On the Media Devotes Segment to Municipal Broadband Networks

Date: 6 Nov 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

You may recall that we reported on Johnston’s last book, The Fine Print: How big companies use plain english to rob you blind. In this short interview from On the Media called “America’s Lagging Internet,” Johnston and Gladstone touch on how gigantic corporate interests and their political affiliates try to put a stop to municipal networks. … Read More

Community Broadband Bits 19 – John St. Julien from Lafayette

Date: 30 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Today we invited John St. Julien, of Lafayette Pro Fiber fame, on episode 19 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. John was an essential piece of the organizing effort in Lafayette’s efforts to build its own community fiber network. In many ways, he has worked to ensure the “community” piece is emphasized over the “fiber” piece. … Read More

Audio of Dirty Trick Push Poll in Lafayette from 2005

Date: 29 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We sometimes fail to communicate the great lengths to which big cable and telecommunications companies will go to intimidate and scare voters into opposing a community broadband projects. They have deployed a variety of dirty tricks and we have done a poor job of cataloging them. But a recent phone call with John St. Julien in … Read More

Community Broadband Bits 15 – Geoff Daily – FiberCorps

Date: 2 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Geoff Daily is an old friend of ours at Community Broadband Networks and he joins us for our 15th installment of the Community Broadband Bits audio show. He created a nonprofit organization, FiberCorps in Lafayette, Louisiana, to maximize usage of the LUS Fiber network owned by the community. Geoff and I discuss the importance of early … Read More

New Book Investigates How Big Companies Like AT&T Rip Us Off

Date: 29 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A  recent book by David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print, examines specifically how big companies have found ways to take advantage of the tax and regulatory systems to their benefit and to the detriment of consumers. The sad part – we don’t even realize it. Johnston discusses how big companies and their leaders exploit tax rules to re-distribute … Read More

Lafayette’s Community Fiber Video Discusses Local Benefits From Network

Date: 27 Sep 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The LUS Fiber network owned by the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, was profiled in this nine minute video from the FTTH Council Conference. LUS Fiber has been an inspiring network – overcoming tremendous opposition from Cox cable and AT&T (formerly BellSouth). It has long offered what I consider to be the best deal in broadband in … Read More

Open Technology Initiative Report Shows U.S. Lagging in Broadband

Date: 25 Jul 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation just released a report titled “The Cost of Connectivity.” The report, authored by Hibah Hussain, Danielle Kehl, Benjamin Lennett, Chiehyu Li, and Patrick Lucey examines 22 cities across the planet for speed, triple play offerings, and what consumers can get for $35. The results, unfortunately, are not … Read More

Broadband at the Speed of Light

Date: 9 Apr 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 12 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The fastest networks in the nation are built by local governments, a new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Benton Foundation reveals Chattanooga, Tennessee, is well known for being the first community with citywide access to a “gig,” or the fastest residential connections to the Internet available nationally. Less known are Bristol, Virginia, and … Read More

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