The Federal Communications Commission is ready to auction $20 billion for rural broadband development starting in October, but many lawmakers are nervous that they don’t have accurate enough data to do it correctly.
By Dean DeChiaro, CQ-Roll Call | September 22, 2020
In addition to occasionally poor connectivity, the state Legislature has held fewer meetings than normal, which has reduced lawmaking. Some legislators hope the COVID challenges encourage more time efficiency.
By Jens Gould, The Santa Fe New Mexican | September 21, 2020
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has postponed naturalization interviews and ceremonies, deepening the backlog of applications. For many immigrants, this means that they will miss another opportunity to vote.
By Camila DeChalus, CQ-Roll Call | September 9, 2020
Largely funded from the CARES Act, the state will begin working on implementing 71 broadband expansion projects in 23 counties across the state. But there is still a long way to go before the whole state is connected.
Cities keep lurching between electing their governing bodies from districts and choosing them at large. The district approach is gaining, but its fragmentation doesn't promote a broad view of community needs.
By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor | September 8, 2020
There are nearly 500,000 North Carolinans who have no or unreliable access to high-speed Internet. For many rural communities, not having Internet access is like the state telling them, “You’re not important.”
By Lisa O'Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal | September 4, 2020
In the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey, leading jurisdictions had made investments in broadband, remote collaboration and digital citizen engagement long before COVID-19 tested whether they were up to the challenge.
The county hoped to become 20 percent renewable by 2022 but that may no longer be feasible. The pandemic has radically changed the county’s budget, funding sources and financial focus which may delay sustainability.
By Taylor DeVille, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2020