Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority

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

Boulder’s City Council is considering November ballot question to restore local authority for municipal telecommunications services. The measure, if passed, will create an exemption to the 2005 Colorado law allowing Boulder to better use its existing fiber optic infrastructure. Apparently, the Boulder community has a self-reliant streak. This is not the first time the Institute for … Read More

New Hampshire’s Local Press Advocates Conduit, Fiber to Prepare for the Future

Date: 29 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the wake of the Comcast Time Warner Cable proposed merger, an increasing number of local communities across the country are expressing their dissatisfaction with their broadband options. The Concord Monitor recently published an editorial suggesting the community prepare for publicly owned fiber. Concord’s main street will soon be excavated; the Monitor recognizes that this creates … Read More

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

Date: 28 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local news editors seem inspired by the current network neutrality debate at the FCC. Newsrooms considering the prospect of paid prioritization are reassessing the value of municipal networks. Not long ago, the Olympian ran an editorial offering the basics of municipal networks. Editors mentioned NoaNet, the statewide fiber project that brings access to a series of community … Read More

Connecting Arlington, From Anchors to Businesses – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #97

Date: 6 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Located just outside Washington DC, Arlington is the dense, high tech county that houses the Pentagon. This week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast features Arlington County CIO Jack Belcher. Having already built a top-notch fiber network to connect community anchor institutions, the County is now preparing to improve connectivity for local businesses. We discuss a range of … Read More

Resort Town In Utah Seeks Partner to Expand Economic Base with FTTH

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

Park City wants to be one of the first resort communities to employ an FTTH gigabit network. Currently, over 22 million visitors come to the northern ski town each year bringing approximately $500 million in tourist spending. The community of 7,600 permanent residents seeks to diversify its economic base. According to a recent Park City News … Read More

Crain’s New York Business: New York City Conduit Jam Packed

Date: 15 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Crain’s New York Business recently published an article on the crowded conduit under New York City. The article complements the April 7 edition of This Week in Crain’s New York podcast, hosted by Don Mathisen. Empire City Subway (ECS), the crumbling subterranean network of conduit for telephone wires constructed in 1888, is so crowded underground construction … Read More

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

Date: 8 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that ConnectArlington … Read More

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

Date: 27 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond to, … Read More

Processes for a Gigabit Community: Community Broadband Bits Episode 87

Date: 25 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

More communities are today considering how they can improve Internet access in their community than at any other time. Having a gigabit is quickly becoming the standard – not because we all need 1,000 Mbps but because we know that everything we want to do is possible on a gigabit connection. Video games aren’t going to … Read More

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