Inside one state’s decade-long effort to map broadband availability

Thanks to its detailed data on household internet availability and speed, Colorado has been able to make the most of federal broadband funding opportunities.

Could infrastructure dollars solve the lack of broadband in public housing?

Nearly one million households that live in public housing units do not have access to the internet, according to a new report.

Iowa agency realignment includes tech tweaks

The new law calls for the consolidation of common tech services and makes the Iowa Communications Network a non-cabinet agency.

The barriers to getting more unconnected households online

A federal program meant to connect low-income households to the internet isn’t reaching all the people it is supposed to. Here’s how to change that.

In the face of extreme floods, rural Kentucky lacked forecasting and broadband

As severe weather events increase, so does danger to rural communities. Plans are in place to address the urban observation bias in national weather prediction, but the other piece—reliable broadband—could still be years away for places like Eastern Kentucky.

New HUD playbook guides underserved communities in accessing broadband funding

It seeks to help public housing authorities, multifamily owners and operators, and tribes determine how to spend federal broadband money to close the digital divide.

Why community digital equity discussions should be in person

More than 50 town halls addressing accessibility, affordability, devices and digital skills will help Iowa’s Department of Management ensure that all residents can participate in the digital economy.

Satellite internet can fill broadband gaps

As the price of the technology comes down, low-Earth orbit satellites can complement fiber and wireless in helping close the digital divide, experts said.

Broadband equity means access and adoption, not just infrastructure rollouts

Governments should not just install new infrastructure but ensure residents can take advantage of the access, experts say.

‘Whole nation’ effort needed to build broadband workforce

Federal investment could mean the creation of up to 150,000 broadband-related jobs, but state and local leaders must build robust apprenticeship programs and commit to diversity to make it happen.

More details emerge on NYC free internet pilot

Residents in Section 8 housing in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan will be covered by a wireless mesh network under the program announced by Mayor Eric Adams.

Tribal broadband grants need better metrics

More quantifiable performance goals would help the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program better track internet adoption, GAO said.

States look to speed fiber installation across railroad tracks

Virginia’s legislature wants to cap crossing fees and speed up the review process, but railroad companies say current practices protect safety.

Broadband maps for Indian Country called ‘horrible,’ ‘egregious’ and ‘negligent’

Tribal advocates say the FCC’s maps are symbolic of wider, systemic issues, but help may be on the way via a new Virtual Tribal Broadband Office.

Running fiber-optic cable to rural communities is part of Maine’s ambitious broadband plan

Maine’s governor has pledged that everyone in the state who wants high-speed internet will be able to get it by the end of 2024. In just one small, Down East town, that means installing 60 miles of fiber-optic cable.

Senators press FCC on map that will guide billions in broadband infrastructure funding

State and local officials and others have raised questions about the accuracy of the The Federal Communications Commission map and the process to make corrections to it.

Broadband map challenges underway despite ‘flawed’ process

Filing challenges is onerous and relies too much on crowdsourced data, observers say.