For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 MONTICELLO, MINN. FIGHTS TDS LAWSUIT Minneapolis, Minn.— (July 23, 2008). Monticello has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit preventing it from building the fiber optic network 74% of voters supported in a referendum last fall. TDS, the incumbent telephone provider in Monticello, rebuffed solicitations from the City … Read More
Minneapolis, Minn.— (July 23, 2008). Monticello has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit preventing it from building the fiber optic network 74% of voters supported in a referendum last fall.
TDS,the incumbent telephone provider in Monticello, rebuffed solicitations from the City to build a fiber network before filing a complaint to prevent the City from building its own network.
This Fact sheet was originally published in 2008 but was updated in April 2010.
BT is a city department of Burlington, Vermont, which owns a fiber-to-the-home network and offers triple play services(phone, cable, internet). BT’s services have produced millions in savings for the city and the community at large.
ILSR issued a report in 2011 that updates this fact sheet: Learning from Burlington Telecom: Some Lessons for Community Networks
Broadcast spectrum is quite limited, allowing only a few channels to send signals over the air to antennas. The Federal Communications Commission decides who gets licenses to use the airwaves. Cable and satellite dishes offer more channel capacity, but the owner must still choose which channels to offer. They pick what they think their customers want to watch.
But what if there were an effectively unlimited number of channels? Welcome to the world of fiber. Fiber-optic networks have sufficient capacity to offer many tens of thousands of channels. Communities across the United States are building these networks to make sure they remain relevant in the digital economy. So, when a community builds a fiber-optic network, who decides what content is offered?
The unedited, one hour, version of the Broadband Discussion on KFAI’s
Truth to Tell program on June 11, 2008. Christopher Mitchell, Eric
Lampland, and Peter Fleck discussed wireless, fiber network, and the
importance of community accountability.
… Read More
Christopher Mitchell was featured on "Truth to Tell," an hour long
program on KFAI, a radio station broadcasting in the Twin Cities.
Listen to Mitchell discuss municipal broadband networks via a stream on KFAI or download an mp3. We cut, spliced, and trimmed the interview into a short version (22 min).
… Read More