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 … 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 … Read More

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

Date: 19 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband … Read More

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

Date: 13 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just … Read More

New Report Details Local Government Efforts to Improve Minnesota Connectivity

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

In our latest report, All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access, we analyze how local governments in 12 Minnesota communities are expanding 21st century Internet access to their citizens. In 2010, the Minnesota legislature … Read More

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

Date: 9 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband … Read More

Missoula Pursues Open Access Fiber for Jobs – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 112

Date: 19 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year’s Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. … Read More

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