Community Broadband Pushed Out of Pinetops, N.C.

Date: 30 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After the North Carolina legislature has pulled out all the stops in keeping rural Pinetops from gaining and keeping municipal broadband connectivity by nearby Wilson’s Greenlight network for-profit ISP Suddenlink is stepping in to connect this community. This overview explains how the situation got to this point and the disparate power at play.… Read More

Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

Date: 16 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Now that they have removed the weight of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152, Greeley is looking forward to future solutions to poor Internet access. In a recent letter to the local Tribune, resident Richard Reilly offered three reasons why Greeley should develop a plan to move toward municipal broadband. Reilly’s points are: First and foremost, net neutrality must be … Read More

Community Of Coulee Dam Acquires Local Fiber For Future

Date: 29 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The central Washington community of Coulee Dam took a significant step this month to establishing its own fiber optic network. At a December 27th special city council meeting, they announced that they had purchased one mile of fiber optic cable and equipment from Basin Broadband, LLC, for $34,995. According to The Star, the former owners had … Read More

ILSR Moderates Workshop at the National League of Cities Conference on “Creating a City Where Small Businesses Thrive”

Date: 5 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A thriving small business sector leads to more job growth, less inequality, higher median incomes, and stronger social bonds in your community. Yet aspiring entrepreneurs don’t have it easy. To help city leaders address the challenges facing independent businesses, ILSR organized and moderated a workshop at the City Summit 2017 conference put on by the National League of Cities in November.… Read More

Wilson, North Carolina’s Fiber Network Headlines Economic Development Plan

Date: 20 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wilson has made their community-owned Greenlight fiber network central to their economic development plan, a move that may forge a new approach for other communities with similar assets. Revitalization Efforts In 2008, when Wilson’s Greenlight community network first launched, the Federal Communications Commission ranked North Carolina last in the nation in percentage of households subscribing to at least … Read More

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

Date: 10 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good The … Read More

Mount Washington, Mass. Lights Its Fiber Network at Last

Date: 6 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After a long and arduous process, the folks in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, were finally able to light up their publicly owned fiber optic network last week. According to resident and Select Board Chair Eleanor Tillinghast, “We are thrilled. We’re going to be the envy of everyone.” It’s Finally Here As we reported last month, the community was eagerly anticipating the … Read More

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

Date: 24 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project.… Read More

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