In Op-Ed, ILSR Researcher Katie Kienbaum Discusses Need for Better Broadband in North Carolina

Date: 25 Jan 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An op-ed written by Katie Kienbaum, Researcher at ILSR, was published by the Jacksonville Daily News. It discusses the need for better broadband access in North Carolina, as well as “Let’s Connect,” a series of community meetings on the subject organized by ILSR, NCLM, and NC Hearts Gigabit…… Read More

Massachusetts Town Moves Forward With Municipal Broadband Plans

Date: 21 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ninety miles west of Boston, the small town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, will soon have a new, municipal option for Internet access. In October, the South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network throughout the town of 17,000.… Read More

Tax Change Deters Rural Co-ops From Expanding Internet Access

Date: 9 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For many rural Americans, the local electric or telephone cooperative is their best hope for finally obtaining modern-day connectivity. With the support of government funding, rural cooperatives have brought electricity, telephone service, and more recently broadband access to some of the most rugged and sparsely populated places in the country.… Read More

Rural Minnesotans Face “Corporate Indifference” of Internet Service Provider

Date: 4 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A few weeks ago, we wrote about one of the community meetings held by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to address mounting frustrations over poor service from Frontier Communications. Subscribers at the meeting in Wyoming, Minnesota, complained of download speeds as slow as 0.05 Megabits per second (Mbps), outages that lasted for weeks, and unhelpful customer service representatives.… Read More

Fiber Network Boosts Maryland High Schoolers’ Tech Skills

Date: 28 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When communities deploy Internet access infrastructure, they use their investment to reduce costs for telecommunications, improve local connectivity, and encourage economic development. In Westminster, they’re also using their fiber optic network to boost local high school students’ tech skills in a fun and creative way. The community is using publicly owned fiber optic “magic” to multiply their youth’s opportunities.… Read More

On Tribal Lands, Internet Access is Even Worse than Federal Data Show, GAO Study Finds

Date: 25 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at least 35 percent of tribal residents do not have access to fixed broadband. In comparison, only 7.7 percent of all U.S. residents lack access to fixed broadband, defined as minimum speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload.… Read More

Colorado City Celebrates Start of New High-Speed Internet Access

Date: 20 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The mayor doesn’t usually show up at your house when you switch to a new Internet service provider, but for Erin and Isaac Herman of Centennial, Colorado, that’s exactly what happened. In early September, they became the first official Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) subscribers in Centennial when Internet service provider (ISP) Tingconnected their home with fiber optic lines. An event held at their house brought together community members and local officials to celebrate the “lighting” of the fiber line, a culmination of years of hard work by the city to develop a publicly owned dark fiber network.… Read More

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