Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

Date: 30 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance new … Read More

Whitewater Weighs Options for Municipal Broadband

Date: 10 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Whitewater, Wisconsin, a city of just under 15,000 people that sits midway between Madison and Milwaukee, is considering its options for establishing a municipal broadband utility. As reported by the local Daily Union newspaper, members of the city council, the community development authority, other local bodies, and the public met this week to hear a feasibility … Read More

Charlotte Media Eyes Salisbury’s Fibrant

Date: 25 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WSOC TV in Charlotte recently looked at Salisbury’s four-year-old Fibrant network. Reporter Tenikka Smith investigated what a municipal network could do for Charlotte. Charlotte is also one of the communities working with Google in hopes of having it expand to them. That interest has led AT&T to consider updating its comparatively pathetic DSL services as well. Smith spoke … Read More

Home Security Firm ADT Opposes Kentucky Bill to Eliminate Landlines

Date: 26 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February, we reported on another attempt by AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell, to eliminate plain old telephone service (POTS) in Kentucky. According to Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group, AT&T’s SB 99 is quickly moving ahead and may even be up for a full House vote at any time. Kentucky has fought to … Read More

Big Incumbents At It Again In Kentucky; Mimi Pickering in the Richmond Register

Date: 20 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yet again, lobbyists from AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell are lobbying state elected officials under the false guise of improving communications in Kentucky. In a Richmond Register opinion piece, Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group revealed the practical consequences of Senate Bill 99. Republican Senator Paul Hornback is once again the lead sponsor on the … Read More

Kansas Community Benefits from Community Owned Networks

Date: 4 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Even though the Kansas cable lobby have temporarily retracted their competition-killing telecom bill, we still want to highlight the benefits of preserving full home rule, local authority by focusing on a number of communities, including Chanute, Ottawa, and Erie. Chanute We have reported on Chanute’s municipal network for years. The community leveraged its electric utility assets and … Read More

High Speed in the Blue Grass State: Russellville’s Gig

Date: 23 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Logan Journal recently reported that the Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) now offers gigabit service to local businesses. The article notes that Net Index, an online tool to measure download and upload speeds, recognizes EPB as the first Gig city in Kentucky. To learn more about the community and its network, we talked with Robert White, … Read More

Auburn Essential Services; A Workhorse in Northeast Indiana Saves Jobs, Serves Public

Date: 3 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1985, Auburn Electric became one of the first communities in the midwest to deploy fiber. At the time, the purpose was to improve electric and voice systems substation communications within the municipal utility. That investment laid the foundation for a municipal network that now encourages economic development and saves public dollars while enhancing services. Auburn expanded … Read More

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