CAPITO, SCHATZ, MORAN, TESTER INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE ACCURACY OF BROADBAND COVERAGE MAPS

The following press release was issued on Sen. Shelley Capito’s website on May 16, 2019  Bipartisan legislation would lead to more granular mapping, help close digital divide in rural America WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Brian Schatz (D- Hawai‘i), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)—all members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee—today introduced the Broadband Data …

Arkansas Governor Releases State Broadband Plan, Goal for Rural Connectivity in Four Years

The following release was issued on Gov. Hutchinson’s website on May 15, 2019  25 Mbps/3 Mbps broadband to all population centers over 500 by 2022 LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, which sets a goal to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022. The high-speed broadband would have …

The Last Mile Solution

How two ranchers became the top internet providers of their small town by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation UPDATE (November 8, 2019):  HC Wireless recently connected its 500th customer. The company also is now installing two towers in Blanco, Texas so the McCulloughs can start taking care of that market. Johnson City, TX (May 16, 2019) – Ginger and …

UPDATE: List of States Funding Rural Broadband Gets Even Longer

by Jessica Denson Director of Communications, Connected Nation Bowing Green, KY (May 14, 2019) – Earlier this month, Connected Nation took a closer look at the action states are taking to expand rural broadband access. Many state lawmakers are choosing to move forward now rather than wait for federal funding. Less than two weeks later, we can add nearly another …

Arizona Congressman Joins Task Force on Rural Broadband

Editor’s Note: May 13-20 is the 7th annual Infrastructure Week. America’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today and that includes expanding broadband access. So let’s #BuildForTomorrow. To learn more about this week, click here. The following press release was issued by O’Halleran’s office on May 13, 2019 Click here to see the original release. WASHINGTON— Today, at the …

Rural Broadband Closer to Becoming Reality in Missouri

The following was published by usagnet on May 14, 2019 by Eric Bohl, Missouri Farm Bureau The Missouri Legislature has taken another step toward making broadband internet accessible to all Missourians. In early May, the legislature finalized the annual state budget, which included a $5 million appropriation for the newly-created Rural Broadband Development Fund. Governor Parson supports improved broadband access …

State Funding in Washington for Rural Broadband a ‘Start,’ County Leaders Say

Editor’s Note: May 13-20 is the 7th annual Infrastructure Week. America’s future will be shaped by the infrastructure choices we make today and that includes expanding broadband access. So let’s #BuildForTomorrow. To learn more about this week, click here. The following was published in the Daily Chronicle on May 10, 2019 by Alex Brown  The $21.5 million in Washington state’s construction budget …

North Carolina awards $9.8M in grants to boost rural Internet speeds

Published by WRAL TechWire on May 8, 2019 RALEIGH – North Carolina is looking to boost Internet speeds in 19 rural counties with nearly $10 million in matching grants. The grants are to assist 14 companies improve broadband for some 10,000 households plus almost 600 businesses and community institutions. Fourteen companies will receive the grants, 11 of them being based …

Opinion: Every Citizen in Alabama Deserve High-speed Broadband

Editor’s Note: The Alabama House passed HB 400 on May 6 which is focused on expanding broadband to rural communities. Connected Nation agrees with Sen. Del Marsh  that “every citizen in Alabama deserves high-speed broadband” but we would change that wording slightly to read that every citizen in America deserves access. The following opinion piece was published by the Alabama Political …

Klobuchar, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure the Economic Impact of Broadband

The following press release was issued by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on May 2, 2019  Contacts: Elana Ross (Klobuchar), 202-430-7973 Tyler Hernandez (Capito), 202-224-6472 Accurate, reliable data on the economic impact of broadband is a valuable tool for policymakers and business leaders; Many research institutions, state broadband offices, and trade associations have highlighted the need …