Broadband Expansion

Albany FreeNet

Albany is conducting a public survey to evaluate its broadband options.

 

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Cable's pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court.

Albany FreeNet

The City of Albany is initiating a study to look into the challenges and opportunities of expanding broadband service.

Remember net neutrality?

Right, it's that brain-flexing term that refers to the idea that phone and cable companies should treat all of the traffic on their networks equally. No blocking or slowing their competitors, and no fast lanes for companies that can pay more.

In fact, the term itself was so nerdy that it's been "re-branded" as Open Internet.

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Broadband internet is about to get a big boost in parts of central New York.   It's a private initiative, apart from the state’s expansion plan.

Yearning For FiOS

Aug 13, 2015

Despite what you may have heard from civic leaders, upstate New York areas currently not served by Verizon FiOS won't be getting the high-speed internet service soon. And maybe, not at all.

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According to President Barack Obama, more than 90 percent of households headed by a college graduate have Internet access, while fewer than half of low-income households have similar access. The president says the "digital divide" puts these individuals at a disadvantage by limiting their educational and economic opportunities because the Internet is increasingly needed to find a job, finish homework or keep in touch with family and friends. The mayors of a handful of upstate cities agree, and are taking action.

Albany FreeNet

In August 2009, then-Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced that Tech Valley Communications and the city had received a state grant of 625-thousand dollars to expand Albany FreeNet, the free wireless Internet network. Now, six years later,  efforts to bring free or low-cost high-speed Internet to the residents of Albany have been moving along at dial-up speed.

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The Vermont Department of Public Service is seeking proposals to provide broadband Internet service to 1,700 remote, underserved parts of the state.

Net Neutrality At Issue

Apr 25, 2014

Advocates for a free Internet in New York and around the country have been holding hastily-called meetings to analyze a move by the FCC chairman that appears to threaten “net neutrality” by allowing some companies to offer higher speeds at higher prices.

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The City of Glens Falls has given a green light to a company that will expand a fiber optic network to bring broadband internet to more subscribers. But other rural communities are taking a different direction.

This week the Glens Falls Common Council voted in favor of a measure that paves the way for company First Light Fiber to wrap fiber-optic high-speed internet cable on existing utility lines.

As the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee as early as this week, then on to full Senate consideration, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a teleconference today in which she outlined her priorities for the legislation to strengthen New York State’s agriculture industry and rural communities.

Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades, put together a letter, signed by 32 other senators, to cut crop insurance subsidies and hold off any food stamp cuts.

Massachusetts Broadband Institute

A public economic development institute in Massachusetts has released a detailed map of when areas of Western Massachusetts will be connected with a federally funded high-speed internet fiber optic network. The first segments will be operational in the coming months.

At a community meeting in Great Barrington on Tuesday evening, Judy Dumont, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced that the first segments of the fiber-optic MassBroadband 123 network will be lit up this March.

Small businesses in the Berkshires are being encouraged to apply for a grant that would allow them to expand their use of technology and broadband internet. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Between now and January 31st, some small businesses in the Berkshires are eligible to apply for funding that would serve to expand their use of broadband technology. The initiative is managed by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, or PERC.

Vermont officials this week announced a new round of grants that will move the state closer to a universal broadband network across the state.