Waverly: The Next Gigabit Community in Iowa

Date: 17 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Remember Waverly, Iowa? We introduced you to the town of 10,000 back in 2013 when they revived the community choice to develop a telecommunications utility. Recently in February, the Waverly Light and Power Board of Trustees approved a long awaited gigabit project reported American Public Power. According to a WLP press release, the $12 million project … Read More

FCC Opinion and Order Striking Down Local Authority Limits in TN and NC: Highlights

Date: 16 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FCC has found that it has the authority to remove aspects of Tennessee and North Carolina law that limit local authority to build or expand Internet networks. In short, states seem to retain the authority to restrict municipalities from offering service at all. However, if states allow local governments to offer services, then the FCC … Read More

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

Date: 16 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how Mount … Read More

Yolo County, California Ready for Better Broadband

Date: 13 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors in California voted unanimously recently to accept consultants’ recommendations to take steps improve broadband in the county. Some of those recommendations included investing in infrastructure to improve both urban and rural areas in the northern county.  The Davis Enterprise reported on the meeting from February 24th: With its diverse mix … Read More

International Media Covering NextLight Strides in Longmont

Date: 11 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Longmont’s NextLight is well known in the municipal networks space; now other media markets are starting to notice the most recent network in the Centennial State. CCTV America profiled the network recently, highlighting its importance to local businesses. CCTV spoke with a local tech business owner who had recently connected to the municipal network: Jon Rice … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 6, 2015

Date: 8 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Outlets are continuing to pick up on the fact that the FCC’s Community Broadband decision was a big one for the future of the Internet.  Community Broadband The Most Important Decision the FCC Made Last Week Wasn’t on Net Neutrality… By David Dayen, The New Republic …Telecoms have reacted to this wave of community broadband in ways … Read More

Isleboro, Maine, Will Vote to Bond for Municipal Network in May

Date: 5 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Isleboro, the Maine island community of 566, will decide in May whether or not they want to bond to build a municipal fiber network, reports The Working Waterfront. The network will be owned by the town who plans to partner with GWI to operate and manage it.  Currently, about 2/3 of residents on the island use … Read More

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

Date: 3 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that letter … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 27

Date: 28 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, the FCC made an historic decision in favor of municipal networks in Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC. Chris was in Washington, DC to witness the vote, hear the testimony, and celebrate the hard work of several organizations. As Brendan Sasso with the National Journal reported, “The issue is one of the most controversial that … Read More

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