Broadband

Audit: Oregon broadband office not prepared for federal infrastructure grants

January 14, 2023

Oregon’s broadband office doesn’t have the staff or plans it needs to take advantage of up to $1 billion in federal money to expand internet access, according to an audit released Wednesday.  The report from the Audits Division of the Secretary of State’s Office found that the state has work…

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Award-Winning Oregon Internet Service Provider Announces Fastest Residential Speeds to Date While Growing into New Markets

November 10, 2022

Hunter Communications announces 2.5G/2.5G internet, nearly twice as fast as other area ISPs Oct. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Hunter Communications announces its fastest internet speed to date, 2.5G/2.5G. This offering makes Hunter the only service provider in its territory to offer fiber-to-the-home internet speeds this high.  The capabilities that 2.5G symmetrical speeds offer are crucial to future…

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Faster Internet Oregon Launches Statewide Broadband Mapping

November 10, 2022

A grassroots partnership is working to identify broadband gaps in Oregon and encourage more equity in the distribution of broadband funding A partnership of Oregon Economic Development Districts, Onward Eugene, SpeedUpAmerica, and Link Oregon launches today as Faster Internet Oregon, a statewide speed test campaign and broadband mapping effort that…

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2022 Oregon Connections Award Winners

October 9, 2022

On Thursday, October 6, 2022 several individuals and organizations were given awards at the Oregon Connections Conference. The conference honors individuals and organizations who have positively impacted telecommunications development in Oregon in six categories: applications, projects, partnerships, legislation, advocacy and enduring achievement. Award nominations are evaluated by an Awards Committee…

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LS Networks Announces Entry into Residential Market

October 9, 2022

Partnership with PocketiNet Furthers Mission to Bridge the Digital Divide, Expanding Platformto Include Fiber-to-the-Home Today (Sept. 29, 2022) , LS Networks announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire PocketiNet Communications Inc., a residential internet, phone, and Wi-Fi service provider. Continuing operations under each respective brand, this partnership marks LS…

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A Few Words from Jim

September 10, 2022

September 2022 Rural Oregon Broadband This month’s issue is almost all about Broadband. It’s the second annual Oregon Connections Conference Special Edition. This years conference is in Ashland on October 6-7. The theme for this year is Oregon Connections: Navigating the Funding Flood.  Find out more at OregonConnections.info. The 2022…

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The Future of Broadband Services

September 10, 2022

Access to information services via broadband networks is essential for improving the quality of life of Oregon residents and improving the Oregon economy. Past investments in broadband infrastructure by Oregon telecommunications service providers created a solid foundation for future progress. Rural Oregon is now better served than many rural areas…

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Access to communications technology is critical infrastructure

September 10, 2022

I am writing this as my company is in the middle of a state of emergency here in northern California, right up against the Oregon border, where we are seeing a serious loss of homes, infrastructure, and lives. There is no one to blame, it is part of the risks…

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Oregon Broadband Advisory Council Welcomes New Members

September 10, 2022

The Oregon Broadband Office (OBAC) welcomes nine new members to the Broadband Advisory Council. The council consists of 13 members, 11 of which are appointed by Governor Kate Brown, along with one representative each from the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. OBAC’s mission is to encourage coordination…

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Oregon’s once-in-a-lifetime broadband opportunity by Representative Pam Marsh

September 10, 2022

The COVID crisis demonstrated beyond doubt that broadband is vital for our social, economic, emotional and physical health.  Individuals and families who lacked access to broadband over the past two years missed out on public health information, remote work opportunities, online learning, health appointments, digital grocery deliveries, live-streamed religious services,…

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Is Fiber Internet Worth Having in Your home?

September 10, 2022

Internet providers around the nation are racing to build or upgrade their networks to fiber-optic technology, but many consumers are still asking if fiber is worth having in their homes. From families to gamers, streamers to online workers, fiber provides the fastest, most reliable internet to keep every household connected.…

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Broadband Is Just One Piece of the Bigger Digital Equity Puzzle

September 10, 2022

During the pandemic, we saw a lot of temporary solutions to digital inequities, from quickly distributing hotspots to free access to broadband for school-aged children, to handing out tablets to older adults.  Unfortunately, too many of these one-off tactics end up being wasted investments. Why? We need more than available…

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