Cooperative Fiber Brings High-Speed Internet Access to Rural Ohio

Date: 20 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

CC has served rural and farming communities north of Columbus since the 1930s. It currently provides electric in Delaware and Morrow counties, as well as slices of six other surrounding counties. It also provides some fiber access to area school districts and businesses through its brand Enlite, partially by harnessing CC’s electric infrastructure.

Last October in a Facebook post, CC cited a member survey wherein “many members in our serving area report insufficient access to reliable Internet service.” The co-op says it’s broken ground on constructing its new fiber network earlier this spring, and will begin offering services sometime in June for select high-need clients in western Delaware County.… Read More

In Response to Federal Inaction on Internet Access, Cleveland Heights Considers Municipal Broadband

Date: 29 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like other local communities around the country, Cleveland Heights in Ohio is beginning a conversation about the possibility of publicly owned Internet infrastructure. The impending loss of federal network neutrality protections, the desire to compete with other communities, and ensuring digital equality, are several issues local leaders consider most important.… Read More

In North-Central Ohio, Community Leaders Ask Voters to Approve Expansion of Municipal Fiber Network

Date: 8 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hudson is like many other small cities, in that large national providers don’t see a justification for investing in fiber in non-urban residential areas. With a population of around 24,000, the community needs to remain competitive. Hudson began with fiber optic infrastructure to municipal facilities, which they built out incrementally over a period of about ten years. By 2015, they had started offering gigabit service to businesses, which have embraced the faster, more reliable service. By the fall of 2016, they were ready to issue an RFP for a feasibility study to examine a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network.… Read More

Community Broadband Bits Podcast: State Legislatures are Taking Action on Broadband

Date: 24 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

 This is episode 303(!) of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. We’re a little off kilter these days when it comes … Read More

Ohio House Bill Would Address Rural Broadband Access, Encourage Local Investment

Date: 13 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lawmakers in Ohio are slowly advancing a proposal to help fund rural broadband deployment. The House Bill has similarities to Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Program, and, as it is proposed, it will infuse $100 million in to broadband deployment ecosystem over the next two years. It’s a welcome lift for rural areas struggling to fend off economic dilemmas.… Read More

Franklin County Infrastructure Bank to Invest in Grove City, Ohio’s Fiber Network

Date: 10 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On August 1, 2017, the Franklin County Infrastructure Bank awarded Grove City, Ohio a $2 million loan to support their construction of a municipal fiber optic network. The Grove City Plan According to the city’s Request for Proposal (RFP), the city is … Read More

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

Date: 26 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference.… Read More

Ohio State Lawmakers Look to Minnesota for Broadband Development Ideas

Date: 11 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two Ohio State Senators are taking a page from Minnesota’s playbook to expand rural broadband connectivity. Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Republican Sen. Cliff Hite recently announced that they would be introducing legislation to create a grant program modeled after the … Read More

Cleveland Residents File Discrimination Complaint Against AT&T

Date: 1 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Large, corporate providers like AT&T have to make shareholders happy, which is why they shy way from investing in regions where they don’t expect much profit. Routinely, those areas include sparsely populated rural communities and urban neighborhoods traditionally considered low-income. … Read More

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