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FCC Chairman Pai tours Wyoming reservation broadband project

Feb. 14, 2020 12:04 PM EST

ETHETE, Wyo. (AP) — A top federal official toured Wyoming's Wind River Reservation to look at efforts to improve internet access for tribal members. The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes share the reservation. The Federal Communications Commission in 2019 announced a $4.1 million grant to boost...

Projects to improve broadband internet planned in Tennessee

Feb. 14, 2020 5:05 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9 million on high-speed broadband internet projects in 10 rural Tennessee counties. USDA officials said in a statement Thursday that the broadband projects will create or improve high speed internet connectivity in more than 3,700...

Kansans struggle without high-speed internet

Feb. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EST

COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. (AP) — The internet service was so bad at Citizens State Bank in Cottonwood Falls that its computers could hardly handle a routine update from Microsoft. So not too long ago, bank vice president Matt Lindamood loaded up the PCs and drove them over to Emporia, 30 minutes away. There,...

Rural Missouri gets millions for broadband internet access

Feb. 12, 2020 12:56 PM EST

ROLLA, Mo. (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $60 million in grants and low-interest loans to Missouri as part of a program to increase broadband internet access in rural areas. KWMU reports that six businesses are receiving the grants to install fiber optic internet lines that will...

Booming New Mexico oilfield to get high-speed internet soon

Feb. 12, 2020 12:15 AM EST

JAL, N.M. (AP) — Businesses and residents in the southern end of a southeast New Mexico county likely will have high-speed internet by the end of the year. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the New Mexico Department of Information Technology on Monday announced a new public-private partnership expected to build...

USDA invests $55M for broadband in Kentucky, Tennessee

Jan. 30, 2020 4:49 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $55.3 million in four high-speed broadband projects that will benefit rural residents of Kentucky and Tennessee. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced the funding Wednesday in a statement,...

New push for expanded high-speed internet in rural Maine

Jan. 29, 2020 12:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine ranks last in New England in access to high-speed internet, but a new push from state and federal leaders seeks to change that. A proposal before the Maine Legislature would provide $15 million to ConnectME Authority, which seeks to bring broadband to more households in the...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces 30 new Border-to-Border broadband grants during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. The grants will provide access to reliable, high speed internet to more Minnesotans in underserved and unserved areas of the state. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Walz announces $23M for expanding rural broadband statewide

Jan. 21, 2020 5:56 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is awarding more than $23 million in grants to 30 projects throughout the state to help bring high-quality broadband access to underserved and unserved parts of the state, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday. “Fast, reliable broadband access is a critical economic...

Funding announced for broadband expansion in West Virginia

Jan. 21, 2020 9:10 AM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A project to expand rural broadband in five north-central West Virginia counties will get $18.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials announced. The $25 million project will connect more than 6,000 households in Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Barbour, and Upshur...

Mills, Democrats unveil health care bill as lawmakers return

Jan. 8, 2020 10:31 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills and Democratic legislative leaders unveiled a health care proposal Wednesday aimed at reducing costs for primary care visits and combining markets to lower health care costs as lawmakers returned to work. The bill would let Maine manage parts of the exchange under the...