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Federal agency to give $12M for Wyoming broadband expansion

Oct. 13, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to provide $12.1 million to expand broadband coverage to rural parts of Wyoming over the next decade. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported three companies are expected to receive funds to extend service to more than 4,700 Wyoming homes...

Rural broadband spending measure heading to NC governor

Oct. 8, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another spending proposal that contains another small portion of the North Carolina state budget bill idled since Gov. Roy Cooper's veto is now heading to his desk. The House gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a measure which expands a recently created matching grant program...

Court: FCC can dump net neutrality, but can't bar state laws

Oct. 1, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has cleared the way for state and local governments to bar internet providers from favoring some services over others, even as the court affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's right to dump national rules. Even so, legal experts say state and local efforts will...

Ohio weighs opening highway corridors to broadband projects

Sep. 28, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — About 1 million Ohioans, mostly in Appalachia, lack high-speed internet service and the state's highway corridors may hold the key to addressing the stubborn problem, a report released Wednesday concluded. A fact-finding effort by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's administration...

Can a new space race connect the world to the internet?

Sep. 23, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a 21st century space race: Amazon, SpaceX and others are competing to get into orbit and provide internet to the Earth's most remote places. And like the last century's battle for space supremacy that was triggered by the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik 1, this one involves...

In rural Georgia, access to broadband worse than data showed

Sep. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A mapping program is finding that rural broadband access in Georgia is worse than federal officials first thought. Lawmakers are trying to find ways of bringing more broadband service to rural areas — and they need to know the extent of the problem. However, lawmakers have only had...

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...

Internet, digital society conference coming to Detroit

Sep. 8, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Barriers and opportunities to access to arts, culture, mobility, urban space and the new economy will be discussed during an internet and digital society conference in Detroit. Organizers say the re:publica Sequencer Tour will be held Sept. 27-28. The conference also will explore ways in...

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...