Governor Ned Lamont has held a bill signing ceremony for legislation he championed that promotes the buildout of broadband internet access in unserved and underserved areas of Connecticut, particularly in urban centers and rural communities. The governor proposed the legislation as part of his ongoing efforts to close the digital divide and get more households connected to the internet.
A 2018 survey found that 23% of Connecticut residents did not have internet access at home.
Danbury Representative David Arconti chairs the Energy and Technology Committee. He says internet service providers are now required to comply with new state standards that require them to expand broadband to wherever they distribute cable programming.
There's a new grant fund for projects, and municipalities can be participants. A mapping element will help develop data on which households, businesses, and communities have the option to subscribe to broadband services – and which ones do not. This will help inform the grant program.