Voters Approve Municipal Broadband in Small Iowa Town

Date: 3 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Looking at the Community Network Map, anyone can see that Iowa is filled with towns that have chosen to invest in publicly owned Internet infrastructure. On May 1st, the community of Pella took a step at the polls that will bring them a little closer to having a “pin” on our map. Ninety-two percent of those voting in the special election chose to authorize the City Council to establish a telecommunications utility.

Located in south central Iowa, Pella is about 40 miles south of Des Moines in Marion County. Pella Corporation and the Vermeer Manufacturing Company are the largest employers with Century College and the Pella Regional Health Center also retaining many people in the community. All of these large entities need fiber connectivity for different purposes.… Read More

Another Small Michigan Community Will Vote to Provide Local Broadband, Shirking Big Telecom

Date: 8 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When residents and business owners completed a survey in 2013 as the community considered what route to take, 70 percent of respondents said that their current ISP did not meet their needs; 95 percent expressed an interest in alternative choices for Internet access. Since then, community leaders have hired a consultant to develop a feasibility study and Sharon Broadband Yes, a grassroots group advocating for a fiber network, has formed to educate the public.

The group is asking voters to pass a broadband bond proposal to allow the community to issue $4.9 million in general obligation bonds to fund a fiber optic network project. … Read More

Central Vermont Communities Vote Yes on Combined Communications District

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

A group of 13 communities in central Vermont decided to ask voters if they should combine their efforts to create a communications district that can address their woes on Internet connectivity by creating a regional fiber-optic network. By March 6th, twelve of thirteen communities who took up the proposal at Town Meeting passed it, and the thirteenth will address the subject in May.… Read More

Local Authority Wins Across Colorado; Comcast Loses In Fort Collins

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

Voters in 18 19 Colorado communities chose local telecommunications authority with an average rate of 83 percent. In Fort Collins, voters weren’t swayed by rivers of cash Comcast threw at them in the final month leading up to a ballot issue to pave the way … Read More

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

Date: 2 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot.… Read More

Big Money & Lies: Incumbent Cable Monopolies Try To Confuse Fort Collins, Colo. Voters

Date: 25 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With their back against the wall, Comcast is pulling out it’s well manicured, sharp claws in Fort Collins, Colorado. Voters will be asked to approve measure 2B on November 7th, which would allow the city to take steps toward establishing … Read More

More Colorado Towns Put Municipal Broadband Question on The Ballot

Date: 23 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This November, more Colorado towns and counties will be voting on whether to opt out of the 12-year-old SB 152, a state law that restricts broadband development. Senate Bill 152 has hindered communities’ ability to invest in Internet infrastructure and provide service themselves or with private sector partners. Many communities are realizing that national carriers can’t be relied on to provide high-quality Internet access. To date, at least 98 communities across the state of Colorado have voted to reclaim local telecommunications authority by opting out of SB 152; a handful are considering actually pursuing a publicly owned network.… Read More

Fort Collins, Colo. Municipal Utility Ballot Language Lives Through Legal Challenge

Date: 2 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Fort Collins’ ballot measure that could amend the City Charter allowing high-speed Internet to become a municipal utility moves forward after a short legal scuffle. The question will be decided at the November 7th special election. Failed Legal Petition … 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 … Read More

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