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NY lawmakers to look at expanding access to rural broadband

Sep. 16, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York state lawmakers are gathering in Albany to look at ways to expand access to broadband internet access in rural and remote parts of the state. The Legislature's Joint Commission on Rural Resources and the Assembly Standing Committee on Local Governments plan to meet...

Southern Vermont town officials consider broadband district

Sep. 15, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Town officials across southern Vermont are considering a communications union district as a way to provide broadband service to underserved areas. Vermont Public Radio reports that such a district allows towns to join together in a legal entity that can plan and finance broadband...

Report challenges internet providers' advertised speeds

Aug. 31, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Slow internet speed in rural areas does more than stop farmers from buying Netflix subscriptions, and it could be robbing their communities of a chance at financial success. It also has sweeping implications for how people in those areas communicate with their doctors, complete...

Maryland to invest nearly $10M in rural broadband expansion

Aug. 20, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The state of Maryland is making available nearly $10 million for efforts to bring reliable and affordable internet service to residents of rural communities. Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Monday that the $9.9 million will be the first installment of a five-year, $100 million...

Initiatives discussed to improve rural broadband

Aug. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MINERAL, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia are discussing ways to improve reliable internet service in rural areas. The Daily Progress reports that U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger hosted a Rural Broadband Summit on Saturday at Louisa County High School in Mineral, Virginia, to discuss initiatives to bring...

FCC awards $2.5M to bring broadband to San Juan County

Aug. 12, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rural and underserved communities in northern New Mexico will have access to internet service thanks to federal dollars. The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that it has approved nearly $2.6 million to bring broadband to more than 500 homes and businesses in San...

State hopes to generate more rural broadband through grants

Aug. 11, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is hoping to generate more efforts to get broadband to underserved rural areas with a grant program to help pay groups for feasibility studies and to create business plans. Republican Gov. Phil Scott and the state Public Service Department announced the first of...

Rural broadband kick-start bill clears NC legislative panel

Aug. 7, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawmakers have taken their first substantive step this year in an effort to expand broadband to small-town and rural North Carolina through partnerships between local governments and internet providers. A House committee voted Wednesday for the measure, which would allow 70 counties,...

Arkansas governor proposes $25M program for rural broadband

Aug. 6, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor is asking lawmakers to approve $25 million for a new state grant program aimed at increasing access to high-speed internet in rural areas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the creation of the new Arkansas Rural Connect program, which will provide grants...

Arkansas farmers offered federal funds for internet access

Aug. 5, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — More than $600 million in federal funds are available to expand rural internet coverage, money the U.S. Department of Agriculture said could help narrow the state's digital divide. Steve Mosher, the area director for USDA Rural Development, identified broadband access as one of the...