Longmont to Vote a 3rd Time on Fiber Network

Date: 26 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Longmont community will soon have the chance to decide how quickly they want ubiquitous FTTH. On July 23rd, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to ask voters in a referendum if they want to bond for funds to speed up construction of the LPC fiber network. Absent bond financing, the network will expand much … Read More

Opelika, Alabama On the Verge of Municipal FTTH

Date: 17 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We last checked in with Opelika, Alabama, as they began testing their FTTH network in a pilot project. The community previously overcame Charter Cable’s campaign of lies and passed a referendum. Voters approved the plan for a $41 million fiber optic communications and smart grid network. The community has been constructing the network, expanding testing, and … Read More

Winchester, Massachusetts, Defeats Plan for Town and School Technology Fund

Date: 10 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Winchester, Massachusetts, recently offered voters the chance to create a special fund earmarked for school and government technology infrastructure. The question came during the special election to fill an empty Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. The technology fund proposal, to be funded by taxpayers, did not pass but offers an interesting approach … Read More

Small Iowa Town’s Telecom Utility Long Time Coming: Broadband Bits #53

Date: 8 Jul 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the vote, … Read More

Waverly Waits 13 Years to Build Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #53

Date: 2 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the vote, … Read More

Silverton, Colorado, Breaks Ground in First Phase of Regional Network

Date: 28 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2010, Silverton, Colorado, decided to build a fiber-optic loop for savings and better connectivity in rural San Juan County. At the time, Qwest (now CenturyLink) provided a microwave connection to the town of around 630 residents. After taking state money to connect all the county seats, Qwest decided to take fiber to everyone except Silverton, … Read More

Longmont Leaders Understand Need for Network

Date: 26 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Longmont, Colorado, kept its eye on the prize. City leaders’ vision, to bring high-speed connectivity to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, and government facilities began many years ago and the community faced multiple challenges. Citizens knocked down legislative barriers through referendum, fought corporate misinformation campaigns, and contended with tough economic times. Throughout the ordeal, community leaders held … Read More

Waverly, Iowa: Community Fiber Network Possible Thirteen Years After Vote

Date: 24 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Waverly City Council in Iowa recently voted 5-2 to establish a communications utility and to move ahead with a feasibility study. We spoke with Diane Johnston, Waverly Light and Power (WLP) General Manager, who told us the decision to get this far started over a decade ago. In 2000, the community passed two ballot measures that sat dormant … Read More

Peterborough Residents Nix Stop & Shop Superstore

Date: 1 Apr 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By a 2-to-1 margin, residents of Peterborough, New Hampshire, voted to reject a plan to build a giant Stop & Shop superstore on the outskirts of town. Peterborough is a community of 6,000 people about an hour west of Manchester. "We’re a small, closely knit town with strong affection for our local merchants," said Jane LaPointe, one of several residents who spoke out against the development and distributed information on the impacts of big box stores in the weeks leading up to the vote. … Read More

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