Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

Date: 31 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Vidalia joins the growing list of communities with plans to offer free Wi-Fi. A recent Miami Herald article reports on recent plans. Community leaders hope to get the project ready for launch in spring 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, hoped to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to build a … 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

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 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

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

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

Broadband and News Concerns in New Orleans

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

The news that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would dramatically cut back on its printed edition led to a fine article discussing the role of the digital divide as it becomes harder to live without access to the Internet. It’s harder to profit from the investment in broadband infrastructure in rural areas where fewer residents live further … Read More

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