Charter Prices Inspire Washington City to Consider its Own Network

Date: 9 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ellensburg, located in central Washington, is considering the pros and cons of a municipal fiber network. A big pro for the community of 18,000 is the ability to predict costs rather than depend on Charter Communications. Charter wants to begin charging $10,300 per month for municipal connectivity it previously supplied at no cost in return for … Read More

All-Pervasive NSA Surveilliance Impacts All of Us

Date: 29 Nov 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We continue to oppose the federal government’s foray into creating a high tech surveillance state where the National Security Agency effectively has unlimited power to spy on Americans. The New York Times has released an op-doc embedded below that offers good reasons all Americans should be concerned, even if most are not doing anything they believe … Read More

NATOA Keynote Panel Discusses Role of Local Governments in Improving Internet Access

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

In September, I joined the keynote lunch panel at the annual NATOA Conference to discuss what local governments can do to improve Internet access. Joanne Hovis moderated a discussion between Rondella Hawkins of City of Austin, Milo Medin of Google, and myself. I have embedded the video below so it starts with the panel discussion. However, … Read More

Hilarious Video Compares Fiber to the Home with Fiber to the Node

Date: 20 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Another great video from Australia makes many salient points regarding the debate over their national broadband network. One key point to take away is that it is possible to talk to non-technical normal people about this subject without overwhelming them or boring them. Another is that FTTN = fiber to the nowhere, not fiber to the … Read More

Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network

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

During the summer, I spent two days in Glasgow, Kentucky, to learn about the first municipal broadband network in the country. I believe it also became the first community in the US to have broadband access available universally within the town. Working with the Media Working Group, we recorded several interviews with people there, including a … Read More

Video Explains the Public’s Rights-of-Way

Date: 11 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The publicly owned rights-of-way (ROW or PROW), are a misunderstood resource in many communities. Local governments manage them on behalf of the public, but are under pressure as very large, very profitable cable and telephone companies seek to prevent local governments from charging rent to those using the PROW. This video from Oregon quickly explains some … Read More

Broadband for Schools and Libraries on the Agenda at Oct. 1 SHLB Event

Date: 30 Sep 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) will present a webcast via BroadbandUS.TV tomorrow, October 1. The event focuses on broadband in schools and libraries. The webcast, titled The Importance of High-Capacity Bandwidth for Schools and Libraries runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.  Presenters from schools, libraries, vendors, and broadband coalitions will address … Read More

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