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Community Broadband Bits 24 – Dr Browder of Bristol, Tennessee

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-bits-24-dr-browder-of-bristol-tennessee/

Dr Browder runs Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, the municipal utility on the southern side of Bristol’s Virginia border. For our 24th Community Broadband Bits podcast, he tells us how they built a FTTH network and how it has helped the community.

Like so many others, they started by seeking to ensure maximum reliability of the electrical grid. Now they offer telephone, television, and Internet access to the whole community. In fact, they just announced that they can offer a gigabit to anyone in the area, making them the fifth such city in America to have that level of service available. All of them are community networks.

One of the things Dr. Browder explains is how connecting all their schools with 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps connections has led to stronger schools and new opportunities for kids to learn.

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