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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.

Roughly 116,000 homes and businesses in Maine do not have broadband service, according to federal data. The grants announced this week will expand service to more than 16,000 homes and businesses in nine counties.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development this week announced that more than $5.6 million was awarded for projects in Lawrence County and more than $9.5 million was awarded for projects in five counties.
The cities of Lewiston and Auburn will be at the center of a new fiber-optic broadband network being built by GoNetspeed. The work is expected to begin later this year, the company said.
The $72 million effort on the part of Cleveland Utilities and the municipal government is facing opposition from three conservative groups who say the move pits the government against private businesses and could compromise customer privacy.
The upgrades come as a followup to a study by the county last year that, according to preliminary results, determined as much as 71 percent of the area is underserved by existing broadband infrastructure.
With the completion of the city’s fiber-optic network approaching, city staff have recommended that a public-private partnership would be much more cost effective to operate when compared to a city-run service.
Almost two months after the FCC released its new broadband map, state governments have submitted “bulk challenges” as part of a requirement to receive BEAD funding.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar this week released the Texas Broadband Development Map, which sought to identify the availability of various types of high-speed Internet access across the state.
Plus, local leaders in Phoenix have teamed up to tackle digital equity in the region, registration is now open for the NDIA's annual Net Inclusion event, some stakeholders want more time on the FCC map process, and more.
An overview of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program’s goals, requirements, and other considerations.