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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...

FCC announces $7 million more in rural internet funding

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas. The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that the funds will provide broadband access to nearly 4,000 more...

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...

Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations

Jul. 2, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials. On June 22, attackers shot and killed the Amhara governor and two other officials. On the same night in Addis Ababa, the country's army...

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...