New Fiber Broadband Project Near Ann Arbor, Michigan Hopes to Be a Catalyst for Economic Restoration

Date: 5 Aug 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the help of CARES Act funding, nonprofit economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK is collaborating with the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to undertake a broadband project that it’s hoping will really reestablish the region’s former reputation as a first-in-class industry and technology epicenter. The $2.4 million project will drive the installation of a new fiber backbone to attract businesses and, local leaders hope, spur broadband competition.… Read More

How Long Prairie, Minnesota and a Local Cooperative Partnered to Build a Citywide Broadband Network

Date: 6 May 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tired of waiting for connectivity solutions to come to town, one Minnesota community has instead partnered with a local telephone cooperative to build a fiber network reaching every home and business in the city. In embarking on its journey to improve local Internet access six years ago, Long Prairie (pop. 3,300) ended up partnering with one of the most aggressive fiber network builders in the state – Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) – on a solution that meets local needs. The two finished a ubiquitous Fiber-to-the-Home build in 2018, with the cooperative now owning and operating the network. … Read More

Franklin County, Ohio Aims to Address Digital Equity in Urban Areas

Date: 22 Apr 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Franklin County Digital Equity Coalition was borne out of the emergency needs presented by the pandemic, but has shaped up to be a good model for how to address the broadband issues facing urban communities across the country. After 11 months of meeting and planning, the coalition released a framework in March outlining its five pillars of focus: broadband affordability, device access, digital life skills and technical support, community response and collaboration, and advocacy for broadband funding and policy. As part of its efforts, the coalition also developed two pilot programs to increase broadband access in parts of the city that need it most.… Read More