How West Des Moines, Iowa, Is Bringing Google Fiber’s High-Speed Internet to City Residents

Date: 8 Sep 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, Christopher is joined by Jamie Letzring, Deputy City Manager for West Des Moines, Iowa, and Dave Lyons, a consultant with the city, to explain how the city decided to build a citywide conduit system, which has convinced Google Fiber to offer service in West Des Moines.… Read More

San Antonio Using City Infrastructure to Connect 20,000 Students in Need

Date: 18 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new initiative in San Antonio, Texas, called Connected Beyond the Classroom, which will begin launching over the next weeks, will leverage city-owned fiber infrastructure and $27 million in CARES Act funds to connect 20,000 students across the city’s 50 most-vulnerable neighborhoods in a bid to close the digital divide and ensure teachers, students, and their parents can continue to learn this fall and beyond.… Read More

Chattanooga Uses Municipal Network to Give Students Free Internet Connections

Date: 30 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday in an announcement via livestream, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hamilton County Schools, and the fiber arm of municipal utility Electric Power Board (EPB) announced a partnership to provide free Internet access and hardware to the 17,700 homes with school children on free or reduced lunch programs in the county.… Read More

Google Fiber Comes to Iowa, Drawn by Community Broadband Infrastructure

Date: 17 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of West Des Moines, Iowa, announced an innovative public-private partnership with Google Fiber to bring gigabit Internet to all 67,000 of its citizens. The city will build conduit connecting every home and business, available for use by different providers. Google Fiber will be the first, laying and maintaining its own fiber once the city’s construction is complete.… Read More

New Paper Reveals Systemic Racism of Government Programs That Invest Only in Rural Internet

Date: 23 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years, federal and state governments have spent billions of dollars on efforts to build broadband networks in underserved rural communities while doing very little to bring home Internet access to unconnected Americans living in our nation’s cities. A new white paper, released recently by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), outlines how this policy decision has a racist impact — benefiting mainly white, non-Hispanic people while disadvantaging many Black Americans and people of color in urban areas, where the majority of unconnected households are.… Read More

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