Iowa launches broadband grant program
Gov. Kim Reynolds wanted the three-year program to offer $150 million in grants to ISPs serving rural areas, though lawmakers only plan to offer $100 million.
GOP House members urge funding of FCC's new broadband data collection method
The Broadband DATA Act that was signed into law in March still needs to be funded so the FCC can update its broadband mapping techniques, the members say.
Rural America is in 'desperate need' of broadband infrastructure
Distributing laptops and mobile Wi-Fi hotspots won't be enough to keep rural communities connected as remote work and education continues, officials said.
Vermont, Microsoft partner to expand rural broadband
The state and tech giant are installing mobile hotspots in dozens of rural communities to allow people to connect to the internet under a stay-at-home order.
Can Wi-Fi hotspots bridge the digital divide under coronavirus?
Shelter-in-place orders keeping millions inside their homes will force states to figure out how to keep people without reliable residential internet service connected.
States, local governments ask for 'large-scale' rural internet funding
A letter asking Congress for new broadband support comes after the FCC announced plans to offer billions in incentives to companies that free up wireless spectrum for rural access.
Majority of counties have slower wireless than FCC claims, study shows
The latest internet-speed study from the National Association of Counties presents additional evidence that the FCC's provider-supplied data is unreliable.
In states, concerns with fairness of FCC's rural broadband fund
With a majority the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to be dispersed using unreliable maps, state broadband officials are unsure they'll get their "fair share" of the $20 billion.
Research shows twice as many people lack broadband access as FCC claims
A new report suggests 42 million people in the United States don't have high-speed internet service, double the FCC's own estimate of 21.3 million.