Another Ohio City Interested in Municipal Broadband

Date: 3 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The city of Solon, Ohio, has their eyes on Hudson, their neighbor about 10 miles to the south. Both communities have a population of around 23,000 but Hudson businesses have access to the publicly owned fiber network and community leaders are considering expanding the service to residents. In order to explore the idea further, Solon city leaders have decided to fund a feasibility study.… Read More

Ohio Legislators are Ready for Rural High-Speed Internet

Date: 21 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the many states where legislators introduced broadband bills in 2018 was Ohio, where HB 378 appeared to offer a promising answer to funding rural broadband deployment. The bill obtained bipartisan support as it passed through several committees, but prior to the legislature’s summer break, enthusiasm cooled.… Read More

Successful Ohio Community Broadband Networks Collaborate to Expand Connectivity

Date: 18 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In June, the city of Fairlawn and the Medina County Fiber Network in Ohio recently announced that they would soon begin working together, which expand FairlawnGig, the city’s municipal network. The collaboration will boost connectivity in the region for residents and provide more options for businesses in Akron and surrounding communities.… Read More

Ohio Residents Exercise Community Choice to Bill Themselves for Public Solar — Episode 56 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 5 Jul 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Residents of Athens, Ohio, recently passed a carbon fee ballot initiative that will add 0.2 cents per kilowatt hour to electricity costs. On this episode of Local Energy Rules, Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative John Farrell speaks with UpGrade Ohio’s information and outreach director Mathew Roberts about this first-of-its-kind carbon fee and how a community-run energy utility made it possible.… Read More

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

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