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Broadband bill to allow Montana municipalities to provide service gets hearing in House committee

“We are falling behind in our economy, and people are feeling it,” Kortum told the House Local Government Committee Tuesday afternoon. “Let’s give our towns the freedom to innovate and design broadband solutions that fit their unique needs.”

These states are on track to pass data privacy laws this year – Is yours?

The more states embrace these laws, the more consumers will have a right to know what information has been collected on them and an opportunity to stop it.

California can finally enforce its landmark net neutrality law, judge rules

It survived challenges from Trump’s DOJ, and now one from telecom industry too

Right to privacy: Missoula legislator’s bill bars sale of GPS data without consent – Privacy Rings?

Senate Bill 242, sponsored by Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, would bar companies from selling GPS data without explicit consent. 

FCC Launches Broadband Data Effort

The move was made by Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who also named Jean Kiddoo as the chair of the effort, dubbed the Broadband Data Task Force. Rosenworcel also announced related senior staff members and gave an update on the FCC’s ongoing broadband data collection work.

Iowa Governor’s $450M Broadband Buildout Receives Support – “We need to see it as important as highways, water, sewer, power.”

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.

LC1539 – An Act Allowing Montana Municipalities to Own and Operate Municipal Broadband Systems

States without restrictions enjoyed higher access to low-priced broadband plans on average.

California Might Make Virtual Meetings a Permanent Option

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.

Martinez Named Director of Colorado Broadband Office – Broadband Initiatives Report

Four issues through changing how Colorado governs, maps, funds and deploys broadband.

Helena unveils new public engagement tool – ‘Be Heard Helena’ – Missoula has had ‘Engage Missoula” for a year.

“Be Heard Helena is a platform for us to collect information and share, not only the kinds of work we’ve been doing on the strategic plan, but also asking key questions like, what do you think of seeing safe community ideas as a priority for the community,” says Rachel Harlow-Schalk, Helena’s City Manager. “These are some of the activities that the commission is looking at, are these the right ones? What are the ones you think need to be asked?”