Community Broadband Media Roundup – August 10

Date: 11 Aug 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail


Wired for speed by Mary Shinn, The Durango Herald



Newark exploring city-sponsored Internet by Xerxes Wilson, Delaware Online



Board eyes way to bring fiber optics to Triton Central by Andy Proffet, Shelbyville News


New York

State looks for opinions on telecommunications future by Craig Wolf, The Poughkeepsie Journal

Broadband initiative advances in Allegany County By Brian Meyer, WBFO

A key step was taken within the past week when the Board of Legislators approved a local law that will pave the way for the creation of a not-for-profit local development corporation to manage the system. Pullen says the LDC will ensure that the county will have some control over the system.

“We’re not a business. We’re government. So we don’t want the county to be operating that, but we want the county to ultimately have control,” Pullen said. “It owns this facility and wants it to be maintained and operated in the public interest.”


North Carolina 

Gigabites: Ting Scouts NC for New Gig Sites by Mari Sibley, Light Reading



Where broadband is a utility, 100Mbps costs just $40 a month by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

“Part of the culture of SandyNet is we view our citizens as owners of the utility,” City IT Director and SandyNet GM Joe Knapp told Ars in a phone interview. “We’ve always run the utility on a break-even basis. Any profits we do have go back into capital improvements and equipment upgrades and things like that.”



Chattanooga ISP Takes Aim at Ten Gigabit Broadband Speeds by Karl Bode, DSL Reports


General Broadband News

What have we learned from Google Fiber? by Blair Levin, C-Net

Another critical lesson, highlighted at last week’s hearing by the executive director of Next Century Cities, is the important role of local levers and leadership. While a federal deployment agenda is vital, what Google Fiber understood, and others such as my own organization, Gig.U, also exploited, was that the policies that most move the needle on lowering construction and operating costs are decided in city hall.

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