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dakota-county-is-fiber-rich-thanks-to-dig-once-approach-community-broadband-bits-podcast-117
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Dakota County is Fiber Rich Thanks to Dig Once Approach – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 117

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dakota-county-fiber-rich-thanks-dig-once-approach-community-broadband-bits-podcast-117

Calls for “dig once” policies have resonated for years. The general idea is that we can more fiber and conduit in the ground at lower prices if we coordinate to include them in various projects that already disturb the ground. In the south Twin Cities metro in Minnesota, Dakota County has been tweaking its dig… Continue reading

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Harford County Network Goes Live in Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/harford-county-network-goes-live-maryland

Harford County, a mixed suburban and rural area in northeast Maryland, flipped the switch in late May on its Harford Metro Area Network (HMAN). The network includes 160 miles of fiber bringing high speed broadband to 150 sites, including all area schools, fire stations, libraries, and county and municipal buildings. The project required $13.8 million… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2014

Wisconsin Local Governments Collaborate for Schools, City, and County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wisconsin-local-governments-collaborate-schools-city-and-county

Sheboygan County, the City of Sheboygan, and the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) plan to collaborate to deploy a fiber network. According to an article in the Sheboygan Press, all three entities seek cost savings and higher capacity connections. Approximately, 49,000 people live in the City of Sheboygan; there are 10,000 students attending SASD. Over… Continue reading

catching-up-with-the-rs-fiber-coop-in-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-podcast-99
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Catching Up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #99

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-rs-fiber-coop-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-podcast-99

In the nearly two years since we launched this podcast with an interview from Minnesota’s rural Sibley County, the project has evolved significantly but the need for better Internet access remains a constant. Today, we interview Coop Vice-Chair Cindy Gerholz and Winthrop Town Manager Mark Erickson to get an update on the fiber-to-the-farm project. The… Continue reading

rural-colorados-cortez-fiber-network-serves-region-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-98
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2014

Rural Colorado’s Cortez Fiber Network Serves Region – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #98

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorados-cortez-fiber-network-serves-region-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode

Located in rural southwest Colorado, Cortez is just 20 miles from the famous four corners of the US southwest. When incumbents were either unwilling or unable to provide modern services in the region, Cortez stepped up with a plan. This week, Cortez General Services Director Rick Smith joins us to share how they incrementally built… Continue reading

connecting-arlington-from-anchors-to-businesses-community-broadband-bits-podcast-97
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2014

Connecting Arlington, From Anchors to Businesses – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #97

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connecting-arlington-anchors-businesses-community-broadband-bits-podcast-97

Located just outside Washington DC, Arlington is the dense, high tech county that houses the Pentagon. This week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast features Arlington County CIO Jack Belcher. Having already built a top-notch fiber network to connect community anchor institutions, the County is now preparing to improve connectivity for local businesses. We discuss a range… Continue reading

medina-county-offices-will-connect-with-community-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2013

Medina County Offices Will Connect With Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-offices-will-connect-community-network

The newly completed Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN) in Ohio will soon add Medina County government as the next customer. The Medina-Gazette reports the County Commission recently voted unanimously to enter into a five-year agreement with MCFN and drop Armstrong Cable. County Administrator Chris Jakab says the county will save $600 per month. Currently Medina County… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2013

First BTOP Project Connects Rural North Georgia Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-btop-project-connects-rural-north-georgia-communities

Back in December, 2009, Vice President Biden travelled to Dawsonville, Georgia, to officially kick off the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program. The first award, a grant of $33.5 million, went to the North Georgia Network Cooperative. The group combined that grant with local and state funding and in May, 2012, lit the North… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

Medina County, Ohio, Celebrates Fiber Network Completion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-ohio-celebrates-fiber-network-completion

Community leaders in Medina County, Ohio, recently celebrated the completion of the Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN). Loren Grenson of the Medina Gazette reported on the celebratory breakfast event where officials proclaimed, “The monopoly is dead. Long live the fiber loop.” Local businesses already rave about the county owned MCFN, which offers Internet access, data tranport,… Continue reading

carroll-county-explains-many-benefits-of-county-owned-fiber-community-broadband-bits-43
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 23, 2013

Carroll County Explains Many Benefits of County Owned Fiber – Community Broadband Bits #43

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/carroll-county-explains-many-benefits-county-owned-fiber-community-broadband-bits-43

Chief Information Officer for the Carroll County Public Schools Gary Davis joins me to explain why the Carroll County Government, Public Schools, Public Library, and Community College partnered to build their own fiber optic network. He is also the Chairman of the resulting Carroll County Public Network (CCPN) of Maryland. The story starts the same… Continue reading