Gov. Janet Mills says the money would be spent on rural parts of the state where COVID-19 restrictions and low Internet connectivity have hurt education and the economy. Lawmakers say $30 million is good but not enough.
By Scott Thistle, Portland Press Herald | February 25, 2021
The City Council approved the creation of two new councils to develop a community that is able to support and encourage new businesses. Both advisory committees will begin accepting applications in March.
By Margaret Austin, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle | February 24, 2021
San Fernando, Calif., will establish 14 superchargers in a city-owned parking structure near the downtown area to hopefully encourage visitors to stop into the small, largely Latino town and revitalize the area.
By Olga Grigoryants, Daily News | February 17, 2021
Slab City, a do-it-yourself, free-wheeling community, has been functioning to some degree for decades. Without any infrastructure or civic institutions, such as police or fire services, it exists by defying normalcy.
By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller | February 18, 2021
Two state lawmakers proposed a bill that would require all public meetings to have Internet participation options even after in-person meetings return. The bill also suggests requiring translators to increase access.
Just 18.5 percent of Iowans have access to affordable Internet and the average download speed is the second worst in the nation. But Gov. Reynolds hopes to get Iowans connected over the next three years.
By Michaele Niehaus, The Hawk Eye | February 16, 2021
When a development causes a problem, we should be dealing with the problem where it exists – not cordoning off whole areas of the city. Let’s scrap the old Euclidean codes and update with market urbanism zoning.
By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist | February 12, 2021
Black, Latino and Native American communities have been impacted the most by COVID-19, and yet they have the lowest rate of vaccinations in Los Angeles County. Officials are increasing efforts to fix the racial disparities.
By Ruben Vives, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times | February 10, 2021