In Omnibus Bill, Congress Delivers $600M for Rural Broadband

The news may come late to dial-up country, but it will be something to celebrate.

FCC Ditches 2 Federal Reviews in 5G 'Streamlining'

Only states and localities with their own historic preservation and environmental review processes will be able to mandate them.

Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows

“This seems to be the beginning of a return to population dispersal after a decade or so of clustering into cities and the biggest metropolitan areas,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution

Use Trump’s Infrastructure Package to Fix Our Past Infrastructure Sins

COMMENTARY | Manhattan Institute’s Michael Hendrix hopes we’ll not only look to the new, but consider taking down the old to “reknit” our urban fabric.

Carson Says 'Opportunity Zones' Could Serve as CDBG Substitute

"I suspect we may be asking ourselves: 'How can we use all this money?'" Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said as he touted the program, created in last year's tax overhaul.

What Trump-era Economic Policies Mean to the Mayor of U.S. Steel’s Hometown

Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke with Route Fifty about the what she dislikes and likes about the tax overhaul, steel tariffs and education, as well as being sued for being a “welcoming city.”

State-Local Collaboration Needed Ahead of Opportunity Zone Deadline

While the impact of opportunity zones could be huge for low-income areas, the time is very short for states trying to figure out which areas to nominate.

Internet for All: Principles for Building Constituent-First Municipal Broadband Networks

COMMENTARY | The way to fight for equity in broadband access leads through municipally-owned networks that follow key principles, according to Neighborly’s Garrett Brinker.

Why Cities Should Jump at the Chance to Add Cell Towers to Streetlights

COMMENTARY | In a contributed piece, the authors suggest compromises and efficiencies to ensure cities do not get left behind in the 5G revolution.

Trump Administration Mum on Nationalizing 5G

The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.

Struggling Mill Town Hopes for Aquaculture-Fueled Recovery

America’s increasing appetite for salmon could give Bucksport, Maine a much-needed economic boost.

5G Faceoff on Capitol Hill

Localities want more of a say in broadband policymaking. The U.S. wireless industry wants to win its race with China.

Cities Join the Branding Bonanza

The nation’s cities are among the many brands trying to promote themselves to innovators at SXSW.

Axing State Corporate Taxes Is Good Policy

ANALYSIS | New Jersey’s former state comptroller and budget director asks: Is there an easier and more equitable way to tax business?

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.

As Trump Moves to Erect Trade Barriers, ‘Foreign Trade Zones’ Aim to Take Them Down

There’s little research on whether foreign trade zones help or hurt the economy, or encourage companies to employ more workers than they otherwise would.

A Small Town Kept Walmart Out. Now It Faces Amazon.

How can local businesses compete with a company so local it lets people shop from their couches?

Trump’s Trade War Could Stall Kentucky’s Bourbon-Fueled Boom

An international tit-for-tat could have consequences for Kentucky and other regional economies.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeopardizes His State’s Business-Friendly Reputation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan county surrenders to potholes; Chicago closes sexual harassment ordinance loophole; and a public records blowback continues in Washington state.