State Legislation Update: The Latest in Broadband

Bowling Green, KY (August 6, 2019) – Staying up-to-date on what is happening in your state legislature is important, especially when it comes to rural broadband. Broadband affects the economy, growth of organizations and businesses, education and much more. Connected Nation is on top of what’s happening with broadband in your state. Texas  Over the last two months, big improvements in broadband funding …

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative ramps up broadband push

Published by YellowHammerNews on August 5, 2019 By Sean Ross PRATTVILLE — High-speed broadband access is on the way to Alabamians in Central Alabama Electric Cooperative’s (CAEC) primarily rural 5,000 square-mile service territory. At a packed announcement event on Friday, the cooperative explained that it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, named “Central Access,” to construct a 400-mile fiber optic ring that …

Ivey awards grants to provide high-speed internet to several communities

Published by The Alabama Political Reporter  By Brandon Moseley  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday announced that she has awarded more than $1.14 million in grants to provide access to high-speed internet in several Alabama communities. The six grants are the second round of awards presented by Ivey under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. In the latest round, some providers …

Alabama Bill Expanding Broadband to Rural Communities Signed Into Law

Published by WVUA 23 on May 31, 2019 Alabama took a major step in expanding its broadband internet service in rural communities across the state this week. Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Rural Broadband Initiative into law Thursday. Started by the legislature last year, the bill will expand an existing grant program under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. “Each day …

UPDATE: List of States Funding Rural Broadband Gets Even Longer

by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Bowing Green, KY (May 14, 2019) – Earlier this month, Connected Nation took a closer look at the action states are taking to expand rural broadband access. Many state lawmakers are choosing to move forward now rather than wait for federal funding. Less than two weeks later, we can add nearly another …

Opinion: Every Citizen in Alabama Deserve High-speed Broadband

Editor’s Note: The Alabama House passed HB 400 on May 6 which is focused on expanding broadband to rural communities. Connected Nation agrees with Sen. Del Marsh  that “every citizen in Alabama deserves high-speed broadband” but we would change that wording slightly to read that every citizen in America deserves access. The following opinion piece was published by the Alabama Political …

Alabama House Passes Broadband Bill

Published by Alabama Political Reporter on May 6, 2019 By Brandon Moseley  The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation last week to try to make broadband more available to Alabamians, particularly rural Alabamians who few high-speed internet options. House Bill 400 is sponsored by state Representative Randall Shedd, R-Cullman. Shedd said, “We have all seen the map with whole counties …

From Georgia to Minnesota: State Lawmakers are Taking Bipartisan Action for Rural Broadband

by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Bowling Green, KY (May 2, 2019) – Federal legislators have taken action in recent months to begin expansion of rural broadband across the U.S.  But, many state lawmakers are not waiting for federal funding to come through before taking steps of their own. The number of states passing or introducing bills to …

Alabama Senator Introduces Bipartisan Broadband Access Legislation

The following was published in the Opelika Observer on April 10, 2019 Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, bipartisan legislation that fosters the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses and underserved communities in Alabama and throughout the country. The ACCESS BROADBAND Act would require the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …