U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo

Rhode Island gets more than $108 million to expand broadband

BY: - June 26, 2023

Rhode Island will receive $108.7 million in federal funding to expand high-speed internet to all corners of the state, President Joe Biden’s administration announced Monday. Funding is through a $42 billion nationwide investment from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the federal government in 2021 and is administered by the U.S. Commerce Department’s […]

Possible changes coming to RIPTA board following Senate vote

BY: - June 2, 2023

PROVIDENCE — The director of the state’s Department of Transportation (RIDOT) already serves as a member of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority’s (RIPTA) Board of Directors, but he could become its chair after the passage of a bill in the state Senate Thursday.  Sponsored by Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, the bill would add one […]

The tail of a whale surfaces in the ocean

Right whales vs. commercial fishing: no ‘easy solution’ for NOAA, says Raimondo

BY: - March 15, 2023

Once hunted to near-extinction, the greatest threats to the endangered North Atlantic right whale now are accidental encounters with humans. Federal efforts to protect the whale species, which spends most of the year off the coast of New England, from collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear — incidents that represent the two leading […]