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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 »

PA bill would improve, expand service

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering a bill -- The Consumer Choice Cable Franchising and High-Speed Broadband Promotion Act (HB 1490) -- that would bolster cable competition throughout the commonwealth, lowering prices for consumers and giving them more options for phone, TV, and Internet services. Read More »

WashTech/CWA President Testifies before Washington House on high speed Internet access benefits

On January 15th Marcus Courtney, the president of WashTech/CWA, testified in front of the Washington State House Technology Communications and Energy Committee on the need for and benefits of high speed Internet expansion. HB 2559, currently before the Washington State House, would create a statewide high speed Internet deployment and adoption initiative. During the hearing Mr. Courtney outlined some key CWA goals: fuel the state's economy, create jobs and keep Washington competitive, bridge the digital divide and create opportunity in rural and underserved communities, and improve health, safety and educational opportunities for Washington residents. Read More »

California invests $100 million for two years of high speed deployment

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has allocated $100 million over two years to the new California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), whose goal is to incentivize companies to expand high speed Internet service to un-served, under served, low income and rural areas of California. Companies who apply are required to match a minimum of 60 percent of the funds they are given. Read More »

Governor leads the way to universal high speed access in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick unveiled a plan this week that would invest $25 million into a program dedicated to bringing high speed internet access to underserved parts of the state. Read More »

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