Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

Date: 24 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here and … Read More

Jim Baller Returns for Vol 3 of Muni Network History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #67

Date: 8 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are excited to continue our history series with Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Firm. This is Jim’s third time on the program, having joined us for Episode 57 and Episode 63. We continue our discussion with a recap of the events of 2004, including Jim’s work with Lafayette to find a compromise to … Read More

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

Date: 30 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the history … Read More

New Yorkers Envious of Lafayette and Chattanooga? Yes.

Date: 4 May 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a recent New York Daily New article, Scott Stringer wrote about the Big Apple’s tech employment trends. He noted that more tech related positions now come to the city but those jobs still tend to elude women and people of color. He suggests looking at New York’s own workforce and offering better science and technology … Read More

Publicly Owned LUS Fiber Network Attracts Another Business to Lafayette

Date: 28 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We recently learned that Tapes Again, a company that specializes in media reproduction and packaging, is moving to Lafayette, Louisiana, from Boulder, Colorado. The company is leaving its 20 year home to take advantage of LUSFiber’s incredible network. According to a Business Brief from TheAdvertiser.com: Tapes Again, a company started in Boulder, Colo., more than 20 … Read More

Lafayette Republicans and Democrats Joined Forces for Fiber

Date: 10 Dec 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, we published a case study that examined the LUS Fiber network and its origins. In it, we noted that both Republicans and Democrats backed the plan but here we focus on their resolutions in support. Back in early 2005, Lafayette was preparing for a referendum on whether the city owned utility should issue … Read More

ILSR Releases New Public Savings Fact Sheet

Date: 29 Nov 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This new resource shares real world examples of public savings directly connected to municipal networks. Publicly owned broadband networks provide opportunities for local savings to taxpayers. Local and regional governments find new and unexpected ways to cut costs when they build their own next-generation networks. In addition to saving connectivity fees for administrative facilities, local broadband … Read More

Community Networks and Economic Development Fact Sheet

Date: 7 Nov 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The new Fact Sheet highlights examples of job creation tied to community owned networks. ILSR continually encounters and collects data on economic development spurred by community networks. As demand for more capacity, better reliability and reasonable affordability continues to rise, commercial customers need options. This new economic development fact sheet documents only a few of the … Read More

ILSR Releases New Community Network and Economic Development Fact Sheet

Date: 7 Nov 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The new Fact Sheet highlights examples of job creation tied to community owned networks. ILSR continually encounters and collects data on economic development spurred by community networks. As demand for more capacity, better reliability and reasonable affordability continues to rise, commercial customers need options. This new economic development fact sheet documents only a few of the … Read More

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