According to a recent FCC census from 2015, just over 15% of the state of Connecticut still lacks basic broadband access. If you look at each town in CT there appears to be access to the federal's basic standards for broadband: 25 Mbps when downloading and 3 Mbps when uploading. However, when you look at smaller geographic areas, the lack of broadband is revealed as shown by Jake Kara of TrendCT.org.
Recently, U.S. News & World Report republished a piece from a professor at Oklahoma State University about rural broadband and why we still face issues with connecting rural residents to broadband standards.
The FCC has just announced the release of another $16 million for rural broadband funding. The organization will distribute the funds to four carriers covering more than 2,400 census blocks across five states.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated broadband for everyone is a top priority for economic development, education and safety. To back up his comments, he's pledged $500MM to help make it happen through the New York Broadband Program, which was one of the sessions at this year's New York State Association of Counties Fall Seminar.
In an article titled "Taking Internet To The Hinterlands," RESOLUTE Partners was recently spotlighted in the Hartford Courant's Main St. Series, which profiles local Connecticut companies.
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Orleans County has awarded Resolute Partners and Seneca Solutions (Formerly Seneca Telecommunications) its project to connect rural areas to high-speed Internet services. The broadband infrastructure and network will supply more than 4,000 underserved homes and businesses in the two counties.
The latest in bringing more high-speed broadband to rural Americans comes from the USDA, who has just approved $85.8 million in loans ($74.8 million for Telecom and $11 million in Community Connect Grants).
According to a recent press release, Frontier Communications has accepted a sum of $238M to bring broadband services to more than 65,000 rural Americans across 28 states delivering in-home broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. Frontiers’ President and CEO Dan McCarthy noted in the release:
A recent study showed that 74% of rural Americans in West Virginia don't have access to adaquate broadband and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) isn't happy about it.