Governor signs bill providing high-speed broadband internet

Governor signs bill providing high-speed broadband internet

Salem, Ore. – House Bill 3061 was signed by Governor Brown on Monday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls).

House Bill 3061 amends ORS 271 to allow municipalities to transfer property acquired from government entities to private corporations if used to provide broadband internet services to the citizens. It allows a political subdivision to waive and relinquish interest within 20 years of the transfer if such action is determined to be in the public interest.

Read More

Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Establishing the Oregon Broadband Office

Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Establishing the Oregon Broadband Office

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Broadband Office within the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon). Governor Brown's recommended budget includes funding to fully staff the new broadband office.  

Read More

Merkley Announces Launch of a New Rural Broadband Program

Merkley Announces Launch of a New Rural Broadband Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley today announced that after securing a $600 million investment in rural broadband in the 2018 spending bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a pilot program that will provide loans and grants to build broadband infrastructure across America—improving rural communities’ economies, health care, and quality of life.

Read More