Near the Heart of Silicon Valley, a Community Failed by the Big Internet Providers Is Building Its Own Network

Date: 10 Sep 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Scott Vanderlip can see Google’s headquarters from his house in the town of Los Altos Hills, California. Still, some of his neighbors struggle to access the online world that the tech company has helped shape. So they created Los Altos Hills Community Fiber, a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation that’s bringing a local, high-quality connectivity option to the area.… Read More

What Your City Can Do to Close Digital Divides During Covid

Date: 25 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

To help local governments that want to improve connectivity during the pandemic, we at the Community Broadband Networks initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance have teamed up with the Local Solutions Support Center to produce a number of helpful resources, including a guide for local governments and an interactive state broadband preemption map.… Read More

Mississippi Electric Co-ops Kick Broadband Projects Into High Gear With Covid Relief Funds

Date: 20 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Less than two years after Mississippi lifted its ban on electric cooperative broadband networks, at least 15 of the 25 co-ops in the state have announced plans to provide Internet access to members, with more on the way.… Read More

Block Island to Build Rhode Island’s First City-Owned, Citywide Fiber Network

Date: 13 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Late last month, voters in Block Island, Rhode Island’s sole town of New Shoreham gathered (at safe distances) in the local school building and on its grounds to approve $8 million in borrowing to build an island-wide, municipal fiber network. Residents were overwhelmingly in favor of funding the broadband network, which would be the first of its kind in the state.… Read More

Homework Gap Hits Communities of Color Harder

Date: 4 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Millions of students do not have access to adequate connectivity, but Black, Latinx, and Native children are disproportionately impacted by the “homework gap.” One study found that children in one out of every three Black, Latinx, and Native American households did not have broadband access at home.… Read More

Is Your City Allowed to Close the Digital Divide During the Pandemic?

Date: 6 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the pandemic drags on, local governments across the country are looking for ways to connect their residents. To help local officials and advocates figure out if their community is able to take action, we worked with the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) to develop a step-by-step guide.… Read More

Tell Your U.S. Representative to Support the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act

Date: 25 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, representatives in the U.S. House introduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act, which calls for the federal government to invest $100 billion to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality Internet access. Contact your House representative to ask them to support the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act and to sign on as a cosponsor.… Read More

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