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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.
Plus, Colorado launches a statewide program to get more people signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program; Georgia is announcing expanded broadband funding; Connecticut suffers an Internet outage; and more.
The USDA grant will cover about 75 percent of the expansion costs with the provider investing the remainder to expand its all-fiber optic to approximately 3,500 locations across three underserved counties.