Oregon Community is Ready to Invest in Fiber for their Residents & Businesses

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In January, the City Council approved establishing a communications utility, creating a communications fund, and taking the necessary steps to develop a dig once policy in the city’s code. Elected officials had not yet decided if the community would pursue a city-wide network, but wanted to create an environment that would offer future options and encourage private sector partners to invest in Hillsboro.

The city already owns fiber optic resources that it uses for municipal facilities, schools, traffic signals, and other purposes. They plan to use that network as a foundation to expand in order to bring better connectivity throughout the community. With a wider network, Hillsboro hopes to adopt public Wi-Fi, better public safety notifications, and applications for smart-meters for utility services as well as real-time parking and traffic updates.… Read More

Tiny Massachusetts Town Takes a Stand for Local Internet Access

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With only around 500 residents in Alford, it’s no surprise that big incumbents decided the lack of population density didn’t justify investment in 21st century connectivity. By 2012 and 2013, the community had had enough; they decided to pursue their own solution with a municipal network. Alford voted to form a Municipal Light Plant (MLP), the entity that that manages publicly owned networks in Massachusetts.… Read More

Missouri Cooperative Builds Fiber Network to Meet Local Needs

Date: 19 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The SEMO Electric Cooperative in southeastern Missouri recently announced that subscribers are hooked up and taking advantage of Fiber-to-the-Home in rural Scott County and in the towns of Miner, Advance, and Bloomfield. The co-op board saw that providing high-quality Internet access to was filling a demand that incumbents are not meeting, locals want, and assists the community.… Read More

Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

Date: 16 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Now that they have removed the weight of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152, Greeley is looking forward to future solutions to poor Internet access. In a recent letter to the local Tribune, resident Richard Reilly offered three reasons why Greeley should develop a … Read More

Longmont Reduces Rate For Residential Gigabit Internet Service

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

In the midst of price increase announcements from Comcast and others for 2018, gigabit subscribers in Longmont, Colorado, are enjoying a price decrease from their publicly owned network, NextLight. Happy New Year As of January 1st, standard residential gigabit Internet access rates dropped from … Read More

SoCal City, Manhattan Beach, Considers Building Muni Network

Date: 12 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In southern California, the city of Manhattan Beach is considering creating a municipal broadband network to extend quality, affordable broadband to its residents and businesses. Advocating for Quality Internet Talk of the network surfaced from Information Technology director Sanford Taylor’s “Fiber Master … Read More

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

Date: 30 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers.… Read More

The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

Date: 28 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here.… Read More

Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities

Date: 3 Nov 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, MuniNetworks, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This op-ed was originally published in Next City on October 31st, 2017. As local economies suffer from market concentration in economic sectors ranging from retail to banking, cooperatives across industries are helping to strengthen communities and keep resources local. This … Read More

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