Broadband and Network
According to political leaders and broadband officials at a summit this week, New Mexico will get between $100 million and $700 million in federal funding to expand broadband capacity for underserved communities.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Broadband Office, and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Decatur County has been designated as the state's 77th Broadband Ready Community.
The Dunn County Broadband Task Force is conducting a regional survey of residents to establish a plan to improve broadband access and grab a portion of federal funding earmarked for state broadband efforts.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the New York state Department of Labor is launching a new, free digital literacy program to help job seekers gain skills needed to be more marketable to an employer.
Plus, a new report continues to emphasize the value of a unified approach to broadband, Cleveland finds a nonprofit partner for a citywide broadband network and more.
Residents in rural Marion County likened Internet service to “a dead turtle” while offering officials feedback on the state of broadband in the region. The input was gathered as part of a six-county listening session.
A $10 million grant from Google.org is expanding digital navigator programs in 18 rural or tribal communities nationwide, and advocates say the lessons could inform work for years to come.
Local nonprofit DigitalC has presented its $40 million plan, funded both publicly and privately, to improve Internet access in a city that has lagged behind its peers in this area.
One option would provide an affordable monthly broadband plan through a local nonprofit, while the second option would come through a proposed agreement with SiFi Networks to build fiber-optic lines across the city.
The Oakland Housing Authority plans to supply 1,117 households in the city's five largest public housing communities with free wireless Internet access by 2024, city officials said.
Plus, a new report looks at what digital inclusion efforts are lacking, a pair of organizations are partnering to promote broadband careers to students and more.
High school and college students will be part of Massachusetts' Digital Equity Partnerships Program, a grant funding initiative to train seniors in technology skills and how to use devices.
Plus, Oklahoma is the latest state to launch a broadband listening tour, FEMA is teaming with the New Orleans Library for a digital literacy workshop, and more.
There are some policymakers, politicians and media pundits who can’t understand why low-income people who don’t have a certain technology will turn down the technology, even when it’s free. But one thing low-income folks learn, often from a young age, is that “free” comes with a cost.
The Polis administration has made it a goal to get 99 percent of the state connected to reliable broadband by 2027, but nearly 194,000 households and businesses remain unconnected to the Internet.
Butler Tech and Butler County Educational Services Center are coordinating with telecommunications providers, as well as federal and state school funding through Broadband Ohio, to expand broadband access.