Latest Broadband internet News

Maine senator joins push to boost rural broadband access

Jul. 18, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine senator says a plan to boost innovation and job growth in rural areas by providing money for broadband access would benefit his state, much of which is forested and sparsely populated. Independent Sen. Angus King says he's getting behind the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural...

New York, Charter reach settlement over broadband vows

Jul. 11, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications resolving a dispute over rural broadband. The state's Public Service Commission endorsed the deal Thursday. Under the terms, Charter must follow through on promises to provide broadband to 145,000 upstate...

FCC approves priority window for tribes to expand broadband

Jul. 10, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has approved a priority filing window for tribes to obtain licenses that could boost internet service in rural communities. The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of the filing window for federally recognized tribes. The 2.5 Ghz-band of...

Microsoft strikes next deal to extend broadband in 3 states

Jul. 9, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services announced an agreement Tuesday to extend broadband internet access to underserved rural areas of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois over the next three years. The deal between Microsoft and Lima-based Watch...

Grant program seeks to expand broadband in Michigan

Jul. 7, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan wants to increase broadband in rural areas. The Connecting Michigan Communities grant program is offering $20 million to internet service providers willing to expand access to unserved parts of the state. Providers can apply for up to $5 million per grant and can...

First part of Kentucky broadband project is complete

Jun. 28, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials have announced that the first part of a project to install more than 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable around Kentucky to build a high-speed internet network across the state is complete. News outlets report Gov. Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced completion of the...

FCC proposal could boost broadband internet on tribal lands

Jun. 24, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has proposed giving rural Native American tribes a priority filing window for licenses that could expand internet access on their land. The FCC has been working to revamp the way it issues licenses for the 2.5 GHz-band Educational Broadband...

Vermont governor signs bill aimed at expanding broadband

Jun. 20, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Thursday aimed at getting broadband to all rural areas of the state. The legislation supports community efforts to design and build broadband networks, like EC Fiber, a nonprofit, community owned fiber-optic network...

FCC wants to fix maps that now overstate broadband coverage

Jun. 12, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

U.S. telecom regulators are trying to fix faulty maps that don't reflect which Americans have access to high-speed internet. Lawmakers and public-interest groups have lambasted the Federal Communications Commission for inaccurate maps that overstate coverage and hinder government efforts to subsidize internet...

Cell tower project underway on Wisconsin tribe's reservation

Jun. 2, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

RED CLIFF, Wis. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Wisconsin is starting construction on a cell tower that's part of a multibillion-dollar effort to build a nationwide public safety broadband network to improve emergency communications. The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa broke ground on the...