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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 24, 2014

Tennessee Legislature Considers Four Pro-Muni Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-legislature-considers-four-pro-muni-bills

Even though there are several publicly owned networks in Tennessee, existing state statutes create barriers discouraging investment. This year, there is a movement at the state Capitol that may change the environment. The Jolt Digest and CivSource recently reported that four bills aimed at expanding municipal networks in Tennessee have strong support in Nashville. These… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2014

On the Media Talks Cable Consolidation, Municipal Networks With Crawford and Baller

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-talks-cable-consolidation-municipal-networks-crawford-and-baller

The possible merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the FCC’s recent announcement to review state barriers have created a significant buzz in the world of telecommunications. Two recent NPR interviews with Susan Crawford and Jim Baller provide insight into how the merger may affect consumers and why a new light is shining on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2014

Chattanooga’s Fiber Network Praised for Great Customer Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-fiber-network-praised-great-customer-service

One of the main differentiator’s of community owned networks compared to the big cable and telephone companies is customer service. Being rooted in the community, vested in its success, and employing local residents just means better, more prompt service. A prominent Chattanoogan recently explained:  My last shout-out is to EPB Fiber Optics.  This is not… Continue reading

epb-offering-services-local-businesses-need
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2014

EPB Offering Services Local Businesses Need

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/epb-offering-services-local-businesses-need

EPB in Chattanooga offers a service to business clients that offers a good reminder that local service providers have to be able to offer a variety of business services because different businesses have vastly different wants and needs. In 2012, the publicly owned utility began offering telephone service with cloud characteristics. The service saves money… Continue reading

the-challenge-of-open-access-lessons-learned-part-iii
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading

chattanooga-cements-status-as-best-network-in-the-nation
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2013

Chattanooga Cements Status as Best Network in the Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-cements-status-best-network-nation

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber, a municipal FTTH system owned by the city’s electric power board, has dramatically lowered its prices for the gigabit connection and increased all Internet speed tiers. The slowest connection you can get from EPB Fiber is 100 Mbps symmetrical – and it comes at the same price that most cable tiers start… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2013

Countering Crazy Talk, Volume 3, for Episode #62 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/countering-crazy-talk-volume-3-episode-62-community-broadband-bits-podcast

Lisa Gonzalez and I are back with another back and forth reaction to some of the crazy claims made by opponents of community owned Internet networks. This is something we started with Episode 50 and continued in Episode 55. For volume 3 of our Crazy Talk series, we address some recent claims made in opinion… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber on Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #59

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-epb-fiber-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-59

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate… Continue reading

knoxville-downtown-wondering-where-is-all-the-broadband
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2013

Knoxville Downtown Wondering ‘Where Is All the Broadband?’

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/knoxville-downtown-wondering-where-all-broadband

Knoxville Metro Pulse reporter Paige Hunton published a story last month about a common complaint from downtown residents and businesses – “Downtown Knoxville’s Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?” The problem worked its way from local talk to twitter and city leaders have met with residents and business owners to publicly discuss options. This… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2013

Ames Tribune Editorial Board Wants a Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ames-tribune-editorial-board-wants-gig

We continue to see more and more of what we might call “gigabit fever.” This is not just a “me too” bubble centered around superfast Internet access. It is a recognition by more and more communities that the refusal of their cable and DSL duopoly to invest in next-generation networks is materially harming their future…. Continue reading