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

Illinois City to Expand Fiber-to-the-Home Network to Residents in 2019

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

The city of Rock Falls, Illinois, will begin building out their fiber network to residential customers in early 2019. Local businesses are already using the network, which offers gigabit connectivity, a huge upgrade from the 10 – 20 Megabits per second (Mbps) download previously available from Comcast…… Read More

Charlemont Chooses Community-Owned Fiber Over Comcast

Date: 13 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The people of Charlemont, Massachusetts, are ready to pay approximately $1.5 million to own broadband infrastructure rather than shell over $462,000 to Comcast for cable Internet access in their community. At a packed December 6th town meeting, voters showed up to handily defeat the proposal from the cable giant and express their support for a publicly owned fiber optic network.… 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

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

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