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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Utah Fiber Network Expanding To Non-Member Towns, Connecting Rural Utahns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/utah-fiber-network-expanding-to-non-member-towns-connecting-rural-utahns/

The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency’s (UTOPIA) regional fiber network serves communities in the north central region of the state. Without the publicly owned network, it’s doubtful the eleven communities served would have access to high-quality Internet access. It’s almost certain they wouldn’t be able to choose between so many providers who operate on UTOPIA’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2017

Columbia County, Georgia: Community And Network Grow Together

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/columbia-county-georgia-community-and-network-grow-together/

Local officials in Columbia County, Georgia, wanted better public safety communications, synchronized traffic signals, and better connectivity for government facilities. They decided the best strategy was a publicly owned network and their decision is creating opportunities they hadn’t anticipated. When he considers how the county expanded its fiber network to improve economic development, education, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2015

P3 between Westminster and Ting is “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/p3-between-westminster-and-ting-is-community-broadband-innovative-partnership-of-the-year/

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) recently named the public private partnership (P3) between the City of Westminster, MD and Ting Inc. as 2015’s “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year.”  NATOA will officially honor the partnership at their Community Broadband Awards ceremony in San Diego this week. In a press release NATOA… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2015

Freedom to Connect – Long Term Muni Strategies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/freedom-to-connect-long-term-muni-strategies/

If you were not able to attend Freedom to Connect in New York on March 2 – 3, you can now view archived video of presentations from Chris and others. Now that the FCC has made a determination that may change the landscape of Internet access, it is time to consider the future of municipal… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2015

Bozeman’s Public-Private Approach In-Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 142

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bozemans-public-private-approach-in-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-142/

In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week with Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director for the city of Bozeman; David Fine, Bozeman Economic… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2015

Reaction to the FCC Decisions, Dissent, and Next Steps – Community Broadband Bits Episode 141

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/reaction-to-the-fcc-decisions-dissent-and-next-steps-community-broadband-bits-episode-141/

After the FCC decisions to remove barriers to community networks and to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service to enforce network neutrality rules, Lisa and I spend some time discussing the decision and reactions to it. We also discuss my presentation at Freedom to Connect, where I offer some thoughts on what communities… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

Dakota County Considering Expanding to Open Access for Businesses, Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dakota-county-considering-expanding-to-open-access-for-businesses-residents/

In a recent meeting of the Dakota County Administration, Finance and Policy Committee, Dakota County’s Network Collaboration Engineer David Asp provided an update to Commissioners on the status of their broadband plan. Dakota has saved millions of dollars with their network through collaborative efforts, innovative dig-once approaches, and specially deveoped software. As part of its… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missouri-senate-committee-hears-anti-muni-bill-private-companies-groups-vote/

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we reported on HB 437, introduced by House Member Rocky Miller. Its Senate companion, which establishes… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/city-council-moves-forward-on-muni-project-in-ellsworth-maine/

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2015

An Update on Utah’s UTOPIA Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/an-update-on-utahs-utopia-open-access-network/

For the facts on all things UTOPIA, we turn to Jesse Harris at FreeUTOPIA.org. In his latest post, he provides an excellent bullet list of the key factors in Macquarie’s Milestone 2 proposal. An excerpt From his post: The final cost per address is estimated at $22.60 per month. Macquarie estimates that re-working the deal to… Continue reading