Hearing examines human side of telecom bills

While equitable broadband access was a recurring point of discussion during the hearing, several witnesses discussed the critical role broadband plays in public health and safety.

Biden administration official offers tips for tapping broadband funds

Andy Berke, a senior broadband advisor, spoke to state and local officials about $45 billion in pending federal money to expand high-speed internet service.

NYC rips out last pay phones

The last public pay phone in New York City was removed as the city makes way for LinkNYC kiosks that offer free nationwide calling, Wi-Fi, charging ports, 911 access and more.

Biden administration launches new component to internet expansion

The Internet for All program utilizes funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to deploy internet connectivity nationwide.

Biden administration releases $45B for broadband to states

Guidance for the infrastructure program says states must make affordable broadband available to the middle class, too, and cannot exclude cities from being considered for the funding.

Internet service essentially free for millions under new Biden program

With a discount already in place, 20 companies have agreed to offer service for $30 a month. Advocacy groups are hoping states will adopt similar pricing requirements. 

Lawmakers request agency support in broadband rollouts

Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to help make good on broadband development with Bipartisan Infrastructure funding.

Bridging the digital divide with American Rescue Plan Act funding

One year after ARPA was signed, states, cities and counties are making meaningful progress to expand broadband access.

How states can streamline broadband grant administration

A new playbook aims to help states understand their broadband needs, determine which projects deserve priority and design and run a successful state grant program.

Biden's municipal broadband push clashes with state restrictions

The new infrastructure law says states can't exclude municipalities from broadband funds. But many block localities from operating internet networks. Will the Biden administration try to strongarm states into changing their policies?

Commerce gives over $277 million in grants to build out broadband

Millions were dispersed across 12 states and territories to develop stronger internet infrastructure, a key mission in the Biden administration agenda.

This state plans to invest $68M in highway-centric broadband program

Arizona's expansion of the middle-mile network will make it easier to extend high-speed access to communities along the interstates.

Philadelphia launches digital equity plan

The five-year plan describes how the city will address affordability of broadband and devices and tackle the fundamental issues that contribute to the digital divide: barriers of language, race, limited digital literacy skills and disabilities.

The looming battle over how to set ‘low cost’ broadband prices

States are gaining access to over $42 billion to expand high-speed internet service. But there are sharp disagreements over how to interpret a requirement for affordable pricing.

Tribal broadband effort gets $1.5 million federal investment

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued another round of funding for indigenous communities with poor broadband infrastructure.

State efforts to close the K-12 digital divide may come up short

Mobile hot spots, free internet subscriptions and digital literacy courses do not permanently address problems as complex as the digital divide.

Network upgrades support heath care growth in rural Iowa

A redundant 10G closed network infrastructure allows state health care workers to transport data to and from hospitals, clinics and outside partners.