How Counties Are Addressing Their Digital Divides

Maricopa County, Arizona is fast-tracking 5G deployment, while Wise County, Texas wants to partner with providers on “middle mile” projects.

Finding the Flaws in the Federal Broadband Maps

Frustrated with the FCC maps, the National Association of Counties and other federal agencies are looking to figure out which communities lack broadband access.

Agriculture Secretary Optimistic States Will Recover From Trade War

Sonny Perdue also called FCC broadband coverage maps “fake news,” saying his agency wants to get more accurate information from states.

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas.

Mayors Eye Two-Pronged Attack on FCC’s Preemptive 5G Order

The latest effort is a new bill in Congress that would overturn the agency on its rule that strictly limits how much local governments can charge providers and how long officials can take to process applications.

Can You Hear Me Now? In Quest for Federal Money, States Debunk Providers’ Coverage Claims

Rural states, from Kansas to Vermont, are challenging the contentions of cell phone providers that residents have access to high-speed mobile broadband in a bid to be eligible for federal funding.

Will the FCC’s Small Cell Order Hinder 5G Deployment?

If cities are to be 5G hubs and close their digital divides, they should be freed up to build out networks, policy experts argued Tuesday.

State Laws Slow Down High-Speed Internet for Rural America

Several states inhibit the ability of electric cooperatives to roll out broadband service.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

FCC’s Mobile Coverage Maps Leave Industry, Lawmakers Worried for Rural America

$4.53 billion in federal funds are in limbo, while some are wondering if another $10 billion is needed to get Next Generation 9-1-1 off the ground in outlying areas.

Pennsylvania’s Broadband Challenges Are Worse Than Thought

Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.

Verizon Extending Fiber Network to Every Boston Neighborhood

The move will pave the way for an unscheduled 5G rollout, though the telecom giant was mum on any city concessions in the new agreement.

Piloting Internet Paid for in Cryptocurrency

Proponents say incentivized mesh networks offer cheaper, faster service stood up by local entrepreneurs, civic hackers or homeowners associations.

Public Access Channels Threatened Under FCC Proposal, Advocates Say

Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.

Connecting People Without Internet Access In Silicon Valley

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Shireen Santosham and Team, Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation & City Manager’s Office of Civic Innovation & Digital Strategy, City of San José, California

Federal and State Officials Criticize Wireless Outages After Hurricane Michael

A consumer advocacy group said regulators are also to blame for the delay in getting service back up. Wireless carriers countered that they’ve restored service as quickly as possible.

Congress, More Than a Dozen States Consider Legislation to Expand Broadband Access

Most efforts aimed at increasing spending, streamlining regulations.

Wash. Gov. Inslee: ‘We Will Be Ready’ If Feds Come After State’s Net Neutrality Law

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Senators, Providers Criticize ‘Unpredictable’ FCC Funding for Rural Broadband

“Cutting [Universal Service Fund] support cuts the legs out of the business case for rural broadband in many places,” said one telecom CEO.