Front Range GigaPop plans Western Colorado expansion May 20, 2020

Front Range-based GigaPop wants to team with local governments on the Western Slope to improve broadband in rural Colorado. It’s looking for funding for the $2.2 million project.

Read the full story here via The Colorado Sun.

KINBER Expands Broadband Access in Southwest PA Through Partnership April 28, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) today announced a new partnership with ClearFiber Communications to expand its high-capacity broadband network into Greene and Washington counties. This project will bring new fiber infrastructure to the area, providing affordable and reliable internet access along with access to additional technology and network-based services.

“KINBER is excited to again collaborate on addressing the critical lack of sufficient broadband capabilities in these underserved communities,” said Nathan Flood, KINBER’s interim CEO. “By extending our infrastructure we are able to help bring quality broadband service, close the homework gap and ease the digital inequities that have been unaddressed for far too long. This partnership expands our services to meet the broadband needs of Greene and Washington counties.”

[Read the full press release at NEWS|KINBER]

R&E Networks in CA, OR, and WA Announce Collaborative Support for COVID-19 Western States Pact April 15, 2020

Statewide research and education networks in California, Oregon, and Washington have joined to support the shared approach announced by their states’ respective leaders, Governors Gavin Newsom, Kate Brown, and Jay Inslee, this week to move toward a reopening of economic activity while safeguarding health outcomes.

CENIC, Link Oregon, and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) offer their ultra-broadband research and education telecommunications networks and services to:

  • Support continuity of our K-12 schools, community college, and university education and educational services online;
  • Support COVID-19 research activities among our universities, supercomputing facilities, and other research sites in our three states, across the US and abroad;
  • Support online components of clinical care of COVID-19 patients among our university medical centers and their partners; and
  • Assist ISPs and carriers in rural and underserved areas who need additional temporary network capacity and/or network strategies for medical, educational, and other community anchor institutions.

[Read the full article at CENIC | NEWS]