Another Congressman Signs Onto Bill to Improve Broadband Mapping in Rural Communities

The following press release was published on Tom O’Halleran’s website on June 6, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) joined Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to introduce the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019 alongside Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Ann Kuster (D-NH), David McKinley (R-WV), and Rob Wittman (R-VA). This bipartisan legislation would improve the broadband mapping process nationwide to …

One Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

‘It’s important to tell our own story’ by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Grant County, Neb., (June 6, 2019) – Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Talk with owner Hannah Raudsepp for even a few minutes and it quickly becomes clear her family is not just trying to sell you beef—they’re …

2021 Will Bring Broadband to Rural Counties In Delaware

Published by Inside Towers on June 4, 2019 On May 30, officials from the state of Delaware signed a deal with Bloosurf to expand rural broadband to 127,000 rural homes and businesses, reported Government Technology. According to Delaware Chief Information Officer James Collins, “The [Governor’s] Administration has made it a priority to bridge both the accessibility and affordability gaps of …

North Carolina Broadband Bill to Help Rural Areas

Published by News 13 WLOS on May 31, 2019 By Rex Hodge SWAIN COUNTY, N.C.–Getting broadband to rural areas like our mountains takes a big step forward in Raleigh. The House signed off on a Senate bill that facilitates high speed internet access through electric cooperatives’ infrastructure.That would mean quicker internet speeds for places like Darnell Farms in Swain county. …

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 …