Author Susan Crawford on the Future of Fiber Connectivity in America

Date: 12 Feb 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s Chris Mitchell interviews Harvard Professor, author, and broadband champion Susan Crawford on her new book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution And Why American Might Miss It. Chris and Susan also discuss policy recommendations aimed at bringing better connectivity to rural and urban areas.… Read More

Christopher Mitchell Reviews “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It” by Susan Crawford

Date: 22 Jan 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative at ILSR, reviews Susan Crawford’s new book “Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution — And Why America Might Miss It.” The book revolves around several communities that will be familiar to anyone following community networks, but even people with only a casual interest in how to achieve the best Internet access will recognize some of the community names in Susan’s latest book.… Read More

Georgia City Now Offers Even Faster Internet Access to Residents

Date: 28 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a recent episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, host Christopher Mitchell spoke with Hank Blackwood from Dalton Utilities in Georgia about their publicly owned network, OptiLink. Hank described an upcoming milestone for the community of around 35,000 and a few surrounding rural areas with access to the network. Now it’s official — OptiLink is the first municipal network in the state that offers residential gigabit Internet access to subscribers.… Read More

Creative Sources For Funding Fiber Infrastructure Projects

Date: 27 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As interest in publicly owned broadband network infrastructure increases, local communities seek out new ways to fund municipal networks. The Creative Funding Sources For Fiber Infrastructure fact sheet presents new approaches, pros and cons, and provides examples for further study.… Read More

Massachusetts Town Moves Forward With Municipal Broadband Plans

Date: 21 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ninety miles west of Boston, the small town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, will soon have a new, municipal option for Internet access. In October, the South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network throughout the town of 17,000.… Read More

Colorado Town Leaders Decide to Move Forward on Publicly Owned Network Project

Date: 14 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Until November 6th, community leaders in Loveland, Colorado, vacillated between whether or not to hold a referendum for final voter approval on a muni project. Asking voters to make the final call can remove political uncertainty, but there are times when elected officials have to make the call themselves. When the city opted out of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152 three years ago, 82 percent of voters supported the measure. On November 6th, Loveland City Council vacated a previous order to put the issue on the ballot and decided that it’s time to move ahead on establishing a broadband utility.… Read More

Publicly Owned Network in Colorado Sees Major Success

Date: 5 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We knew that Longmonters loved their publicly owned network, but recent numbers show how many of them have shunned incumbents to switch. More than half of the market in Longmont has now signed up with NextLight. While NextLight subscribers enjoy fast, affordable, reliable connectivity from their network, benefits from competition are also creating a better environment for Longmonters who have stayed with the incumbents.… Read More

Chattanooga’s Broadband Network Surpasses 100,000 Subscribers

Date: 26 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this month, Chattanooga’s celebrated as municipal network EPB Fiber Optics announced that they now have more than 100,000 subscribers. The high numbers indicate that the network is serving more than 60 percent of premises in the EPB service area. EPB’s success also attests to the popularity of publicly owned Internet infrastructure that is accountable and responsive to the community that both own and use the network.… Read More

Massachusetts City To Get High-Speed Internet Access Sooner Than Expected

Date: 25 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chicopee, Massachusetts, is on its way to better connectivity through a publicly owned network after all. Chicopee Electric Light (CEL) has announced that the municipal utility plans to develop a pilot program yet this year to experiment with business connectivity. If all goes well, they have a long-term vision to also serve residents.… Read More

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