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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

The Secrets Behind Partnerships to Improve Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ppp-fiber/

A growing number of US cities have broken up monopoly control of the Internet marketplace locally. They’re promoting entrepreneurship, and giving residents and businesses real choice in how they connect and reach new audiences. They’ve brought a new wrinkle to an old model: the public-private partnership. “Communities desperately need better Internet access, but not all local… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2015

P3 between Westminster and Ting is “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/p3-between-westminster-and-ting-is-community-broadband-innovative-partnership-of-the-year/

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) recently named the public private partnership (P3) between the City of Westminster, MD and Ting Inc. as 2015’s “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year.”  NATOA will officially honor the partnership at their Community Broadband Awards ceremony in San Diego this week. In a press release NATOA… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2015

Municipal Networks and Small ISP Partners to FCC: Title II Not a Problem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/municipal-networks-and-small-isp-partners-to-fcc-title-ii-not-a-problem/

A group of municipal leaders and their private sector small ISP partners submitted an ex parte filing with the FCC today stating that they see no reason to fear Title II reclassification of Internet access. The statement, signed by a variety of towns and providers from different areas of the country is reproduced in full:… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ting-delivering-ftth-is-great-news-for-community-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-134/

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Gigabit Muni Fiber Partnership: Westminster and Ting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/gigabit-muni-fiber-partnership-westminster-and-ting/

Westminster’s city council just voted unanimously to establish a partnership with Ting, reports the Carroll County Times. Known primarily as a mobile service provider, Ting wants to offer Internet services via the new municipal fiber optic network. Ting announced earlier this month that it would soon begin offering Internet service in Charlottesville, Virginia as well. In their own… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Westminster Commences Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/westminster-commences-fiber-deployment/

Westminster’s open access fiber optic project is now officially in construction, after a groundbreaking ceremony on October 16th at a local deli in the Airport Business Park. Dr. Robert Wack, spearheading the initiative in Maryland, told the Chamber of Commerce: “The Air Business Park is the ideal location for our groundbreaking since this is our… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 19, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-september-19-2014/

The media is picking up on Chairman Wheeler’s notice to big telecom: 4Mbps is not going to cut it anymore. Wheeler said speeds closer to 10Mbps should be classified as high speed. A good step, but by the end of this Media Roundup, you’ll be questioning what that paltry 10 Mbps can do for communities…… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Chattanooga Will Ask FCC to Preempt State Barriers in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chattanooga-will-join-support-for-local-authority/

Since January, when the DC Circuit Court of Appeals suggested the FCC has the authority to preempt state anti-muni laws, local communities have publicly supported the notion. Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) will join those communities when it petitions the FCC to preempt similar laws in Tennessee, reports The Center for Public Integrity. Danna Bailey,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

Story Behind Westminster’s Pending Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 100

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/story-behind-westminsters-pending-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-100/

For our 100th episode, we are excited to share a conversation with Dr. Robert Wack, city council member and driving force behind a planned open access fiber network in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster has just decided that instead of a fiber pilot project, they are going to move ahead with the first phase of a larger… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on May 19, 2014

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/westminster-budgets-for-open-access-fiber-network/

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted 5-1. The opposing Council Member voted no on a different issue. Last summer, the community… Continue reading