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Minnesota moves toward a high speed future

The Minnesota state legislature passed a bill last month creating the Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force, which will develop high speed Internet goals and strategies for the state. Read More »

Tennessee outpaces nation in adoption of high speed Internet

High speed Internet adoption in Tennessee has grown 16 percent in the last six months, twice that of the rest of the nation, which grew on average 8 percent, according to Connected Tennessee. Additionally, 50 percent of Tennesseans now have high speed Internet at home, and 64 percent of the state's businesses are connected, according to a recent study. Six months ago, just 43 percent of Tennessee residents had high speed at home, and 55 percent of businesses were connected, according to the same study. Read More »

Arkansas works towards statewide access

The Broadband Advisory Council and Connect Arkansas were both formed by the Arkansas Legislature, and are working towards statewide high speed Internet access. Representatives from these organizations as well as state government officials, academics and members of the business community recently came together during the fourth annual Breakthrough Solutions Conference in Little Rock. Read More »

West Virginia Internet access bill signed into law

Governor Joe Manchin signed West Virginia's Internet access bill into law on Thursday, April 10th. The legislation creates a broadband development council, provides for mapping high speed Internet services and establishes reporting requirements for state infrastructure, and requires any new service that relies on state money to be at least 600 kilobits per second - three times the FCC's definition of high speed. Read More »

State Rep. Roberta Willis leads the way in Connecticut

State Rep. Roberta Willis wants to get Connecticut up to speed, and after years of witnessing the slow progress of expanding high speed Internet access in her state, Rep. Willis is taking matters into her own hands. Read More »

Washington high speed Internet initiative is approved

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has signed The High Speed Internet Initiative into law. This legislation calls for a strategic plan and specific proposals to expand high speed Internet statewide to be completed by the Washington Department of Information Services in time for the 2009 legislative session. Read More »

New legislation will create a Broadband Deployment Fund in West Virginia.

Thanks to new legislation proposed by Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia is one step closer to their goal of universal high speed Internet by 2010. The legislation, which was passed on Saturday, March 8th, will create a Broadband Deployment Fund and a Broadband Deployment Council in order to extend high speed Internet access to areas of West Virginia that are currently without it. CWA will be represented on the Broadband Deployment Council. Read More »

WA legislature unanimously passes high speed Internet access proposal

The Washington State legislature unanimously passed a bill to increase high speed Internet access across the state on March 12. The proposal -- a combination of bills sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle and Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila -- will create a strategy to achieve high speed Internet access across the state, especially the underserved rural areas. Read More »

Maryland house introduces Public-Private Deployment Initiative

House Bill 1144, introduced by Maryland State Delegates Thomas Hucker and Brian J. Feldman would establish a private-public partnership designed to make high speed Internet available universally in Maryland. The bill would model the partnership after the extremely successful Connect Kentucky initiative. Read More »

NH holds forums for input on statewide high speed Internet access plan

New Hampshire economic development officials are holding a series of open forums, across New Hampshire, to gather information for a "statewide broadband action plan." The Division of Economic Development, with the regional accounting firm Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, have planned five forums seeking public input about the telecommunications infrastructure and the need for a statewide high speed Internet action plan. Read More »

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