Municipal Broadband Advocates Win Major Victory in Ohio

Date: 29 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipal broadband advocates in Ohio realized a major victory today when a bipartisan House and Senate conference committee released the final version of their state budget plan that added $250 million to expand broadband access in the Buckeye State and removed the anonymous budget amendment that would have effectively banned municipal broadband networks if passed into law.… Read More

A Promising Model for Expanding Internet Access in Rural Vermont

Date: 24 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the exception of a handful of homes in the more densely populated communities of St. Johnsbury and Newport, the only choice for most folks living in the rural environs of the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont is between DSL and satellite. That’s all changing now thanks to one of the state’s nascent Communication Union Districts (CUD), enabled by a 2015 Vermont law that allows two or more towns to join together as a municipal entity to build communication infrastructure.… Read More

Ohio Inches Closer to Ban on Municipal Broadband Projects

Date: 10 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the Ohio Senate passed its two-year $75-billion budget bill yesterday, it included an amendment that effectively bans the creation and operation of municipal broadband networks and other community-owned projects without much in the way of public debate. The move is drawing a lot of blowback, from cities in the state to local and national advocacy organizations to the Lieutenant Governor.… Read More

A Virginia Electric Cooperative is Building Broadband for Its Members

Date: 26 Apr 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Craig County, Virginia and the surrounding region is steeped in early American history. And now, thanks to the Craig-Botetourt Rural Electric Cooperative (CBEC), this corner of southwest rural Virginia has established a forward-looking outpost of Internet connectivity with the launch of a new Fiber-to-the-Home network. The first subscribers in Botetourt County already have the Bee Online Advantage as the co-op hopes to expand its high-speed offering across the seven counties in its 650 square-mile service area.… Read More

Going Wireless for Students and Seniors in Tucson

Date: 19 Feb 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the COVID crisis swept across Arizona and forced students to attend school remotely last spring, Boyce began to look for a way to ensure that the thousands of students who didn’t have Internet access at home wouldn’t be left behind. In a city with a population of about 530,000, an estimated 30 percent of city residents, or about 150,000 Tucsonans, don’t subscribe to wireline broadband. … Read More

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