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Andrew Chanse: Libraries key to tackling the digital divide, growing Spokane economy

According to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, one in seven Spokane households do not have broadband internet at home. That’s where libraries come in.

Idaho broadband group urges state to expand rural service

An Idaho government study group concluded that expanding access to broadband service in rural areas should be a top priority for the state, officials said.

Getting connected: where broadband, rural prosperity and health care intersect

Rural community leaders, broadband providers and government entities met in Davenport for a broadband workshop.

With billions to spend, feds unsure who lacks broadband

A $4.5 billion federal grant program to improve broadband internet access in rural America has been stymied by flawed maps, and a group of U.S. senators is pushing to make …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces bill to codify ‘net neutrality’ provisions

But the Republican congresswoman continued her criticism of stricter federal regulations for internet service providers, saying consumer protections could be achieved without returning to the regulatory framework Democrats have asked …

UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …

Two Views: Breann Beggs: Broadband should be open to all

User-paid public broadband infrastructure combined with expanded private companies providing internet access to our neighborhoods and business centers will secure Spokane’s place at the table of increasing economic vitality in …

Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network intended to open up internet services, drive down costs

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs has proposed the creation of a working group that would explore the possibility of the city getting into the high-speed internet industry.

First state opts out of broadband public safety network

New Hampshire is the first state to say it will opt out of the nationwide public safety communications system known as FirstNet.

Idaho opts into national public safety broadband network

Idaho has joined 20 other states in an interstate communications network that allows public safety agencies to communicate across jurisdictions during emergencies.

Wayne Williams: Find a better way to achieve net neutrality

If we are to truly capitalize on the opportunity to bring robust broadband access to Eastern Washington and other underserved areas, we need to rollback Title II as soon as …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Microsoft wants to bring 2 million Americans online by 2022

Microsoft is aiming to bring broadband internet to millions of rural Americans within the next five years through what is now unused TV spectrum, the company announced Tuesday.

Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure

States have started writing their own legislation to protect broadband privacy after Congress voted to repeal regulations that would have required internet providers to obtain their customers’ consent before collecting …

GOP Congress rolls back rules on hunting, broadband privacy

Hunters could soon target grizzly bears from the air on Alaska’s federal lands. Internet providers may get to sell the browsing habits of their customers. States will be able to …

Internet providers must now get your OK to share your personal data

Federal regulators on Thursday approved tough new rules requiring high-speed internet service providers to get customer permission before using or sharing sensitive personal data, such as web browsing or app …

Idaho countersues in broadband case

Even as two vendors from the now-defunct Idaho Education Network are suing the state of Idaho in federal court seeking payment of unpaid bills from the IEN, the state has …

Idaho AG files suit to recover payments on void contract

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says two internet companies must return the millions of dollars paid to them under a voided state broadband contract.

Net neutrality not so simple

The drawback to that heavy-handed regulation is that it places a yoke around innovation by high-tech companies. Allowing higher charges for faster internet speeds would be consistent with a policy …

Appeals court upholds net neutrality rules for internet access

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld tough new regulations for online traffic in a major victory for President Barack Obama and a blow to telecommunications companies, which challenged the net …

Eye on Boise: Dissidents in Idaho GOP want to ‘denounce’ Otter for forming PAC

Eye on Boise column for Sunday

Eye on Boise: New state broadband network ruled out

Eye on Boise column for Sunday

Idaho sees more school Internet savings

BOISE – The savings are continuing to mount after the demise of the Idaho Education Network. The service, aimed at providing broadband Internet, videoconferencing and other services to every high …

Idaho school districts cut Internet costs by switching providers

BOISE – The data is in: school districts across Idaho are saving big bucks by switching from the defunct Idaho Education Network to local vendors for their high-speed Internet service. …

Idaho pulling plug on broadband network

BOISE – The much-vaunted Idaho Education Network is officially defunct, state lawmakers declared Tuesday, as they approved new emergency funding for school districts to find their own vendors and buy …

Idaho school broadband legal bill nears $1 million

BOISE – Idaho’s legal fees to defend its now-voided contract for the Idaho Education Network high school broadband service are climbing toward $1 million. A 4th District Court judge voided …

Idaho schools broadband contract may be headed for rebid

BOISE – Idaho officials are scrambling to find a way to keep the statewide broadband network that serves high schools running after a judge tossed out the 5-year-old, $60 million …

Idaho schools broadband contract extension through 2019 surprises lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers who agreed under pressure this week to pay $6.6 million to a broadband contractor say they were dismayed and alarmed to learn that the state last …

Rural North Idaho has state’s worst Internet

BOISE – Rural North Idaho is the worst-served part of the state when it comes to broadband Internet service, a legislative committee learned Friday. “Where we’re struggling probably the most …

Need for speed: Broadband comes to rural areas

Think of the fastest Internet speed you experience. Now multiply that by 10, 50 or even 100. It’s coming … to Pend Oreille County. Most rural communities lag in the …

Broadband providers aim to educate users of benefits

Now that broadband is finding its way into nearly every corner of Washington, the focus is turning to using the technology to the fullest potential.