Cooperative Fiber Connects Northern Minnesota to Economic Opportunity

Date: 20 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As an increasing number of rural cooperatives make the decision to offer high-quality connectivity in their service areas, communities where local telephone and electric cooperatives already provide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) are seeing benefits today. Paul Bunyan Communications, offering broadband in Minnesota’s northwest region, has lured a new employer who will bring at least 150 new jobs to the area.… Read More

Missouri Cooperative Builds Fiber Network to Meet Local Needs

Date: 19 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The SEMO Electric Cooperative in southeastern Missouri recently announced that subscribers are hooked up and taking advantage of Fiber-to-the-Home in rural Scott County and in the towns of Miner, Advance, and Bloomfield. The co-op board saw that providing high-quality Internet access to was filling a demand that incumbents are not meeting, locals want, and assists the community.… Read More

Municipal Networks Make Good Neighbors: Michigan City Expands Fiber to Adjacent Community

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

Located about 15 miles northeast of Holland, the community of approximately 7,300 received a $1 million state grant to help pay for redevelopment in Hudsonville’s downtown. They’ve been working on the plan to make the area more walkable for more than 10 years in order to appeal to older residents and millennials. … Read More

Grassroots Group Forming to Take Action on Broadband in Massachusetts City

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

Upgrade Cambridge is a newly-formed grassroots broadband group that seeks to address one of the highest concerns of citizens in the city: broadband access. The new group will be used as a way to share information and spread the word about their initiative for a publicly owned fiber optic network.… Read More

Mapping Broadband Competition In Idaho

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

Broadband competition in Idaho, like many other states, is highly stratified and unequally distributed. Our latest mapping project details the actual level of broadband competition in the Gem State and details where Idaho’s population actually has access to high-quality Internet and where it firmly doesn’t, all while using the Federal Communications Commission’s shoddy data.… Read More

Port-Provided Broadband Partnership Bill Passed in Washington State

Date: 9 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week we reported about the uncertain position that faced Washington ports might find themselves in, should they decide to bring better connectivity to the areas within and around their service areas. We are pleased to learn that the state legislature saw the light and chose to pass the bill without the proposed harmful Senate amendments. It’s good news, but the final bill isn’t ideal.… Read More

Another Small Michigan Community Will Vote to Provide Local Broadband, Shirking Big Telecom

Date: 8 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When residents and business owners completed a survey in 2013 as the community considered what route to take, 70 percent of respondents said that their current ISP did not meet their needs; 95 percent expressed an interest in alternative choices for Internet access. Since then, community leaders have hired a consultant to develop a feasibility study and Sharon Broadband Yes, a grassroots group advocating for a fiber network, has formed to educate the public.

The group is asking voters to pass a broadband bond proposal to allow the community to issue $4.9 million in general obligation bonds to fund a fiber optic network project. … Read More

Central Vermont Communities Vote Yes on Combined Communications District

Date: 7 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A group of 13 communities in central Vermont decided to ask voters if they should combine their efforts to create a communications district that can address their woes on Internet connectivity by creating a regional fiber-optic network. By March 6th, twelve of thirteen communities who took up the proposal at Town Meeting passed it, and the thirteenth will address the subject in May.… Read More

Legislature Preferences Big Telephone and Cable Corporations Over Rural Tennesseans, Again…

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

Senator Janice Bowling has long been a champion for rural broadband in Tennessee. On March 6th, her bill SB 1045 came before the Tennessee Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the members chose not to advance the bill. Once again, big telephone and cable company interests win out over the needs of rural Tennesseans.… Read More

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