R.I. receives $5.5M for broadband improvements

RHODE ISLAND received $5.5 million in federal funding to improve broadband access and equity. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD
PROVIDENCE – Almost 50,000 families in Rhode Island, or around 12% of all households, do not have internet connection, according to state data. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau found, another 35,000 households only have web access through their smartphone's data plan.  To help close this access gap, the Ocean State received a $5.5 million federal infusion toward…

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