In the latter part of the 2000s, Ammon, Idaho, a city of 16,000 people in the southeastern part of the state, was experiencing a familiar problem for small communities in rural areas: The internet access was inadequate and not affordable enough to serve the people living there. And it got personal for the city when officials looked into connecting two city buildings with a high-speed connection.

The phone company said it couldn’t do it. The local cable company said, sure – but it’ll cost you: $80,000 up front to put the fiber in and $1,000 a month for the service.

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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging eligible New Mexicans and Tribal residents to apply for consumer discounts through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families and students in New Mexico,” Heinrich said. “We must ensure all New Mexicans have access to broadband services and this FCC program is a great way to help eligible applicants pay for the services they need. I will continue fighting to ensure every family and child in New

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MANISTEE COUNTY — Initial results are coming in from a survey by Connecting Manistee County, a grassroots organization looking to increase broadband access locally.

Data gathered from the survey will help determine where and what internet access issues Manistee County residents are facing. The results of which will help inform the committee to make decisions and recommendations for solutions.

Thus far, pollsters found over 14.3{a7758c3706987b952e6c06b8e84de22b0478c6ec9e4b4c13f69a9ea693861278} of respondents say they lack home internet access with an additional 38.5{a7758c3706987b952e6c06b8e84de22b0478c6ec9e4b4c13f69a9ea693861278} reporting download speeds lower than 25 megabytes per second. This data comes from a May 17 report with 522 responses.

Respondents were split

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President Biden’s plan would spend $100 billion expanding broadband.

MARKS, Mississippi — The Biden Administration wants to make broadband internet accessible for rural areas.  Local 24 News anchor Katina Rankin went to a city in the Mississippi Delta to see the impact the Biden Administration’s plan would have on rural town America.

President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan is $2 trillion. The Build Back Better plan includes money for bridges, aging water systems and broadband – something folks in Marks, Mississippi, say they are in desperate need of, especially broadband in schools.

Enter the Quitman County School District. 850

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The Federal Communications Commission this week opened enrollment for its Emergency Broadband Benefit program, aimed at expanding connectivity to people in need via discounted internet services.  

Those eligible for the program include people who experienced a substantial loss of income in 2020; individuals who currently receive or qualify for Lifeline benefits through federal programs such as SNAP; and households with incomes at or below 135{a7758c3706987b952e6c06b8e84de22b0478c6ec9e4b4c13f69a9ea693861278} of the federal poverty guidelines.  

FCC Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel described the $3.2 billion initiative as “the largest ever program in the US to address broadband affordability.”   “It will help families nationwide get online for

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Millions of Americans who can’t afford broadband could get up to $50 a month to help pay their bill thanks to a new federal subsidy program.


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American families financially hit by the coronavirus pandemic can now get help paying their broadband bills through a new federal subsidy program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit, administered through the Federal Communications Commission, gives eligible households a $50-a-month subsidy that can be used to pay for broadband service, as well as a one-time $100 payment toward a device to connect to the internet. 

The FCC said that starting Wednesday

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