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Vermont broadband board offers $116M in construction grants

Jan. 20, 2022 14:13 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Community Broadband Board is launching a $116 million construction grant program, the board said Thursday. Starting this spring, communications union districts and other eligible providers will be able use the grants to help to accelerate...

New Mexico governor hears from mayors about spending needs

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With billions of federal dollars heading to New Mexico for infrastructure projects, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that rural areas can’t be left behind. The governor made the comment during a virtual summit attended by more than 200 municipal...

Maine broadband authority has its first leader

Jan. 09, 2022 08:46 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An advocate for improved internet access will serve as the first president of a Maine authority tasked with improving high-speed broadband in the state. Maine Gov. Janet Mills swore Andrew Butcher in as the first president of the Maine Connectivity Authority...

Think tank blasts Hamilton County's purchase of farmland

Dec. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — As Hamilton County government prepares its biggest land purchase in decades for a new industrial park, a conservative think tank in Nashville is blasting the move as “a horrible policy” that will allow only about a third of the property to be developed for new...

NH Electric Cooperative enters into broadband partnership

Dec. 16, 2021 11:06 AM EST

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative has entered into a partnership with a rural broadband solutions provider to deliver high-speed internet to the utility's members in its 118 communities that don't have it. The company, Conexon, works exclusively with...

New Mexico Senate passes broadband, highway spending bill

Dec. 14, 2021 19:36 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate voted Friday in favor of a spending plan for $478 million in federal pandemic relief to expand highways, internet infrastructure, electric vehicles and oil field cleanup efforts. Included in the bill is $133 million in spending on...

Lawmakers advance plan to boost broadband internet expansion

Dec. 13, 2021 17:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House voted unanimously Wednesday to set up a governmental body to develop a statewide plan for broadband internet funding and expansion into unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania. The bill, which was sent to the Senate, would set up the...

Vermont broadband group to have 2k miles of fiber for 2022

Dec. 13, 2021 15:48 PM EST

A group working to expand broadband internet services across rural Vermont says there will be at least 2,000 miles (over 3,200 kilometers) of fiber optic cable ready for installation during the 2022 construction season. Christine Hallquist, executive director the Vermont Community...

Pandemic relief spending bill passes in New Mexico House

Dec. 10, 2021 20:44 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House on Friday passed a bill for funneling federal pandemic relief funding to improve broadband internet improvement projects and the state's road infrastructure after a committee added more spending items to the bill. An amendment put in the...

Cherokee County to expand broadband to 1,500 homes

Dec. 09, 2021 12:56 PM EST

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county is partnering with a telecommunications company to expand broadband access to nearly 1,500 homes and small businesses in rural areas. Cherokee County will invest $3 million in the expansion effort, with Charter Communications funding the...