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Report: North Carolina Connectivity – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Date: 11 Oct 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

North Carolina’s digital divide between urban and rural communities is increasing dangerously in a time when high quality Internet access is more important than ever. Rural and urban areas of North Carolina are essentially living in different realities, based on … Read More

The Secrets Behind Partnerships to Improve Internet Access

Date: 14 Jul 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of US cities have broken up monopoly control of the Internet marketplace locally. They’re promoting entrepreneurship, and giving residents and businesses real choice in how they connect and reach new audiences. They’ve brought a new wrinkle to an … Read More

Minnesota’s Broadband Grant Program: Getting the Rules Right

Date: 12 May 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, MN —In its first two years of implementation, the Minnesota Border-to-Border program distributed $30 million to 31 rural Minnesota communities. But the state has not put enough money into the program and needs to put more focus on getting investment … Read More

RS Fiber: Fertile Fields for new Rural Internet Cooperative

Date: 18 Apr 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

21ST CENTURY FARMS REQUIRE 21ST CENTURY CONNECTIVITY. Denied Access by telephone and cable companies, they created a new model. Winthrop, MN — A new trend is emerging in rural communities throughout the United States: Fiber-to-the-Farm. Tired of waiting for real … Read More

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

Date: 9 Nov 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there … Read More

New Handbook on Next Generation Connectivity From Gig.U

Date: 30 Jul 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Gig.U, a collaboration of more than 30 universities across the country has just released The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth. The handbook, published in association with the Benton Foundation, is available … Read More

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to … Read More

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

Date: 30 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological … Read More

Minnesota Local Governments Advance Super Fast Internet Networks

Date: 19 Mar 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As in much of rural America, communities in Greater Minnesota struggle with connectivity. Some areas have no choice at all, forced to rely on dial-up or slow DSL. Others have an incumbent cable provider. A few local community leaders in … Read More

Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber Optic Network

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Santa Monica has built a fiber network called City Net that has lowered its own costs for telecommunications, helped to retain businesses, and attracted new businesses to the community. Built incrementally without debt, it offers a roadmap any community can … Read More

The Empire Lobbies Back: How Big Cable Killed Competition in North Carolina

Date: 3 Jan 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting network was recently examined in … Read More

Report: Community Network Leads North Carolina to Fast Internet Future

Date: 5 Dec 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Following the collapse of key industries, a town of 50,000 in eastern North Carolina had to make a hard choice. It wanted to support existing businesses and attract new ones but the cable and telephone companies were not interested in … Read More

In Kansas, Rural Chanute Built Its Own Gigabit Fiber and Wireless Network

Date: 2 Oct 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chanute first built a vision, then a network. The fiber network connects schools and other community anchor institutions with gigabit networks. The wireless network serves public safety. Soon, both may serve everyone. The “Hub of southeast Kansas” is a small … Read More

Florida Fiber: How Martin County Saves Big with Gigabit Network

Date: 20 Jun 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Martin County, Florida, is saving millions of dollars because it built a county-owned fiber optic network rather than continuing to lease connections from Comcast. ILSR’s latest report, Florida Fiber: Martin County Saves Big with Gigabit Network, reveals how Martin County … Read More

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