Tennessee City Nearing Completion of Broadband Project

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

What started as a pilot project back in 2014 has consistently expanded to more addresses. Now the “Little Gig City” has put a date on when they expect to complete the final phase of their community-wide fiber network — early 2020. “Right now we feel like we’re kind of in the home stretch,” says Erwin Utilities fiber optic engineer John Williams.… Read More

City-Owned Internet Reaches 100K Subscribers in Tennessee

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

In May of 2017 we congratulated Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber for exceeding 90,000 subscribers and contributing to lower power rates for all (Electric Power Board) EPB customers. Now less than a year later, there is more to celebrate as EPB expects to reach 100,000 subscribers by Fall 2018 and is still lowering electricity costs for all customers.… Read More

Broadband Project Grows for Rural Tennessee Cooperative

Date: 23 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Holston Electric Cooperative (HEC) in Hamblen and Hawkins County, Tennessee, is about to begin Phase I of its plan to deploy fiber optic connectivity to more than 30,000 members. The multi-year project will bring broadband to the rural area and create smart grid efficiencies for the electric system.… Read More

Picks: Dayton’s Public Library, Philly’s Progressive DA; Tenn.’s Victorious Workers, Libertarian Socialism and more (1st Edition)

Date: 16 Apr 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this first issue of the Weekly Picks from the Desk of David Morris, ILSR’s co-founder details stories of public library system from Dayton, Ohio; features the National League of Cities’ report on state level preemption; an innovative nonprofit in San Francisco’s interaction with the immigrant population; and much more…… Read More

Legislature Preferences Big Telephone and Cable Corporations Over Rural Tennesseans, Again…

Date: 6 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Senator Janice Bowling has long been a champion for rural broadband in Tennessee. On March 6th, her bill SB 1045 came before the Tennessee Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the members chose not to advance the bill. Once again, big telephone and cable company interests win out over the needs of rural Tennesseans.… Read More

EPB Fiber Optics Reaffirms Network Neutrality Commitment In Chattanooga

Date: 19 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FCC Chairman Alit Pai and Republican Commissioners earned big lumps of coal for holiday gifts this year when they shredded network neutrality protections on December 14th. They also raised interest in publicly owned Internet network infrastructure. Existing publicly owned networks are … Read More

The Movement for Free College Tuition Is Growing

Date: 15 Dec 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2015, President Obama proposed making community college free nationwide. He pointed to a pilot free tuition program just being launched by Tennessee for recent high school graduates and might not have been aware of a free tuition program operating … Read More

Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

Date: 17 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture … Read More

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

Date: 13 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A Tennessee communications cooperative will soon bring fiber connectivity to Kentucky’s Warren County. North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) will offer high-quality Internet access via gigabit (1,000 Megabits per second) connectivity via its North Central Communications, Inc., subsidiary.   Starting With New Construction … Read More

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