Author Susan Crawford on the Future of Fiber Connectivity in America

Date: 12 Feb 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s Chris Mitchell interviews Harvard Professor, author, and broadband champion Susan Crawford on her new book, Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution And Why American Might Miss It. Chris and Susan also discuss policy recommendations aimed at bringing better connectivity to rural and urban areas.… Read More

Illinois City to Expand Fiber-to-the-Home Network to Residents in 2019

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

The city of Rock Falls, Illinois, will begin building out their fiber network to residential customers in early 2019. Local businesses are already using the network, which offers gigabit connectivity, a huge upgrade from the 10 – 20 Megabits per second (Mbps) download previously available from Comcast…… Read More

Charlemont Chooses Community-Owned Fiber Over Comcast

Date: 13 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The people of Charlemont, Massachusetts, are ready to pay approximately $1.5 million to own broadband infrastructure rather than shell over $462,000 to Comcast for cable Internet access in their community. At a packed December 6th town meeting, voters showed up to handily defeat the proposal from the cable giant and express their support for a publicly owned fiber optic network.… Read More

Another Texas Town Considers Building Infrastructure to Improve Internet Access

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

People in Lampasas are fed up with outages that have repeatedly plagued the community due to lack of redundant infrastructure connecting the central Texas municipality. Now, the city and the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) are asking the community to complete an Internet survey to help determine how best to move forward an achieve better connectivity.… Read More

Georgia City Now Offers Even Faster Internet Access to Residents

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

In a recent episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, host Christopher Mitchell spoke with Hank Blackwood from Dalton Utilities in Georgia about their publicly owned network, OptiLink. Hank described an upcoming milestone for the community of around 35,000 and a few surrounding rural areas with access to the network. Now it’s official — OptiLink is the first municipal network in the state that offers residential gigabit Internet access to subscribers.… Read More

Massachusetts Town Moves Forward With Municipal Broadband Plans

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

Ninety miles west of Boston, the small town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, will soon have a new, municipal option for Internet access. In October, the South Hadley Electric Light Department (SHELD) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved plans to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network throughout the town of 17,000.… Read More

35 Communities Join New Community Broadband Accelerator Program

Date: 15 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this summer, we talked with Jase Wilson and Lindsey Brannon from Neighborly, the investment firm that uses online investing to allow individuals to invest in publicly owned infrastructure projects, including broadband networks. Jase and Lindsey described a program they had just launched, the Neighborly Community Broadband Accelerator. … Read More

Grassroots Effort in Portland Asks City Residents to Push for Municipal Broadband

Date: 15 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This past summer, a group of Portlanders with digital equity as a primary goal, launched Municipal Broadband PDX. The grassroots organization seeks to mobilize folks from the Rose City to let their local leaders know that they’d like local government to take the lead in bringing fast, affordable, reliable connectivity to the entire city.… Read More

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