the City Council was told Monday night.
A City Council committee has recommended two contracts to run a fiber-optic network and extend Wi-Fi service in the RiverEdge Park. Officials are hoping the service will be ready for a major holiday event later this year.
Edmonds, who was one of the first digital inclusion directors for a municipal government anywhere in the United States, is taking a position as CEO of DigitalC, a Cleveland-based nonprofit that works on digital equity.
More than a thousand homes and businesses in one of South Texas’ largest cities will soon be able to connect to the Internet at the lightning-fast speeds that are afforded by fiber-optic cables.
City staff are drafting an ordinance that seeks to regulate where 5G and other types of wireless telecommunications facilities can be installed, including restrictions near neighborhoods and schools where possible.
Plus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for a program that will invest $1 billion in rural high-speed Internet, Tennessee has announced $447 million in broadband investments, and more.
Three fiber-optic network providers that will offer high-speed Internet in Colorado Springs have launched construction or are poised to begin as they race to capture customers in various parts of the region.
Greenup is the third county in the area to announce Internet expansion plans recently. Internet provider Kinetic will connect approximately 7,400 homes and businesses with high-speed fiber Internet by the end of the year.
Federal and state representatives were invited to a panel by Rep. Henry Cuellar regarding the nationwide expansion of broadband connectivity and accessibility, emphasizing new guidelines for what high-speed means.