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Tribal Communities Create Own Broadband Networks

Access to quality internet connectivity in many tribal and rural communities lags far behind other regions.

January 18, 2024 - Stateline

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Federal Program Funds Broadband in Underserved Areas

The program supports efforts to improve internet connectivity in remote and rural areas.

June 27, 2023 - The Mercury News

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Biden Administration Targets Rural Infrastructure Investments

The federal government is directing billions from the infrastructure package to areas outside of major cities.

April 18, 2022 - Route Fifty

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Making Broadband Investments Count

As connectivity becomes increasingly important to everyday life, policymakers at all levels can take action to streamline broadband infrastructure projects and improve internet access for all communities.

April 7, 2022 - Fortune

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Housing Providers Build Bridges Over the Digital Divide

Internet connectivity has become as important as basic utilities, but millions of people who live in affordable housing still lack access to devices and connections. Housing managers are finding innovative ways to fix that.

April 7, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Michigan Bill To Inject Nearly $5 Billion in Infrastructure, Housing

A bill signed by the state's governor, Gretchen Whitmer, allocates billions in federal and state funding to water quality, roads and dams, broadband, and other infrastructure projects.

April 1, 2022 - Detroit Free Press

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The Built Environment in 2022: Challenges and Opportunities

As climate change, the pandemic, and a historic housing crisis continue to impact the nation, experts weigh in on the issues that could shape the future of the built environment in 2022.

January 13, 2022 - Brookings

Internet Cables

Broadband as Critical Transportation Infrastructure

The future of mobility depends on having a comprehensive, nationwide broadband network capable of supporting new transportation technologies and regulatory needs.

January 5, 2022 - Forbes

Capitol Hill

Senate Democrats Consider $6 Trillion Infrastructure Package

In contrast to the $1.2 trillion Senate bipartisan infrastructure proposal, Senate Democrats are discussing a massive package that is more of a budget resolution than an infrastructure bill, designed to pass with 51 votes on reconciliation.

June 21, 2021 - Roll Call

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Lessons from the Pandemic: Housing, Retail, Broadband

Second in a series of conversations about what comes next in local government policies and processes, this time between Geoff Koski and Ben Brown on housing, retail, and broadband

May 12, 2020 - PlaceShakers

Internet Infrastructure

Private Telcos More Expensive Than Municipal Broadband 85% of the Time

A Harvard study found that, in 27 communities and cities with both private and city owned internet, the municipal broadband was almost always cheaper.

January 18, 2018 - Boing Boing

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5G Broadband Coming in 2018, Says Verizon

The telecommunications company will debut the next-generation technology in three to five cities next year, including Sacramento.

December 15, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

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Mapping the Gap Between Broadband Access and Broadband Subscription

Not everyone that has access to high-quality Internet infrastructure is making use of it.

September 25, 2017 - Brookings

Fiber Optic Cable

Most Americans Say Cities Should be Able to Build Their Own Broadband Networks

It's illegal for local governments to build broadband service in 20 states, and such legislation is spreading.

April 14, 2017 - The Verge

Technology and Robust Economies Drive Rural Town Revival

Population loss has been a fact of life for many of the United States' rural towns for decades. But if the experiences of rural towns across Minnesota are any indication, manufacturing, farming, and technology may generate a widespread rural revival.

December 3, 2013 - Star Tribune

L.A.'s Next Superhighway

Could Los Angeles get a private company to spend $3 billion to $5 billion to connect every residence and business in the city to a fiber broadband network? City leaders seem to think so, and are planning to move forward with an RFP.

November 6, 2013 - Ars Technica

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The World's 10 Best Connected Cities

A new report out this week has ranked the Top 10 "Internet Cities" around the globe, based on a set of five criteria: connection speed, availability of citywide WiFi, openness to innovation, support of public data, and security/data privacy.

August 27, 2013 - Future Cities

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With Broadband Access Improved, Tougher Challenge is Getting Americans to Use It

Though the Obama administration poured billions of dollars into expanding broadband access across America (98 percent of homes now have access), reducing digital inequality has been a far greater challenge.

August 22, 2013 - The New York Times

Feds Favor Widespread WiFi; Wireless Industry Fights Plan

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would like to create free public 'super' WiFi networks across the nation, reports Cecilia Kang. The $178 billion wireless industry is fighting the initiative.

February 5, 2013 - The Washington Post

How to Unlock America's Bottom-Up Innovation

Thomas Friedman uses Chattanooga, Tenn. as an example of the "innovative thrust building, bottom-up, in the U.S. economy today." In an opinion piece for the Times, he urges leaders in Washington to help unlock America's embryonic growth surge.

November 27, 2012 - Jonathan Nettler

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