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Gila River Indian Community awarded $4.4 million to expand broadband

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens.... Read more»

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Affordable broadband program making a dent in the digital divide

More than 10 million low-income households have lower internet costs thanks to the Broadband Affordability Program - part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal - which gives qualifying households up to $30 off their monthly internet bill and up to $75 if they live on tribal lands. ... Read more»

Vicious circle: Tribal broadband program hindered by lack of broadband

The federal government’s effort to fund expanded broadband infrastructure in Indian Country overlooked a fundamental issue, advocates say - many tribes did not have the broadband access needed to apply for the funding that would let them improve broadband access.... Read more»

Free Wi-Fi headed to Phoenix school districts to help end digital divide

An initiative funded by the 2020 CARES Act will help Phoenix schools bridge the digital divide by creating the Phoenix Digital Education Connection Canopy, a broadband network designed to provide free Wi-Fi to 250,000 families who have students in 13 Phoenix districts.... Read more»

The affordability gap is the biggest part of the digital divide

High-speed internet at home is a necessity for American families - however, 28.2 million U.S. households lack what has become a basic need, and issues around broadband affordability disproportionately affect low-income, Black, and Latinx communities. ... Read more»

Massive cash flow sparks state spending sprees

Many states ended fiscal 2021 this summer with the largest surpluses in their history, thanks to surging state revenues, investment income and federal COVID-19 aid, and state lawmakers nationwide say they’ll be able to invest in longtime priorities next session.... Read more»

Analysis

Trillions in infrastructure spending could mean hundreds of billions in fraud

The U.S. government may be on the verge of spending as much as US$4.5 trillion in what could be one of the biggest investments in infrastructure and the social safety net in decades – but some of the money will undoubtedly be lost to fraud.... Read more»

Infrastructure bill falters again with doomed vote in Senate

After weeks of negotiations between the White House and Senate on President Joe Biden's proposal to beef up U.S. infrastructure, a test vote gauging willingness to debate the $1 trillion package failed. ... Read more»

FCC grants no-cost broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes

The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes in what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.”... Read more»

Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access. ... Read more»

Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas 'in jeopardy,' lawmakers told

The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

Latin American nations push digital connectivity

Google is building an Internet data center and mobile providers are rolling out 4G networks, but that’s not all that’s in store for Latin America. ... Read more»

Internet

Broadband adoption: Poverty stretches the digital divide

Broadband subscribership in rural states, particularly in the West, increased at a rapid clip between 2008 and 2010. Arizona ranks 16th in households with high-speed connections to the Internet. But poor areas across the nation, including in Tucson, still lag in families with online access.... Read more»

LightSquared

FCC sends wireless broadband firm back to square one

The FCC halted LightSquared's operations due to its planned network's potential to interfere with millions of GPS devices. The FCC described its decision as a setback for competition in the wireless market. It is also a huge blow for investor Philip Falcone, a major donor to President Obama,... Read more»

Navajo president wants leeway on coal-fired plant rules

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly told a Senate committee Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency “ignores reality” by insisting on the most-advanced pollution control technology to update coal-fired power plants.... Read more»

Broadband pitted against GPS

Obama administration technology experts were slow to recognize potential threats to government aviation and defense communications posed by wireless firm LightSquared’s plans for a national broadband network, White House emails records show. ... Read more»

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