Broadband access, reliability, and affordability are critical to equitable economic development.
Past consumer and business surveys have illuminated challenges with affordable, reliable access
to the internet, particularly on Aquidneck Island (Newport County), but have not been definitive.
The pandemic has exacerbated the statewide need for reliable, affordable high-speed broadband
for remote learning, telework, telehealth, e-government, and e-commerce. Connect Greater
Newport has convened a coalition of stakeholders (Connect Greater Newport Broadband
Coalition) to oversee a short-term planning effort to improve and expand access to quality broadband in the Greater Newport region and possibly statewide. This program is funded by philanthropic support from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.
Greater Newport Broadband Coalition: Invited Members
Jeff Diehl - Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
Daniela Fairchild - Commerce RI
Stuart Freiman - Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Scott Humphreys, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce
Rhonda Mitchell, Newport Housing Authority
Michael Ricci, Central Falls School Department
Elizabeth Tanner, Department of Business Regulation
Matt Wainwright, Town of Middletown
Request for Proposals for Broadband Assessment and Planning
Connect Greater Newport releases Request for Proposals for Broadband Assessment and Planning. Questions are due on April 24, 2021, at noon and proposals are due on May 4, 2021. Contact Jessica David, Project Manager, Broadband Initiative - firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.