Tennessee Legislature Considers Four Pro-Muni Bills

Date: 24 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Even though there are several publicly owned networks in Tennessee, existing state statutes create barriers discouraging investment. This year, there is a movement at the state Capitol that may change the environment. The Jolt Digest and CivSource recently reported that four bills aimed at expanding municipal networks in Tennessee have strong support in Nashville. These Tennessee … Read More

On the Media Talks Cable Consolidation, Municipal Networks With Crawford and Baller

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

The possible merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the FCC’s recent announcement to review state barriers have created a significant buzz in the world of telecommunications. Two recent NPR interviews with Susan Crawford and Jim Baller provide insight into how the merger may affect consumers and why a new light is shining on municipal … Read More

Chattanooga’s Fiber Network Praised for Great Customer Service

Date: 17 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the main differentiator’s of community owned networks compared to the big cable and telephone companies is customer service. Being rooted in the community, vested in its success, and employing local residents just means better, more prompt service. A prominent Chattanoogan recently explained:  My last shout-out is to EPB Fiber Optics.  This is not a … Read More

EPB Offering Services Local Businesses Need

Date: 13 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

EPB in Chattanooga offers a service to business clients that offers a good reminder that local service providers have to be able to offer a variety of business services because different businesses have vastly different wants and needs. In 2012, the publicly owned utility began offering telephone service with cloud characteristics. The service saves money by … Read More

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

Date: 24 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here and … Read More

Chattanooga Cements Status as Best Network in the Nation

Date: 18 Sep 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber, a municipal FTTH system owned by the city’s electric power board, has dramatically lowered its prices for the gigabit connection and increased all Internet speed tiers. The slowest connection you can get from EPB Fiber is 100 Mbps symmetrical – and it comes at the same price that most cable tiers start at … Read More

Countering Crazy Talk, Volume 3, for Episode #62 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 3 Sep 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lisa Gonzalez and I are back with another back and forth reaction to some of the crazy claims made by opponents of community owned Internet networks. This is something we started with Episode 50 and continued in Episode 55. For volume 3 of our Crazy Talk series, we address some recent claims made in opinion pieces, … Read More

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber on Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #59

Date: 13 Aug 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate Communications … Read More

Knoxville Downtown Wondering ‘Where Is All the Broadband?’

Date: 1 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Knoxville Metro Pulse reporter Paige Hunton published a story last month about a common complaint from downtown residents and businesses – “Downtown Knoxville’s Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?” The problem worked its way from local talk to twitter and city leaders have met with residents and business owners to publicly discuss options. This is … Read More

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