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A Tale of Two Cities in Maine: Municipal Broadband and Misinformation

Date: 7 Dec 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just over 90 miles apart, Leeds and Hampden, Maine, have had motivated people in the community and in leadership advocating for better Internet access for years. In November 2021, the work of both these community initiatives was tested as voters were asked to decide whether or not to move forward with their respective municipal broadband plans.… Read More

Municipalities Across Massachusetts Move Toward Community-Owned Broadband

Date: 2 Dec 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities and towns all over Massachusetts are looking for alternatives to the big incumbent Internet Service Providers in their communities as citizens across the Commonwealth have grown weary of the high-cost, second-rate Internet service – and lack of competition – that plagues markets dominated by monopoly providers.… Read More

Listen: Christopher Mitchell Explains What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Internet Access

Date: 17 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, a monumental infrastructure bill passed with $65 billion devoted to broadband investment. This money will build rural connectivity, develop state policies for local broadband, and create a more digitally inclusive economy. … Read More

Report: Failed Federal Policy Generates Customer Frustration in Broadband Marketplace

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. … Read More

Infrastructure Bill Passes: ‘Our Broadband Moment’

Date: 9 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This past Friday Congress finally passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation includes $65 billion to boost high-speed Internet connectivity – “the largest (federal) investment in broadband deployment ever,” as noted by Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. … Read More

New Treasury Rules: Good News for Community-Driven Broadband Solutions

Date: 2 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released the guidelines governing the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) — a $10 billion pot of money available to states, territories, and Tribal governments to confront the need for improved Internet connectivity exposed during the pandemic.… Read More

A Public Utility District in Washington Pursues Opportunities to Improve Internet Access

Date: 5 Oct 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Following hundreds of requests from community members urging the local Public Utility District (PUD) to address the lack of Internet access in Lewis County, Washington, the Lewis County PUD is answering the call with a proposal to construct an open access countywide fiber-to-the-home network.… Read More

A Community Guide to Federal Funding Opportunities for Broadband

Date: 28 Sep 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This guide consolidates the different funding opportunities made available through various relief packages to assist communities interested in accessing federal funds to expand broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion services.… Read More

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