Next Century Cities Launch Webcast on October 20

Date: 8 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipalities are increasingly realizing they need to take steps to ensure fast, affordable, reliable Internet access for local citizens. Some are doing the work themselves with publicly owned projects while others seek public-private partnerships. In order to capitalize on collaboration, a group of city leaders are now forming Next Century Cities. On October 20, 2014, they … Read More

Louisiana Municipal Association Passes Resolution in Favor of Restoring Local Authority

Date: 3 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Louisiana Municipal Association is the latest organization to officially support the FCC’s ability to restore local authority. The group represents 305 village, town, city, and parish members. Their Executive Board unanimously passed the resolution on July 30 and recently shared it with the FCC: WHEREAS, the universal availability of affordable high speed Internet access for … Read More

Three New Companies Move to the Silicon Bayou

Date: 22 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past few months, Lafayette has drawn in three high tech companies that will create approximately 1,300 well-paying positions. In addition to the community’s commitment to boost its high-tech workforce, better connectivity offered by LUS Fiber helped attract the new businesses. According to a Daily World article, the most recent addition is Perficient, Inc. The … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 12

Date: 15 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, you might have been tripped up by some infuriating “spinning wheels of death” on the Internet, but don’t worry, the slow-down was largely symbolic— at least for now. Fierce Telecom covered the Internet Slowdown Day protest on Wednesday, organized by “Battle for the Net.” It was designed to bring attention to what will happen if … Read More

Chattanooga Profiled in Al Jazeera America

Date: 25 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“There are companies that do what we do, but we can do it in hours, and they can take weeks,” said Posey. “Anywhere else, it would take a lot more time and a lot more money … Chattanooga is essential to our business model.” Al Jazeera America’s Peter Moskowitz recently spoke with Clay Posey, one of … Read More

Gigabit in Lafayette From Community Fiber Now $70/Month

Date: 4 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

LUS Fiber recently announced it now offers residential symmetrical gigabit services for $69.95 per month when purchased as part of its triple-play. In addition to the new speed tier, LUS Fiber will double speeds for current customers for a modest increase of $5 per month. Claire Taylor of the Advertiser reports that every customer will see … Read More

MAG-Net Hosts Community Networks Discussion With Christopher

Date: 29 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) recently hosted a Community Cohort Call titled Tech In The City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access. Chris Mitchell, Andrea Figueroa Martinez, John St. Julien from Lafayette, and other community broadband advocates discuss the current state of U.S. broadband infrastructure. Chris offers perspective on monopolistic behavior from current mega providers … Read More

Advice for Starting a Community Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #94

Date: 15 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Community Broadband Bits podcast this week focuses on what people can do to start building a grassroots effort for a network in their community. John St Julien of Lafayette, Louisiana, returns to the show to discuss what they did and ideas for others to follow. John was last on the show for episode 19, where … Read More

On the Media Talks Cable Consolidation, Municipal Networks With Crawford and Baller

Date: 10 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The possible merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the FCC’s recent announcement to review state barriers have created a significant buzz in the world of telecommunications. Two recent NPR interviews with Susan Crawford and Jim Baller provide insight into how the merger may affect consumers and why a new light is shining on municipal … Read More

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