FCC Chairman Genachowski Once Again Praises Muni Broadband

Date: 30 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just this week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski highlighted the success of Chattanooga at a speech at VOX Media and SBNation on Winning the Global Broadband Race. From his speech (the entire speech in PDF format is available here): First, as we said in our National Broadband Plan, we need “innovation hubs” with ultra-fast broadband, with speed … Read More

"How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City" Archive Now Available

Date: 19 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, Christopher Mitchell of ILSR joined other broadband and municipal network experts to present the webinar “How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City” from the National League of Cities. Christopher was joined by Kyle Hollified, VP Sales/Marketing, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Bristol; Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in … Read More

EPB Fiber Increases Residential Speeds at No Extra Cost

Date: 18 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber just announced that current customers will receive a bump up in speed at no extra cost for its FI-Speed Internet service. Residential customers on three separate tiers will automatically receive an increase in speed with no increase in price. The upgrade has already happened and customers can immediately take advantage of the new … Read More

Chattanooga Gets 150 More Jobs… From Comcast

Date: 23 Aug 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just on the heels of Time Warner Cable announcing 81 new jobs in Kansas City in response to the newly competitive environment created by Google’s Gig, we learned that Comcast is adding more jobs to its workforce in Chattanooga. In talking points, the lobbyists and spokespeople for these major carriers often claim that community networks will … Read More

Research Sharing, Translation, Big Winners At GigTank

Date: 16 Aug 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, GigTank Demo Day ended Chattanooga’s 14 week GigTank program. The GigTank was an initiative designed to highlight Chattanooga’s gigabit network, the fastest citywide broadband network in the nation. Twelve judges from a variety of tech giants analyzed ideas from eight teams and eleven students. The event awarded $100,000 to Banyan and $50,000 to student … Read More

The Economist Understands Community Broadband

Date: 11 Aug 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The conservative, eminently pro-capitalist publication The Economist understands why community broadband is important. “The Need for Speed” discusses Kansas City and Chattanooga — two of the best broadband networks in the nation. But while others have become stuck on the wrong question — “what can you do with a gig,” The Economist recognized what is important. This … Read More

The Economics of the Google Gigabit

Date: 30 Jul 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the excitement around Google’s unveiling of the $70 gigabit broadband connection in Kansas City, some may be wondering how it is that Google can offer a gigabit for moderately more than what most of us pay for far slower cable broadband connections. On one side of the equation is the fact that big cable companies … Read More

Open Technology Initiative Report Shows U.S. Lagging in Broadband

Date: 25 Jul 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation just released a report titled “The Cost of Connectivity.” The report, authored by Hibah Hussain, Danielle Kehl, Benjamin Lennett, Chiehyu Li, and Patrick Lucey examines 22 cities across the planet for speed, triple play offerings, and what consumers can get for $35. The results, unfortunately, are not … Read More

Government Technology Video Focuses on Chattanooga Community Fiber

Date: 10 Jul 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Government Technology interviews some local officials in Chattanooga about its network – the nation’s first network offering 1 gigabit connections throughout the entire community. The slowest Internet connection available, 30/30 Mbps, is available in bundles that rival Comcast and AT&T in price. But the Comcast and AT&T services are pathetic in comparison – particularly when it … Read More

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