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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Davenport, Iowa, Releases RFP for Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/davenport-iowa-releases-rfp-feasibility-study

Davenport recently issued an RFP, hoping to hire a vendor to complete a feasibility study. The community wants to learn more about connectivity options that build on its current fiber assets. According to a May 2014 Government Technology article by Colin Wood, the city has installed fiber throughout the community over the past decade. CIO… Continue reading

santa-fe-ready-to-improve-local-internet-choice
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2014

Santa Fe Ready to Improve Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-fe-ready-improve-local-internet-choice

The City of Santa Fe is taking first steps to improve the community’s Internet choice, quality, and availability. Recently, the City announced that it has chosen a partner for a middle mile investment and will move forward with the $1 million fiber deployment project. CenturyLink and Comcast serve Santa Fe, home to approximately 70,000 people…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2014

Multiple Minnesota Projects Submit “Expressions of Interest” to FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/multiple-minnesota-projects-submit-expressions-interest-fcc

We reported in February that the FCC sought “expressions of interest” from entities that want a share of Connect America funds. The agency sought feedback on the need and desire for projects across the country from entities that have not traditionally received universal service funds. The FCC received over 1,000 expressions of interest. Minnesota leads… Continue reading

centurylink-seeks-apartment-buildings-for-gigabit-in-portland
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2014

CenturyLink Seeks Apartment Buildings for Gigabit in Portland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylink-seeks-apartment-buildings-gigabit-portland

In the wake of Google’s announcement that Portland could be one of the next communities for the Google Fiber network, CenturyLink is circulating an offer to select apartment buildings to apply for CenturyLink fiber. This appears to be more than the standard fiber-to-the-press-release responses we often see from the big telephone companies that prefer to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2014

Montrose Moves Toward Muni Network -Community Broadband Bits Podcast #95

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/montrose-moves-toward-muni-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-95

Nestled in a valley in the Colorado rockies, the city of Montrose has voted overwhelmingly to reestablish local authority over whether to build a municipal fiber network. With nearly 20,000 people, Montrose does have cable service from Charter and DSL from CenturyLink but neither service is meeting local needs. Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and… Continue reading

denver-suburb-seeks-to-take-back-local-authority
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Denver Suburb Seeks to Take Back Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/denver-suburb-seeks-take-back-local-authority

Centennial is asking its voters to reclaim local authority this election. City leaders want to make better use of an existing fiber optic system but a 2005 Colorado state law pushed by a corporate telephone company precludes it. If the citizenry reclaims its local authority through referendum, the City can take the next step toward… Continue reading

shafter-network-expands-to-serve-local-businesses-in-california
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2013

Shafter Network Expands To Serve Local Businesses in California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shafter-network-expands-serve-local-businesses-california

The community of Shafter enjoys savings, better public safety, and more educational opportunities with the municipal fiber network that we wrote about two weeks ago and discussed in last week’s podcast. In 2006, Shafter spent $200,000 on its I-Net to serve local schools and government in the core of the downtown area. While the community had originally… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2013

AT&T Lobbying Likely to Increase Wisconsin School, Library Telecom Costs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-lobbying-likely-increase-wisconsin-school-library-telecom-costs

The University of Wisconsin recently withdrew from its contract with WiscNet, threatening the future of the network. Stop the Cap! reports the University bowed under pressure from Republican lawmakers and threats of litigation from the likes of AT&T, CenturyLink, and the Wisconsin State Telecom Association (WSTA). Costly litigation could interrupt UW’s research and educational work and UW must… Continue reading

silverton-colorado-breaks-ground-in-first-phase-of-regional-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2013

Silverton, Colorado, Breaks Ground in First Phase of Regional Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/silverton-colorado-breaks-ground-first-phase-regional-network

In 2010, Silverton, Colorado, decided to build a fiber-optic loop for savings and better connectivity in rural San Juan County. At the time, Qwest (now CenturyLink) provided a microwave connection to the town of around 630 residents. After taking state money to connect all the county seats, Qwest decided to take fiber to everyone except… Continue reading

waverly-iowa-community-fiber-network-possible-twelve-years-after-vote
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2013

Waverly, Iowa: Community Fiber Network Possible Thirteen Years After Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/waverly-iowa-community-fiber-network-possible-twelve-years-after-vote

The Waverly City Council in Iowa recently voted 5-2 to establish a communications utility and to move ahead with a feasibility study. We spoke with Diane Johnston, Waverly Light and Power (WLP) General Manager, who told us the decision to get this far started over a decade ago. In 2000, the community passed two ballot measures that sat… Continue reading