Municipal Networks

State Broadband Policy Explorer

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state broadband policy explorer lets you learn how states are expanding access to broadband through l

How States Support Broadband Projects

As high-speed, reliable internet access becomes increasingly important in modern life, state leaders are seeking ways to fund projects to expand this vital service.

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: A Proposal to Include Local Community Support in the Auction

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is the most significant rural infrastructure initiative of our time.

Trade groups urge Dept of Energy to fight FCC plan seen as threat to utilities' networks

A coalition of major trade groups has turned attention to the Department of Energy in order to challenge a Federal Communications Commission proposal they say would threaten grid reliability and heighten outage risks.

‘We’re All in This Together’: Gov Northam (D-VA) Commends Co-ops’ Broadband Efforts

Gov Ralph Northam (D-VA) grew up on electric cooperative lines and lauds their record of “reliable and efficient energy service.” But at a historic church surrounded by woods in the state’s rural center, he recognized co-ops’ latest role: broadban

Why national preemption has become a technology policy flash point

Some experts are arguing that digital services by their very nature represent interstate commerce and therefore are best dealt with by Congress.

For Some Iowans, No Internet Choice At Any Cost

While the Federal Communications Commission reports that 90 percent of Iowans have access to advanced broadband, others, including Microsoft, argue that measurement of access is grossly overstated, as only about 30 percent of Iowans actually use b

Visualizing Connectivity in North Carolina

At the beginning of 2019, our Community Broadband Networks team visited North Carolina as part of the Let’s Connect speaking tour.

Becoming Broadband Ready Means Community Innovation and Collaboration

Next Century Cities teamed up with the Internet Society and Neighborly to create the Becoming Broadband Ready toolkit.

For Rural Broadband, Sometimes Cities Must Step In

A few years ago, Tuttle (OK) suddenly found itself without cable or internet service after a local broadband provider went bankrupt, leaving behind unpaid bills to the power company. Like the majority of cities in the US, Tuttle residents accessed