Colorado Communities Voting for Local Authority on Municipal Networks

Date: 22 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Breckenridge was among the list of Colorado communities that voted to opt out of the state’s restrictive SB 152 back in 2016. Now, they’re ready to move forward with design and construction of an open access network. As the resort town prepares to begin work on their fiber infrastructure, several other communities will ask voters to opt out of SB 152 on November 6th.… Read More

Massachusetts Official Creates Petition for Municipal Broadband Supporters

Date: 12 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sometimes city councils don’t quite have their fingers on the pulse of their constituents. It can be difficult to know what everyone wants, so there are instances when taking a direct approach it the best way to share our thoughts. In Chicopee, Massachusetts, City Councilor Joel McAuliffe is giving constituents from across the city a chance to express their support for municipal broadband with an online petition…and people are responding.… 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

Lack of Internet Access and Poor Policy Combine to Strip Arkansans of Medicaid

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

People in Arkansas who depend on Medicaid for healthcare typically don’t have the option to sign-up for affordable health insurance through their jobs. Sometimes they aren’t able to find full-time positions that offer healthcare or they don’t earn enough to afford the premiums in addition to covering life expenses for their families. With so many people offline, either because they can’t afford to pay for connectivity or because they live in areas where there is no connectivity, Arkansas seems like a poor choice for mandatory online reporting of anything, especially activity that dictates eligibility for Medicare. … Read More

Colorado City Celebrates Start of New High-Speed Internet Access

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

The mayor doesn’t usually show up at your house when you switch to a new Internet service provider, but for Erin and Isaac Herman of Centennial, Colorado, that’s exactly what happened. In early September, they became the first official Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) subscribers in Centennial when Internet service provider (ISP) Tingconnected their home with fiber optic lines. An event held at their house brought together community members and local officials to celebrate the “lighting” of the fiber line, a culmination of years of hard work by the city to develop a publicly owned dark fiber network.… Read More

Another Ohio City Interested in Municipal Broadband

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

The city of Solon, Ohio, has their eyes on Hudson, their neighbor about 10 miles to the south. Both communities have a population of around 23,000 but Hudson businesses have access to the publicly owned fiber network and community leaders are considering expanding the service to residents. In order to explore the idea further, Solon city leaders have decided to fund a feasibility study.… Read More

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