Hey FCC: Time to Expand Unlicensed Spectrum!

Date: 16 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Remember that Washington Post story about bigger, free Wi-Fi networks? It went hugely viral with all manner of outlets picking the story up, unintentionally distorting it, and amplifying it. Some good has come of it. For one thing, I was reminded that Ars Technica does a really good job of tech reporting, better than anyone else … Read More

The Five Fundamentals for Future Telecommunications – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #32

Date: 5 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, is back on Community Broadband Bits to discuss five fundamental rules necessary to ensure we have a great telecommunications system that benefits everyone. Harold first appeared on our show in episode 23. Harold explains the Five Fundamentals here and includes a link to their full filing [pdf]. In … Read More

Franklin Municipal FiberNET Spurs Economic Development, Serves Government, in Kentucky

Date: 4 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Franklin, Kentucky expects to see more positive economic growth when it launches its new fiber optic network. According to an article in the Bowling Green Daily News, the south central community is ready for the upgrade: “We are super excited about it,” said James McCaslin, associate vice president of academic affairs and director of Franklin-Simpson Center. … Read More

Op-Ed: NC In Bottom of Broadband Barrel

Date: 29 Jan 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Common Cause’s Todd O’Boyle and myself have just published an opinion piece in the North Carolina News & Observer to highlight the foolishness of the General Assembly revoking local authority to build broadband networks. Todd and I teamed up for a case study of North Carolina’s most impressive fiber network, Greenlight, owned by the city of … Read More

Community Broadband Bits 28 – Bruce Kushnick

Date: 8 Jan 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you think the United States cannot afford to take a fiber optic cable to just about every home in the country, you might be surprised to find out that we have already paid for it. We just haven’t received it. Our first podcast guest in 2013, Bruce Kushnick of the New Networks Institute, explains the … Read More

After Buying NC Legislation, AT&T Kills NC Jobs

Date: 8 Jan 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill written by the cable and telephone industry (with help from ALEC), they probably didn’t expect AT&T to turn around and slash its local workforce. And yet, that is what AT&T has done: “Hey North Carolina, thanks for that monopoly, hope you don’t mind if we move a … Read More

Community Built Network Saves Local Jobs in Princeton, Illinois

Date: 4 Jan 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Kudos to Richard Downey, Village Administrator for the Village of Kronenwetter in Wisconsin. Mr. Downey reminded us that we have yet to write about the fiber network in Princeton, Illinois. While we have noted Princeton in our list of economic development successes, we haven’t delved into the network that serves the city, the schools, and the … 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 a case study by Todd O’Boyle and Christopher Mitchell titled Carolina’s Connected Community: Wilson Gives Greenlight … Read More

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