Want to close America’s rural-urban divide? Digital infrastructure is the key.

Published by The Washington Post on February 20, 2019 By Jam Spectar  In his State of the Union speech earlier this month, President Trump touched briefly on an area where he and Democrats could easily make common cause for the sake of the country: infrastructure. Yet by skipping over the details he missed an important opportunity to connect his rhetoric …

Indiana Gov. Holcomb gives rural broadband a $100 million boost

Published by StateScoop on February 22, 2019 by Colin Wood  Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday a $100 million project to improve broadband access for the state’s rural residents. The initiative, which is being branded as Next Level Broadband program, is part of a broader $1 billion infrastructure initiative announced by the governor’s office in September. The $100 million dedication …

Indiana’s Lt. Gov. Touts Broadband Expansion to Rural Counties

Published by the Muncie Star Press on February 20, 2019  by Corey Ohlenkamp MUNCIE, Ind. – Speaking to the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch touted state efforts to improve infrastructure including Hoosiers’ access to broadband in an attempt to spur statewide economic growth. The effort will focus on underserved areas in rural Indiana where providers argue …

FCC claims rural broadband access is improving

Published by F3News on February 20, 2019 The FCC has been working to speed up the rollout of broadband infrastructure through initiatives such as the Connect America Fund. Meanwhile, the federal government last week announced a multi-agency strategy to bring broadband to the millions of Americans who don’t currently have access to it, particularly in rural areas. “For the past two …

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 …

Arkansas Senators Support Broadband Measure

Published by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on February 13, 2019 A bill that would halt the prohibition on municipalities providing broadband service zipped through the Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted 35-0 to send Senate Bill 150 by Sen. Breanne Davis, R-Russellville, to the House for further action. The bill would amend the Telecommunications Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 and …

Congress, USDA Take Action to Help Rural America

Bowling Green, Ky. (December 14, 2018) – Two important actions took place this week that will help provide relief for America’s families, businesses, farmers and ranchers, and small communities. Lawmakers passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced how $600 million in loans and grants will …

NW Pennsylvania Broadband Initiative: A Plan to Connect Residents, Schools, Businesses

Meadville, PA. (January 24, 2018) – After six months of research, the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, working in partnership with Connected Nation, has completed an in-depth assessment of the region’s current broadband environment and developed a Technology Action Plan to address its future needs. This plan identifies key projects and actions that can be taken to improve broadband …