Colorado Town Looking for Private Sector Partner to Improve Connectivity

Date: 19 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In early December, the city of Cortez, Colorado, released a request for proposals in their search for a private sector partner to help bring last mile fiber connectivity to premises throughout the community. The city is seeking a way to bring high-quality Internet access to the entire community, but will not expand it’s municipal fiber infrastructure. They’re looking for ways to overcome some of the same challenges other small communities face as they attempt to improve local connectivity to every premise.… Read More

Fiber Network Boosts Maryland High Schoolers’ Tech Skills

Date: 28 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When communities deploy Internet access infrastructure, they use their investment to reduce costs for telecommunications, improve local connectivity, and encourage economic development. In Westminster, they’re also using their fiber optic network to boost local high school students’ tech skills in a fun and creative way. The community is using publicly owned fiber optic “magic” to multiply their youth’s opportunities.… Read More

Public Entities in Washington County Partner in Connecting their Communities

Date: 31 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Public entities in Skagit County, Washington, are joining forces to improve connectivity in rural areas while developing infrastructure to connect the entire county. Earlier this month the Port of Skagit and the Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) entered into an agreement to form an entity to develop an open access network in keeping with the county’s strategic fiber plan.… Read More

Washington State Legislation Paves Way for Fiber Network Deployment

Date: 5 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In March, Washington state legislators passed HB 2664 and sent it on to Governor Jay Inslee, who signed the bill on March 22nd. In the Port of Ridgefield, where the community has been developing plans for a dark fiber network, the community had advocated for the change. Now that the law will be changing for the better, they’re ready to pursue the partnerships they need to spur economic development and improve connectivity for residents and businesses.… Read More

Port-Provided Broadband Partnership Bill Passed in Washington State

Date: 9 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week we reported about the uncertain position that faced Washington ports might find themselves in, should they decide to bring better connectivity to the areas within and around their service areas. We are pleased to learn that the state legislature saw the light and chose to pass the bill without the proposed harmful Senate amendments. It’s good news, but the final bill isn’t ideal.… Read More

A Thanksgiving Feast Of Municipal Fiber Models

Date: 22 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like some of the foods on a traditional Thanksgiving Day table, different publicly owned network models uniquely suit the needs of their communities. We all have our favorite dish from a holiday dinner, which made us reflect on some of the characteristics of five of the most well known models and their benefits. We found fun comparisons to share with readers who understand the way publicly owned fiber optic networks nourish the communities they serve.… Read More

The Secrets Behind Partnerships to Improve Internet Access

Date: 14 Jul 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of US cities have broken up monopoly control of the Internet marketplace locally. They’re promoting entrepreneurship, and giving residents and businesses real choice in how they connect and reach new audiences. They’ve brought a new wrinkle to an … Read More

Blue Ribbon Panel: The Public and Private Sectors Working Together

Date: 8 Jun 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like electricity in the last century, advanced communications services and capabilities can become the drivers and enablers of simultaneous progress in economic development, education, government services, digital equity, and just about everything else that matters most to our communities. This … Read More

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