The Federal Communications Commission seems to think they’re part of the solution.
“My guess is they just ran out of time and patience for the process to play out,” said one local government advocate.
Some of the communities selected will be able to begin building within a matter of months.
While a federal committee struggles to reach consensus on a state broadband framework, the National League of Cities created its own, stressing local needs.
Local government representatives worry a new code will let wireless providers preempt localities.
Both Democrats and Republicans at a congressional hearing agreed that gaps in coverage are a problem. “We’ve got to kick somebody’s ass, truthfully,” said Sen. Jon Tester.
Rising sea levels could threaten internet access for millions of people, according to a recent study.
Mayor Joe Hogsett welcomed the increased connectivity for residents, but just where it will occur hasn’t been made public.
A data-collection partnership will identify service shortcomings.
The city wanted a deal that improves service in overlooked areas.
Digital redlining denies as many city residents access to the internet as it does rural Americans in some states, an advocacy group says.
This National Digital Inclusion Alliance report isn’t something the local Chamber of Commerce is likely going to put in promotional materials.
On issues ranging from sanctuary cities to telecommunications, activists are betting big on the Supreme Court’s sports gambling decision.
Broadband accessibility advocates worry a bill working its way through the Senate might “water down” the FCC’s minimum speed standard.
“[W]e can get to good deals for both sides without circumventing local authority,” according to Shireen Santosham, the city’s chief innovation officer.
“My hope is in the next 24 months, we’re going to eradicate this rural broadband issue,” James Collins, state chief information officer, told Route Fifty.
City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.
From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.
The news may come late to dial-up country, but it will be something to celebrate.
Doing so could open the door for more local governments to fund and install infrastructure for private retail networks that reach underserved neighborhoods.
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