North Carolina awards $9.8M in grants to boost rural Internet speeds

Published by WRAL TechWire on May 8, 2019 RALEIGH – North Carolina is looking to boost Internet speeds in 19 rural counties with nearly $10 million in matching grants. The grants are to assist 14 companies improve broadband for some 10,000 households plus almost 600 businesses and community institutions. Fourteen companies will receive the grants, 11 of them being based …

Klobuchar, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband

The following press release was issued by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on May 2, 2019  Contacts: Elana Ross (Klobuchar), 202-430-7973 Tyler Hernandez (Capito), 202-224-6472 Accurate, reliable data on the economic impact of broadband is a valuable tool for policymakers and business leaders; Many research institutions, state broadband offices, and trade associations have highlighted the need …

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

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 support the expansion of rural broadband access, adoption, …

Lawmakers look for ways to reduce barriers to rural broadband

Published by North Carolina Health News on May 1st, 2019 By Taylor Knopf Decades ago, companies and local governments worked to bring electric, water and sewer to the rural communities of North Carolina. Now those organizations want to work together to provide the same access to broadband, something that’s increasingly being seen as the  next “standard utility.” But getting high-speed …

USDA releases report on rural broadband

Published by Morning Ag Clips on April 30th, 2019 WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies (PDF, 2.5 MB). The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technology on farms and ranches throughout the U.S. could …

Still Buffering: A decade of work has gone into grant funding for broadband efforts in East Texas

Published by Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 21st, 2019 By Erin Mansfield This is part two of a five-part series about how a lack of connectivity affects East Texans. Part 1: East Texas lags the rest of the state in broadband Part 2: Rural libraries fill the broadband void Part 3: Some East Texans say broadband is too slow and too expensive Part …

Digital Works in Rural America

Bowling Green, KY. (April 22nd, 2019) – If you were born and raised in rural America, you know first-hand how few and far between employment opportunities are and why many living in these areas end up moving to bigger cities. Unfortunately, that has left a lot of small towns at an extreme disadvantage. To put it bluntly—they face extinction. Should …

Broadband: Get Started Today

San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2019) – The National Planning Conference was held  April 13-19 in California. According to the American Planning Association, the annual event brings together planners from across the country to discuss the “hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say.” This year, Eric Frederick, Connected Nation’s Vice President of Community …

East Texas Agency Receives Federal Grant for Rural Broadband

The following was published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph on April 17, 2019 by Erin Mansfield  A regional agency representing 14 counties has received a federal grant to work toward better broadband access. The East Texas Council of Governments announced Wednesday that it received the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant includes $375,000 in federal money and …

The Digital Divide Knows No Borders

Lexington, Ky. (April 17, 2019) – What do you picture when you think of New Zealand? Perhaps you see a lush and green countryside? Or, unspoiled coastlines? Or, maybe you imagine waterfalls in valleys? All are true, but among those picturesque images is something often unnoticed—rural communities left without access to the same opportunities and resources many of us take …