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 …

How to Bring High-Speed Internet to Public Housing

Published by Institute for Local Self-Reliance on May 30, 2019 By Hibba Meraay This week we’re rebroadcasting an episode of our Community Broadband Bits podcast that details our recent report on San Francisco’s innovative efforts to close the digital divide in public housing. Host Chris Mitchell is joined by former ILSR intern and report co-author, Hannah Rank, to discuss how this model …

Pete Stauber Hosts Broadband Meeting

Published by KDAL on May 30, 2019 By Dave Strandberg SCANDIA, MN (KDAL) – 8TH District Congressman Pete Stauber is scheduled to host a House Small Business Committee field hearing titled Small Businesses and their Limitations without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband on Thursday in Scandia, Minnesota. Stauber will be joined by Congressman Jared Golden, the Chairman of the Small …

Congressman Kilmer wants to build ‘fiberhoods’ across America

Published by MY Northwest on May 28, 2019 By Dyer Oxley There are places in Washington, even in 2019, where rural broadband doesn’t exist – or even a solid phone connection. That was evident when KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross attempted to call Congressman Derek Kilmer in rural Mason County. Eventually, the call got through. “Unfortunately, there are large parts of …

New Bill Would Improve Broadband Maps

The following was published by the American Farm Bureau Federation on May 22, 2019. Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall, recently joined Connected Nation’s board of directors partly because of our mission to bring broadband to all people in both rural and urban areas.  A recently introduced bill would enhance the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, a key step toward boosting …

Washington invests $6 million in rural broadband access, clean energy infrastructure

Published by KIRO 7 on May 22, 2019 Washington state announced a $6 million investment Monday in rural broadband internet and clean energy infrastructure in six counties. The investment included $3.2 million in low-interest loans and $2.67 in grants for infrastructure projects that target rural broadband, business growth and job creation in Clallam, Kitsap, Mason, Whatcom and Yakima counties. It was …

Grayson County poised for a broadband expansion via new state law

Published by GoDanRiver.com on May 21, 2019 By: Amy Friedenberger INDEPENDENCE — About 75 percent of the people in Grayson County lack access to quality broadband. Even for some connected to broadband, their internet speed is so slow that people in the rural county jokingly describe it as “advanced dial-up.” The county set a goal three years ago to provide broadband …

Why We Need to Rethink How We View Charity

Bowling Green, KY. (May 21, 2019) – Nonprofit organizations impact our world in ways you might not even think about. Nonprofits provide public and societal benefits such as health and human services, education and research, caring for the environment and animals, and providing access to arts, humanities, and religion. Nonprofits ultimately seek to improve lives, yet many are undervalued, operating on …