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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 - with any questions.


513 Broadway

Newport, RI 02840

​​Tel: 401-314-0329

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