Broadband

Nonprofit Cites ‘Inaccuracies’ in New Broadband Maps

Open internet advocate Public Knowledge urged the FCC to clarify the challenge process, the availability of satellite internet and the role of anchor institutions.

New National Broadband Map Offers Granular Look at Service and Gaps

The draft release kicks off a process where states, localities and the general public can challenge inaccuracies. The new data will be crucial in guiding how the federal government divides billions in broadband funding between states.

Construction Underway on 10,000-mile Open Access Broadband Network in California

The “middle mile” network is expected to cost $3.8 billion and help connect the roughly one in five state residents who do not have access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet.

How Much Are People Without High-Speed Internet Willing to Pay For It?

A new federal survey takes a look and finds that, for many who don’t have service because of the expense, the amount is $0.

Broadband’s Rural Reach: How Electric Co-ops Reduce the Digital Divide

The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Broadband Cooperatives plans to connect 200,000 rural residents via fiber within five years.

Communities Collect Granular Broadband Data Amid Wait for Better Federal Maps

Whether gathering address-level availability data from internet service providers or anecdotal evidence from households, communities are working to get a baseline understanding of local broadband access.

A Plan to Connect Public Housing Residents to Free Broadband

New York City's “Big Apple Connect” calls for more than 200 developments owned by the city’s housing authority to connect 300,000 residents to high-speed internet by the end of 2023.

Federal Grants for Broadband Expansion Begin to Flow

Louisiana is the first state to receive planning dollars from a pair of high-speed internet programs in the infrastructure law. Funding is expected to reach other states soon.

How One City Delivers Broadband to Homes and Businesses at No Cost to Municipality

The partnership gives SiFi Networks right-of-way access to install fiber for its open access network in the Texas town—and even pays the city a licensing fee.

Could Investments in Community Broadband Bridge the Digital Divide?

COMMENTARY | These locally owned and operated broadband networks can bring down prices, expand coverage and increase competition.

Bill Aims To Reclassify Broadband As Essential To Promote Net Neutrality

Two Democratic senators unveiled a new bill to codify broadband as an essential service and prevent discriminatory practices.

Rural Areas in 11 States to Receive $401M for High-speed Internet

The Agriculture Department says the grants and loans will help to improve service for 31,000 customers.

How Rural Communities Can Receive the Digital Infrastructure Support They Need

COMMENTARY | Bridging the rural-urban digital divide will depend on fundamental shifts in how we deploy money towards infrastructure in rural areas.

FCC Chair Pushes for Gigabit Speed Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants to increase the national broadband standard to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads and proposed setting a separate national goal of 1 Gbps/500 Mbps.

State Gathers Data to Map Internet Coverage, Performance

To improve broadband mapping accuracy, Vermont state workers will be testing the wireless network along state highways. Residents can supplement that data with their own test results.

How State and Local Leaders Can Use Data to Ensure Broadband Access for All

COMMENTARY | To maximize the $65 billion in federal funds available to expand high-speed internet, governments must first identify the biggest barriers to access in their communities.

Deadlines Approach for Billions in Broadband Funding

The federal grant programs will support state and local efforts to expand high-speed internet access and improve digital equity.

State Broadband Map Delivers Granular Connectivity Data

Officials in New York can now use address-level data to better identify homes and businesses lacking access to affordable broadband.

Mayors Endorse an Array of Emerging Technologies

City leaders staked out positions related to drones, public safety, broadband, renewable energy, blockchain technology and more at their 90th annual conference.

Millions Still Lack Broadband Despite 5-year $44B Government Effort

Watchdog recommends synchronizing the federal government's fragmented push by 15 agencies administering 100 programs.