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

Chattanooga Uses Municipal Network to Give Students Free Internet Connections

Date: 30 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday in an announcement via livestream, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamilton County Schools, and the fiber arm of municipal utility Electric Power Board (EPB) announced a partnership to provide free Internet access and hardware to the 17,700 homes with school children on free or reduced lunch programs in the county.… Read More

The DIGITAL Reservations Act: A Practical Answer to Tribal Connectivity Today

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the DIGITAL Reservations Act, a bill which ends the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) practice of selling wireless spectrum rights on the lands of Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and grants ownership, management, and governance of all spectrum to those groups in perpetuity.… Read More

Google Fiber Comes to Iowa, Drawn by Community Broadband Infrastructure

Date: 17 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of West Des Moines, Iowa, announced an innovative public-private partnership with Google Fiber to bring gigabit Internet to all 67,000 of its citizens. The city will build conduit connecting every home and business, available for use by different providers. Google Fiber will be the first, laying and maintaining its own fiber once the city’s construction is complete.… Read More

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