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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2017

Comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Home Map of Kentucky, New Resource

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comprehensive-fiber-to-the-home-map-of-kentucky-new-resource/

From the rolling Appalachian Mountains to bustling city streets, Kentucky has it all, including gigabit (1,000 Mbps) service from Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks. That’s right, Kentucky – the state that is often used as shorthand in America politics to talk about coal country and poverty – actually has some of the fastest, most reliable Internet service in the entire country. We put together this map using the latest data sets available from the FCC to highlight how much of rural Kentucky has the gold standard in high-speed Internet service. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2017

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/kentuckywired-partners-poles-and-problems-plague-broadband-project/

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/verizon-will-cut-off-rural-subscribers-in-thirteen-states-you-listening-fcc/

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2017

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-cooperative-expands-across-border-into-kentucky/

A Tennessee communications cooperative will soon bring fiber connectivity to Kentucky’s Warren County. North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) will offer high-quality Internet access via gigabit (1,000 Megabits per second) connectivity via its North Central Communications, Inc., subsidiary.   Starting With New Construction NCTC will start in a new subdivision and has already installed fiber prior to new… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Court Sides With Louisville: One Touch Make Ready Is A-Ok

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/court-sides-with-louisville-one-touch-make-ready-is-a-ok/

Louisville has overcome a tall hurdle in its efforts to bring better connectivity and more competition to the community through local control. On August 16th the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky supported the city’s one touch make ready (OTMR) ordinance. AT&T challenged the ordinance in court, but their arguments fell flat… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

The Many Networks of Williamstown, Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-many-networks-of-williamstown-kentucky/

Among the rolling hills and mountains of Appalachia sits the small city of Williamstown, Kentucky, in central Grant County. Home to about 3,500 people, Williamstown is the center of connectivity for the county. The city’s fiber provides high-speed connectivity to local businesses, while its long-running cable network keeps folks connected in the town. Williamstown operates a small Fiber-to-the-Home… Continue reading

Featured Article, Event, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 20, 2017

Watch Video From Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-video-from-appalachian-ohio-west-virginia-connectivity-summit/

If you weren’t able to make it to the Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit in Marietta, Ohio, on July 18th or if you’re just interested in learning more about improving connectivity in rural areas, you can still almost be there. Video of Christopher’s keynote address is available to view. The event occurred on July 18th at… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Access Appalachia: Internet Access for Rural America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/access-appalachia-internet-access-for-rural-america/

Check back on MuniNetworks.org’s Resource Page frequently for updates to Internet access in the Appalachian region. This is the central hub for ILSR’s research on Internet access around the Appalachian United States. We have compiled federal statistics on broadband availability and federal subsidies for large Internet Service Providers. We’ve created detailed maps of 150 counties… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessees-tri-county-electric-cooperative-to-build-high-speed-internet-network/

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will be the first year of construction for the cooperative after several years of planning. Tri-County… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2017

One Touch Make Ready: Model Language In Three Cities And Counting…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/one-touch-make-ready-model-language-in-three-cities-and-counting/

One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) policies are recognized as a way to cut down on the expense and the time it takes to deploy fiber optic networks. At least three sizable urban communities have adopted OTMR practices to streamline fiber optic construction and ensure consistent standards. For other communities looking at ways to encourage brisk fiber… Continue reading