When Counting Broadband Users, Remember Connected Vehicles

Broadband infrastructure may be the latest public utility connecting homes and businesses, but it’s also foundational to the emergence of “smart roads” and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Much of the discussion around broadband expansion has been focused, appropriately, on connecting large swaths of the nation with no Internet or less-than-stellar infrastructure.

Navajo County (AZ) and eX² Technology Join Forces to Expand Broadband Capacity

Navajo County Board of Supervisors and eX² Technology joined together with Governor Hobbs (D-AZ), community members, elected officials, and local, state, and national leaders to celebrate the official groundbreaking and construction of a more than 100-mile open-access, dark fiber middle-mile network infrastructure to expand broadband throughout Navajo County (AZ). The network will provide Navajo County with the ability to sustain the broadband capacity to support municipal fiber,

NTIA Accepts Arizona’s Digital Equity Plan

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has accepted Arizona’s Digital Equity plan. Using $1,116,110.00 from the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program, Arizona created a plan aimed at addressing disparities in digital access, skills and affordability across the state. 


What's Your State's Digital Equity Plan?

Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Monday, February 12, 2024


Centering Communities in Arizona's Digital Equity Plan

The Arizona Commerce Authority's draft Digital Equity Plan, released in January 2024, represents the culmination of a year-long, statewide collaborative effort, marked by attentive listening to the voices and feedback of communities across the state.

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Talking BEAD, Economic Development and the State’s Middle Mile Network with Arizona’s Broadband Director

“We’re set up to attract, expand, and create new businesses and job opportunities while at the same time be unimpeded by government red tape and mandates,” said Sandip Bhowmick, state broadband director and vice president of infrastructure at Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA). Arizona’s broadband office is housed within the ACA, a unique government organization overseen by a public-private board of directors and chaired by the Arizona governor.

Native nations with scarce internet are building their own broadband networks

On the Hopi Reservation’s more than 1.5 million acres of desert landscape in northeast Arizona, most residents live in villages atop arid mesas. Below ground, there’s a network of copper wires that provides telephone and internet service. In 2004, Hopi Telecommunications bought the company that had installed them, but has been struggling ever since to upgrade the network to broadband speeds. Hopi Telecommunications serves both the Hopi reservation and parts of the surrounding Navajo Nation.

President Biden Announces Over $5 Billion to Support Rural Communities

President Joe Biden announced over $5 billion in new investments from his Investing in America agenda—including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act—to advance rural prosperity, economic development, competition, and sustainability. $274 Million to Expand Critical Rural High-Speed Internet Infrastructure: the Department of Agriculture announced nearly $274 million across 16 grant and loan awards to expand access to high-speed internet for people living and working across eight states.