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The release of new Internet availability maps earlier this month has elicited a wide response from U.S. senators, federal broadband officials, telecommunications industry groups, nonprofit organizations and others.
Joseph residents will soon have more options when it comes to choosing an Internet provider, thanks to Metronet, a 100 percent fiber-optic company started back in 2005 that is now moving into the local market.
Tech-rich but Internet-poor, residents of a Silicon Valley neighborhood were fed up with sluggish broadband of less than 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload — the federal definition of unserved by adequate Internet.
The Willmar City Council on Monday approved an audit of the current Internet infrastructure throughout the city. The project will cost $42,486 and will be conducted by Hometown Fiber.
The project is expected to connect more than 1,700 homes with high-speed Internet. About 5,000 people live on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, but only about 59 percent of households have broadband Internet subscriptions.
In anticipation of the FCC releasing its new nationwide broadband maps today, Government Technology spoke with several industry experts to better understand how these maps will work and some of the challenges still ahead.
The state will see around $100 million for high-speed Internet projects as part of a $1 billion pot of funding from the federal government. Other projects include the purchase of electric buses and charging infrastructure.
Plus, New Mexico directs $36.8 million in grants through an Internet expansion pilot program, Nebraska nets $5.6 million in federal awards for boosting broadband, a report details Chicago digital divide progress, and more.
The program, called the Broadband Line Extension Connection Program, will work differently from other grants in that the process in applying for the grant will not be generated from an ISP, but rather by the end users.
In heavily wooded Cook Township, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the average Internet speed is so slow that it barely qualifies as broadband, according to the new federal minimum standard.
A General Dynamics-backed coalition that also includes other major tech players wants to develop 5G-powered tools for state and local agencies. Government use cases for 5G continue to expand but challenges abound.
Plus, a new report details how to make broadband a priority in affordable rental housing development projects, the FCC is partnering with the Department of Veterans to help those who served get connected, and more.
The Joplin City Council has hired a consultant to sort through 16 proposals from Internet service providers interested in developing broadband service. Certain parts of the city have little to no Internet service, officials say.
Ahead of the Federal Communications Commission's goal of rolling out new broadband labels this month, telecommunications industry experts from the Fiber Broadband Association and Carnegie Mellon weigh in on the subject.
Carlsbad's Viasat said that it expects to begin launching its next-generation broadband Internet satellite constellation early next year — marking another delay in getting the terabyte-class satellites into orbit.