The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

Date: 28 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here.… Read More

Comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Home Map of Kentucky, New Resource

Date: 27 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From the rolling Appalachian Mountains to bustling city streets, Kentucky has it all, including gigabit (1,000 Mbps) service from Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks. That’s right, Kentucky – the state that is often used as shorthand in America politics to talk about coal country and poverty – actually has some of the fastest, most reliable Internet service in the entire country. We put together this map using the latest data sets available from the FCC to highlight how much of rural Kentucky has the gold standard in high-speed Internet service.… Read More

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

Date: 26 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference.… Read More

Shape the Rules for Rural Broadband Subsidies Fact Sheet – Reply Comments Due: October 18th, 2017

Date: 25 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Another addition to our Community Networks Initiative resources! This fact sheet details the most important aspects of the Connect America Fund (CAF) Auction. What is it? What should it do? Who does it affect? And how can you make a difference? … Read More

FCC Considers Smart Phones Broadband Deployment. That’s Laughable.

Date: 22 Aug 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cell phones as a substitute for home Internet service? That’s what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggested in an August 2017 document. Buried within the Notice of Inquiry for the Section 706 Report, the FCC quietly proposed that mobile service could … Read More

Anza Electric Cooperative: High-Speed Internet Service in Southern California

Date: 28 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just south of Mount San Jacinto in southern California, several small communities hope for better Internet access. The local cooperative has submitted a plan to build a next generation network fiber network further into Riverside County. Anza Electric Cooperative wants … Read More

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

Date: 4 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will … Read More

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