Want To Topple Telecom Oligopolies? Support Locally Owned Broadband

Date: 15 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural communities seeking better broadband have options beyond big telecom.
This past August, the residents of the Republican-leaning Michigan town of Lyndon Township overwhelmingly voted to raise their property taxes. What spurred this rural community to violate the core Republican tenant of minimal taxation?

Lack of high-speed internet access.… Read More

SoCal City, Manhattan Beach, Considers Building Muni Network

Date: 12 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In southern California, the city of Manhattan Beach is considering creating a municipal broadband network to extend quality, affordable broadband to its residents and businesses. Advocating for Quality Internet Talk of the network surfaced from Information Technology director Sanford Taylor’s “Fiber Master … Read More

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

Date: 30 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers.… Read More

Wilson, North Carolina’s Fiber Network Headlines Economic Development Plan

Date: 20 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wilson has made their community-owned Greenlight fiber network central to their economic development plan, a move that may forge a new approach for other communities with similar assets. Revitalization Efforts In 2008, when Wilson’s Greenlight community network first launched, the Federal Communications … Read More

More Colorado Towns Put Municipal Broadband Question on The Ballot

Date: 23 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This November, more Colorado towns and counties will be voting on whether to opt out of the 12-year-old SB 152, a state law that restricts broadband development. Senate Bill 152 has hindered communities’ ability to invest in Internet infrastructure and provide service themselves or with private sector partners. Many communities are realizing that national carriers can’t be relied on to provide high-quality Internet access. To date, at least 98 communities across the state of Colorado have voted to reclaim local telecommunications authority by opting out of SB 152; a handful are considering actually pursuing a publicly owned network.… Read More

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

Date: 18 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas.… Read More

Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

Date: 17 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture … Read More

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