Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

Date: 10 May 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The final … Read More

Leverett Starts to Light Up in Massachusetts

Date: 20 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The celebrated municipal network in Leverett, Massachusetts, is starting to serve select areas of the community. Customers’ properties on the north side of town are now receiving 1 gigabit Internet service from the town’s partner Crocker Communications. These early subscribers are considered “beta sites.” Telephone service will become available when the network has been fully tested. … Read More

Tale of Comcast Woe

Date: 9 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ideally, working from home allows one to choose the environment where he or she can be most productive. In the case of Seth that was Kitsap County in Washington State. Unfortunately, incompetence on the part of Comcast, CenturyLink, and official broadband maps led Seth down a road of frustration that will ultimately require him to sell … Read More

Freedom to Connect – Long Term Muni Strategies

Date: 2 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you were not able to attend Freedom to Connect in New York on March 2 – 3, you can now view archived video of presentations from Chris and others. Now that the FCC has made a determination that may change the landscape of Internet access, it is time to consider the future of municipal networks. … Read More

Bar Harbor, Maine, Studies Muni Fiber to Replace Time Warner Cable Franchise

Date: 30 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For the past several months, Maine communities have been a hotbed of broadband activity. Bar Harbor, located midway along the state’s Atlantic coast, is another community looking at fiber as a necessary investment.  According to a February article in the Mount Desert Islander, the town of 5,200 has decided to move forward with a feasibility study. … Read More

Amherst, Massachusetts Exploring Fiber for Economic Development Downtown

Date: 27 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) recently hired a firm to prepare an engineering study aimed at bringing fiber connectivity to its downtown reports MassLive.  In 2007, the community began offering free Wi-Fi downtown after receiving a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a wireless … Read More

Center for Public Integrity and Reveal Radio Get Into the Trenches of Local Choice

Date: 18 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Center for Public Integrity has followed the local choice debate closely. Their team has travelled to Tennessee and North Carolina to talk to lawmakers, visited communities seeking high-speed networks, and dug deep into the source of influential campaign funds. Allan Holmes and his team have assembled a collection of articles and audio that offers the … Read More

Bozeman’s Public-Private Approach In-Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 142

Date: 17 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week with Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director for the city of Bozeman; David Fine, Bozeman Economic Development … Read More

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

Date: 16 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how Mount … Read More

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