Washington State Removes All Barriers to Municipal Broadband

Date: 14 May 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, following weeks of anticipation, State Gov. Jay Islee signed the Public Broadband Act (H.B. 1336), removing all restrictions on public broadband in the state of Washington, according to the bill’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Drew Hansen. This critical leap forward in Washington drops the number of states with laws restricting community broadband to 17. … 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

Maine Asks Voters About New Funding for Internet Infrastructure

Date: 16 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In less than a month Maine will hold a Special Referendum election which includes a measure with significant ramifications for Internet access in the state. On July 14, Mainers will be asked to vote Yes or No on Question 1, a $15 million Internet Infrastructure Bond Issue designed to bring high-speed service to the approximately 85,000 households in unserved or underserved areas. The $15 million in general obligation bonds would join $30 million in matching federal, private, and local funds and go to ConnectME to provide funding for broadband projects with an emphasis on unserved or underserved areas.… Read More

Colorado’s Anti-Community Broadband Law: A Decade and a Half Later

Date: 16 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s been 15 years since Colorado passed SB 152, the state law intended to restrict communities from building and managing their own broadband networks In this episode Christopher talks to Ken Fellman and Geoff Wilson. They describe how monopoly Internet providers used legislative allies to introduce the anti-local authority bill aimed at protecting their profits.… Read More

Ohio Legislators are Ready for Rural High-Speed Internet

Date: 21 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the many states where legislators introduced broadband bills in 2018 was Ohio, where HB 378 appeared to offer a promising answer to funding rural broadband deployment. The bill obtained bipartisan support as it passed through several committees, but prior to the legislature’s summer break, enthusiasm cooled.… Read More

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill Supporting Waste Incineration

Date: 19 Jul 2018 | posted in: waste - anti-incineration, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within weeks of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo coming out against waste incineration in the Finger Lakes region, New Hampshire’s Governor Sununu vetoed a bill that would have provided more subsidies to the state’s six biomass incinerators, saving rate payers over $100 million over the next three years.… Read More