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Community Broadband Networks Initiative Introduces New Program

Date: 18 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Determining if a publicly owned network is right for your community is a multi-step, complex process. Many factors will influence whether or not the residents, business owners, and local leaders in your community will want to make an investment in Internet access infrastructure. ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative is now working with NEO Partners, LLC,* to help local communities in the early phases as they consider investing in publicly owned infrastructure. For a limited time, a few select communities will receive special pricing to help spread the word about the Community Networks Quickstart Program. Apply by September 28th to be considered as one of the pilot communities.… Read More

These Minnesotans Are Fed Up With Internet Service from Frontier

Date: 14 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People in Wyoming, Minnesota, gathered together on September 12th to bend the ear of officials from the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation attended the meeting and recorded most of the conversation from the 100 or so frustrated and fed-up folks. The meeting was one of five organized by the PUC after a record number of complaints by incumbent telephone and Internet access provider Frontier.… Read More

Fact Sheet Explains Why “Satellite Is Not Broadband”

Date: 13 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As a nation our goal is ubiquitous broadband coverage so every person, regardless of where they live, can obtain the fast, affordable, reliable Internet access necessary for modern times. For people in rural areas, where large national wireline providers don’t typically invest in the infrastructure for high-quality connectivity, satellite Internet access is often their only choice. In our Satellite Is Not Broadband fact sheet we address some of the reasons why depending on satellite Internet access to serve rural America is a mistake.… Read More

September 28th Deadline for Broadband Projects

Date: 12 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In episode 320 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, aired on August 28th, we shared news about an opportunity regarding funding local Internet network infrastructure. Jase Wilson and Lindsey Brannon of Neighborly announced that the online investment platform had recently launched the Neighborly Community Broadband Accelerator. Applications to participate in the program close on September 28th, so we want to encourage local communities, Internet Service Providers, or community advocates interested in new ways to develop better local connectivity to check out the program.… Read More

A Full Day, A Full Schedule at New England Connect in Hartford

Date: 11 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The agenda for Connected New England has shaped up to be full of valuable information, which makes November 8th is a great time to visit Connecticut. If you live in the Nutmeg State, or one of the nearby states, the drive to Hartford will end with an impressive list of speakers and thoughtful panels. You can register here for “Connected New England: Local Solutions for Broadband Development,” to be held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.… Read More

This Michigan Township is Making High-Speed Internet Affordable

Date: 10 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re looking to move to a community with a relaxing, rural lifestyle and quality Internet access, then Lyndon Township in Michigan may have just jumped to the top of your list. Now that the community has chosen an ISP to serve the community via its publicly owned infrastructure and established the cost of service, they’re eager to start deployment.… Read More

Three More Colorado Towns Take Local Authority to the Ballot

Date: 6 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Three more Colorado communities’ fall ballots will ask voters to choose whether or not they want to reclaim local telecommunications authority. Erie, Fountain, and Salida will all ask voters this fall to opt out of the state’s SB 152, a law that more than 120 communities have already chosen to shed.… Read More

Tennessee City Nearing Completion of Broadband Project

Date: 5 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What started as a pilot project back in 2014 has consistently expanded to more addresses. Now the “Little Gig City” has put a date on when they expect to complete the final phase of their community-wide fiber network — early 2020. “Right now we feel like we’re kind of in the home stretch,” says Erwin Utilities fiber optic engineer John Williams.… Read More

Another Ohio City Interested in Municipal Broadband

Date: 3 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city of Solon, Ohio, has their eyes on Hudson, their neighbor about 10 miles to the south. Both communities have a population of around 23,000 but Hudson businesses have access to the publicly owned fiber network and community leaders are considering expanding the service to residents. In order to explore the idea further, Solon city leaders have decided to fund a feasibility study.… Read More

California Lawmakers Ease the Rules for Rural Networks

Date: 30 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Shortly after Republican FCC Commissioners repealed federal network neutrality protections late in 2017, state lawmakers began introducing legislation to protect their constituents. California’s AB 1999, introduced as one possible antidote to the FCC failure in judgment, passed the General Assembly on August 29th and is on its way to Governor Jerry Brown.… Read More

Dark Fiber Network in Indiana Popular with Local Businesses

Date: 27 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A newly operational dark fiber network, built by the city of Valparaiso, Indiana, is already proving to be a hot commodity for area businesses and institutions. Since going live in May of this year, ValpoNet has received dozens of inquiries from companies and organizations looking to build upon its unlit backbone.… Read More

Another Arkansas Cooperative Invests in High-Speed Internet

Date: 24 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural electric cooperatives in Arkansas are stepping up and making the investments to bring broadband connectivity to their members. We recently described plans taking shape from North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. This month, construction began in the northeast region on infrastructure that will provide both broadband access and improved smart grid technology in the eight counties of Craigshead Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC).… Read More

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