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Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

The US$42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program, known as BEAD, requires each state to generate a five-year action plan laying out how it will use the funds, including a process for prioritizing locations that are classified as “unserved” or “underserved.”

How States Are Using Pandemic Relief Funds to Boost Broadband Access

This funding is separate from the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide an additional $65 billion to help policymakers address high-speed internet access and adoption.

Where Did All of the Food & Beverage Workers Go?

Help wanted. Really wanted.

There’s $2B for Broadband on Reservations. It Won’t Be Enough

The recently approved US infrastructure law aims to close the digital divide for Native peoples. But the demand far outstrips the money allocated.

The Labor Shortage Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon–Unless Companies Make These Changes

A new poll from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows what businesses must do to get–and keep–the workers they need.

What is Starlink? Inside the satellite business that could make Elon Musk a trillionaire.

Starlink is a broadband internet service, specializing in the expansion of coverage to rural and remote communities. It accomplishes this by launching a “constellation” of satellites into low Earth orbit via SpaceX rockets.

Meet the man who wants to electrify every building in America – Montana PSC warns natural gas bills could rise 50% or more

Donnel Baird’s startup, BlocPower, has already electrified 1,200 low-income buildings in New York City—and he’s just getting started.

Own Nothing and Love It

The conversion of the high-rise office space into what urbanist Richard Florida describes as the “the last relic of the industrial age“ suggests a future more likely dispersed than concentrated. The shift to remote work covers a large part of the workforce which historically filled high-rise offices—media, analysts, programmers, marketers, and designers.

Alaska Airlines’ Santa Fantasy Flight for needy Spokane kids to mark 25th anniversary

It’s a story that not only won’t get old but perhaps becomes more needed each year. Maybe particularly this year.

Washington State Department of Commerce Director’s Update – November 2021

Federal infrastructure investments will strengthen Washington communities