Boulder Uses New Found Authority to Offer Free Wi-Fi

Date: 17 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just two months after voters passed ballot measure 2C, the City of Boulder is solidifying plans to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown Civic Area, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder was one of several Colorado communities that reclaimed local authority last fall. They had no specific project planned but knew they needed to create an … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

Date: 8 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week. Mario … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

Date: 8 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week. Mario … Read More

The Dalles Pays off Its Network Debt Ahead of Schedule

Date: 8 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Of the more than 400 communities around the country that have built and benefitted from community networks, the town of The Dalles in Oregon may have a case for the title of “most bang for the buck.” Their commitment of $10,000 12 years ago to leverage a $1.8 million “QLife” fiber optic network has lead to … Read More

North Carolina Town Saves Public Dollars With Its Own Network

Date: 25 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On June 18 Holly Springs, home to approximately 25,000 people, started saving money with its new fiber I-Net. Last summer, the Town Council voted to invest in fiber infrastructure as a way to take control of telecommunications costs. Just one year later, the 13-mile network is serving community anchor institutions. After exploring options with CTC Technology and … Read More

Holly Springs Finds Savings with Muni Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 107

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Holly Springs, a town of about 25,000 in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has built its own network to connect community anchor institutions and has an interest in using it to spur economic development and other community benefits but a 2011 law pushed by Time Warner Cable makes some of that more difficult. City IT … Read More

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

Date: 2 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio, Wi-Fi, … Read More

New York Media’s MetroFocus Talks With Chris About City Wi-Fi

Date: 19 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an effort to bring better connectivity to New Yorkers, the City is transforming old pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots. Rick Karr, reporter for MetroFocus from New York Public Media, reached out to ILSR’s Chris Mitchell to discuss the project. Chris and Karr discuss the challenges faced by lower income people in our digital age, … Read More

Plan for FTTH in Chanute Looking Positive in Kansas

Date: 6 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chanute has been exploring available options for a citywide FTTH network. In addition to offering residential service, city leaders want to expand the business use of its municipal fiber network. A limited number of businesses currently join schools, government, and utilities on the fiber infrastructure. The community incrementally built a fiber network to serve government, utilities, … Read More

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