WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

FCC Funds Will Help Expand High-Speed Internet In Virginia

Play associated audio

The Federal Communications Commission is setting aside about $2 million to improve high-speed Internet access in rural Virginia, according to the Associated Press.

The FCC's Connect America Fund is helping CenturyLink, Inc. connect more than 2,000 locations statewide to broadband service. CenturyLink must complete two-thirds of its new broadband installations within two years, and the rest by the third year under the arrangement.

About 7,000 more people in Virginia will be able to access high-speed Internet through the efforts, FCC officials say. The agency says about 744,000 Virginians do not have access to broadband, which makes up almost 38 percent of the rural population. The commonewealt has the 8th-lowest rural broadband access in the nation.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Capitol Hill Lawmakers Find Living At The Office Makes Sense, Saves Cents

Three office buildings on the House side of the U.S. Capitol serve as offices, and by night as lawmakers' apartments. Dozens of lawmakers choose to sleep in the office when Congress is in session.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.