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Network

Broadband, fiber-optic cable, Wi-Fi, 5G and more. Stories on efforts toward closing the digital divide in state and local government and getting everyone online. Includes coverage of internal networks.

As smart devices and classroom technology are increasingly integrated into the daily lives of network users, college and university IT departments must plan for more bandwidth and anytime, anywhere connectivity.
Plus, there’s a lot of news coming out of Utah’s Broadband Center, Vermont officials have announced millions in broadband construction grants, new poll finds overwhelming bipartisan support for net neutrality and more.
The massive sum that Maine expects from the federal infrastructure bill over the next five years may not be enough to bring roads and Internet connections up to date, an economist said at a recent conference.
Following a presentation of a new broadband study, officials recommended holding a meeting about taking a two-pronged approach to improve access to high-speed Internet, including discussion of a municipal network.
Many are left disconnected from critical infrastructure needed to connect with friends and family, buy goods and services, access health care, perform their jobs, for banking and investing, and more.
Pennsylvania could receive $1.2 billion in federal money to expand Internet access to residents — 10 times more than early estimates — but the window for determining exactly how much the state gets is quickly closing.
Greenlight Networks is laying fiber-optic lines and expects to connect its first area customer in late summer or early autumn, while soon installing infrastructure in other towns, aiming to reach 23,000 households.
Plus, new initiative seeks to bolster digital success among Latinos, several federal agencies enter into a new collaboration on broadband funding, an Oregon coalition is tackling broadband mapping, and more.
Gov. Tom Wolf visited Marion-Walker Elementary School on Wednesday to highlight how millions in federal funds could help bring Internet access to rural schools and communities across Pennsylvania.
County commissioners heard an update on the project to extend Internet service to under- and unserved parts of Cass County. The work is being done by Miami-Cass County REMC, a member-owned electric utility company.