VIDEO: Getting Up-to-speed on Broadband Legislation

This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Connected Nation’s (CN) policy team tracks these developments closely as the nonprofit works to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Tom Ferree, CN’s Chairman & CEO, recently talked with RFD-TV about the work lawmakers …

The UN wants to connect every adult in the world by 2030

The following was published in c|net on June 10, 2019  by Dhara Singh  Half the world still doesn’t have access to the internet, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. At a time when countries are feuding over tariffs and trade agreements, Melinda Gates and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma feel optimistic that international cooperation will bridge the digital divide. The hope is that global collaboration …

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 …

Organizations partner to address rural broadband access

Published by Morgan County Herald on March 13, 2019 The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and Rural LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) have partnered to address the critical need for affordable high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Together, the three organizations developed a mobile app that gives mobile phone users the power …

Broadband Bill Kicked Off Season

Published by Valdosta Daily Times on March 13, 2019 A broadband bill kicked off the legislative session. • HB 23 allows EMCs to provide broadband services, while prohibiting the cross-subsidization of the EMCs broadband services and its natural gas or electricity services. • It also prohibits EMCs disconnecting a user’s gas or electric service for their failure to pay for …

Lawmakers Seek Options To Boost Rural Broadband Connectivity in Georgia

Published by Georgia Public Broadcasting (NPR station) on February 19, 2019 by Stephen Fowler  Lawmakers are looking at ways to improve internet access across Georgia, especially in rural parts of the state. There are a number of bills filed this session that address different pieces of infrastructure and regulation and could expand coverage, but the first one to make its …