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The Federal Communications Commission will start accepting applications on May 12 for its program to help low-income families pay for access to high-speed Internet service during the coronavirus pandemic.
With a focus on Internet quality and resiliency, Sen. Sean Ryan and Rep. Nily Rozic want to give the New York Public Service Commission more regulatory power over broadband service companies.
Following a 2019 pilot study, Pharr, Texas, will move forward with a program aimed at providing high-speed Internet access to all of its residents in a region that lags far behind the national average for connectivity.
The decision comes more than four months after plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed a motion claiming the state has failed to provide children with the necessary tools to study remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma have partnered with Nokia and NewCore to extend Internet access to tribal households, businesses and schools.
Plus, Maine rolls out an innovation challenge around advancing the state's clean energy sector; New Mexico welcomes an aerospace-technology collaborative program hub; Microsoft shares open data campaign tips; and more.
As the ongoing pandemic spotlights the digital divide, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to put taxpayer dollars behind convincing Internet providers to go the “last mile” in deploying broadband to residential consumers.
With the goal of boosting high-speed Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, San Diego loosened its rules Tuesday that govern how communications companies can install new infrastructure.
A newly proposed bill could establish the Maine Connectivity Authority and authorize it to build physical infrastructure, provide grants and loans for broadband projects, and build partnerships to expand Internet service in the state.
President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan would eliminate state restrictions that prevent cities from providing broadband. Places like Kutztown, Pa., provide a view into a possible future for other American communities.
Parts of Western Pennsylvania could eventually get broadband through Starlink, the satellite Internet service owned by Elon Musk, though some experts question whether the technology is a long-term solution.
The discussion as well as the demonstrated need surrounding high-speed Internet access — a need that is particularly great in Maine’s more rural areas — have far outmatched the public investment.
A unanimous vote from the Dane County Board has established a local broadband task force, which will, among other tasks, identify Internet gaps in the county and assist municipalities with state and federal grants.
Installing a municipal fiber-optic network is ambitious but possible, officials say, and would cost between $2.5 million and $3 million. The pandemic has highlighted the need for better Internet in the community.
A new act directs the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to establish a public broadband portal for individuals to report if their Internet is slower than 25 megabits per second for downloads and 3 mbps for uploads.
Fifteen dollars a month is New York state's newly mandated price for a high-speed Internet connection for qualified low-income households under a new law signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Amazon's secretive $10 billion satellite Internet program, Project Kuiper, will send its first satellites into space on rockets owned by United Launch Alliance, a joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture, Amazon announced.
City officials said Friday they are seeking bids from companies that can bring wireless Internet access at no cost to taxpayers, welcoming proposals over the next 30 days before choosing a firm to provide soon after.
The 50 participants who will receive one year of free Internet via satellite have been selected by Eau Claire County. The pilot project aims to help households with limited access to Internet.

Tom Wheeler, the FCC chairman under President Obama, details the new challenges facing the agency he led between 2013 and 2017. They include cybersecurity and connecting rural America, among others.