Mapping Colorado’s Internet Service Options

Date: 7 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We investigated Internet access in Colorado using the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Form 477 data. Many of the most rural areas of the state do not have any form of Internet access other than satellite or fixed wireless services. For our analysis, we exclusively looked into wireline Internet service because it is less weather-dependent than satellite or fixed wireless. We added county subdivisions onto our map to help readers differentiate between more urban and predominantly rural areas.… Read More

Community Broadband Bits Podcast: State Legislatures are Taking Action on Broadband

Date: 24 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

 This is episode 303(!) of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. We’re a little off kilter these days when it comes … Read More

Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More

Colorado Community Moves Toward Fiber for its Future Despite Monopoly Interference

Date: 17 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the wake of an enormous and well-funded disinformation campaign by Comcast, Fort Collins’ grassroots broadband growth is taking steps to improve connectivity for its residents. The city is openly asking for input from its residents because they know that local authority is better than distant companies controlling their future.… Read More

More Colorado Communities Vote in Favor of Local Broadband Authority as Legislators Dedicate Rural Broadband Funding

Date: 10 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Colorado last week, communities held spring elections if they needed to choose elected officials or ask voters to make decisions on local matters. In six rural communities, voters decided to join the almost 120 municipalities and counties around the state that have already voted to opt out of Colorado’s restrictive state law SB 152. Meanwhile, the General Assembly tried to help bring broadband to the state’s most rural areas.… Read More

A Rural Colorado Community is Enacting a Pilot Program to Connect Residents

Date: 29 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city’s network has provided open access fiber connectivity to municipal and county facilities, schools, community anchor institutions (CAIs), and downtown businesses for years. They officially launched the network in 2011 after serving public facilities and a few businesses on an as-needed basis. A 2015 expansion brought the network allowed Cortez to offer fiber connectivity to more premises. There are at least seven private sector ISPs using the infrastructure to offer services to local businesses.… Read More

Colorado Legislature Blocks Monopoly Tactic Against Municipal Broadband

Date: 26 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A bill making its way through the Colorado General Assembly is tackling one of the most effective tools that big incumbent ISPs use to secure their positions as monopoly Internet access providers – the right of first refusal. If HB 1099 passes, community leaders and advocates for a competitive broadband market will be able to put a chink in the monopoly armor. Other states may follow their lead.… Read More

Electric Cooperative Connects Rural Colorado to Fiber Internet, New Opportunities

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC) decided to invest in fiber for more efficient electrical operations, they also took the first step toward improving Internet access for residents and businesses in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. The cooperative is building a network for both members and local nonmembers in some of Colorado’s least populated and worst connected areas.

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Colorado State Senator Steve Fenberg on Local Power Versus Corporate Power (Episode 39)

Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder) talks with John Farrell about his history as a renewable energy activist and local control advocate and how he translates that work into his role in the state legislature.… Read More

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