Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

Date: 17 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture Place is a new cooperative workspace stirring innovation in the quaint downtown district of Morristown. Morristown … Read More

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

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

Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity In … Read More

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

Date: 15 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet access, … Read More

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

Date: 28 Aug 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Independent businesses are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity. But they’re disappearing in many places. This isn’t, in large part, because these businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policy and concentrated market power are working against them. In this policy brief, we present 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses have the opportunity to start, grow, and thrive.… Read More

Fond du Lac Band Builds Fiber Network in Northeast Minnesota

Date: 14 Aug 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Native nations are building community networks, owned and operated by tribal governments to ensure that Indian Country has high-speed Internet access. In July 2017, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe announced a plan to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to 900 homes that only had access to dial-up Internet service. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the Fond du … Read More

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Washington, DC

The history of solid waste and recycling in the District of Columbia is long and diverse. In the early years of the 20th Century low-income girls and women were hired to pick through garbage on sorting tables to recover materials. In the more recent past, recycling of newspapers and metals was a key fundraising tool for … Read More

Times Editors: Rural Virginia Deserves Better Connectivity

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

People who live in rural America have known for a long time that urban areas have better access to Internet services. Recently, however, the issue has become a hot topic of conversation and analysis by policy experts, lawmakers, and the telecommunications industry. In a recent editorial by Virginia’s Roanoke Times, the outlet’s leadership explained why “Third World … Read More

Frontier Is A No-Show: Rural Wisconsinites Looking For Promised Connectivity

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

It’s been about two years since the people of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, learned that Frontier Communications received federal funding to expand Internet access in their region. Now, they’re wondering why Frontier has still not started construction of promised infrastructure. A Long Road To Nowhere The community has been seeking ways to improve local connectivity for years. Back … Read More

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

Date: 8 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The communities of Calais and Baileyville in Maine are joining forces and investing in fiber optic infrastructure. Recently, the city councils in both communities along with the local economic development corporation decided to construct a publicly owned dark fiber network. They’ve also chosen a local firm to construct it. Dark Fiber The idea for the project started in 2015 when the Downeast Economic … Read More

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