Fiber Optic Project in Jacksonville, Illinois to Help Narrow Digital Divide

Communities across the nation have been taking steps to narrow their digital divide, and in Jacksonville, Illinois, the broadband buildout is beginning. Workers have started the process of building out the $2.5 million project that officials hope will make high-speed internet available to everybody in their city by the end of 2021. The project will…

When Will Congress Reclassify 911 Personnel into First Responder Category?

When an emergency strikes, the first thing you do is call 911. So why are 911 personnel not classified in the first responder category? The first responder category includes professions such as firefighters, police offers, lifeguards, and even parking enforcement workers, so why not the 911 personnel who take the emergency call and are the…

Worcester, Massachusetts Committee Calls for Broadband Task Force

With one-third of households in Worcester, Massachusetts not having broadband and one-fifth not having any internet at all, something needs to be done to narrow the digital divide. The City Council Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee is asking for the establishment of a broadband task force to do just that. The three-member committee is…

Farmers in Rural America Need Broadband to Survive

Closing the digital divide has become a priority to many governments with children now eLearning and many Americans working from home, but this has been an issue for farmers for decades. In a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, experts discussed the economic roadblocks for precision agriculture technology in rural America and the lack…

California Fire Chief Looking to Catch Wildfires Early with Satellite

California wildfires are common and hard to contain, leaving mass destruction, destroying many homes and killing wildlife. Unfortunately, many wildfires are not noticed until it is too late. What if there was a way to detect them as soon as they start? A California Fire Chief is working on a solution that will do just…

CARES Act and Rural Broadband – What COVID Taught Us

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to the shortfalls of our nation, but during this, we have learned those shortfalls when it comes to internet broadband access, especially in the rural areas of our country.  We certainly took for granted our ability to go to school to learn, go to the doctor and go to…

South Carolina School District Helps Expand Telehealth

In today’s world, telehealth has become vitally important with the social distancing requirements. Telehealth has been around for decades, and with growing technology, it has expanded and now used more than ever. Thanks to one South Carolina school district, more families now have access to the services.  A new mobile application has been developed by…

Dayton, Ohio Gets Another Chance at Free Public Internet

In the mid-2000’s, Dayton, Ohio attempted to provide free internet access downtown and expand coverage to the entire city, but unfortunately the infrastructure cost was too much, and technology was just in its early stages. Now, with the help of the CARES Act, Dayton will get another chance. In 2005, Dayton was one of the…

West Virginia Executive Order is Knocking Down Broadband Barriers

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is tired of the deficiencies in reliable internet connectivity and is signing a new executive order to remove barriers. The new executive order will be a game changer investment in broadband. In January, the FCC established a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to offer incentives to private companies to…

New York County Legislature Steps Up to Close the Digital Divide

The digital divide continues to be a hot topic for communities across the nation and one New York county is taking steps to help their residents. Sullivan County, New York has voted to create the Broadband Local Development Corporation (LDC) and hope to have a new speedy, countywide wireless internet network by late 2023 if…

New Mexico Legislature Focuses on Broadband

School is back in session with e-learning and many students in New Mexico do not have access to internet and struggling to complete their courses. New Mexico legislature has now turned their focus to expanding broadband to help close the digital divide. A legislative report was issued last week that outlined the many challenges the…

Delaware Allocates $20 Million in CARES Act Funding to Broadband

As the pandemic continues, communities across the nation continue to search for ways to narrow the digital divide. Many states are using the CARES Act funds to do just that. Recently, Delaware has made the commitment to dedicate $20 million of its CARES Act funding to broadband solutions. Last week, Governor John Carney, CIO James…