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rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-in-northern-georgia
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Rural Cooperative Launches Educational Network in Northern Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-northern-georgia

There was some good news at the end of August in Georgia, just in time for the new school year: a fiber optic network spanning 3,600 miles and potentially tying together up to 330 schools with 10 gigabit connections was announced. Dubbed the “Education Exchange,” the network is the product of an agreement between the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Understanding the Georgia Communications Cooperative – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #92

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-georgia-communications-cooperative-community-broadband-bits-podcast-92

While at the SEATOA Conference in Raleigh last week, I met Mike Foor, the President and CEO of the Georgia Communications Cooperative (GCC). Given the important role GCC is playing in expanding great Internet access in rural Georgia, we wanted to interview him for Community Broadband Bits. Back in episode 46, we spoke with Paul… Continue reading

georgia-and-idaho-communities-pass-resolutions-in-support-of-local-authority
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2014

Georgia and Idaho Communities Pass Resolutions in Support of Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-and-idaho-communities-pass-resolutions-support-local-authority

Two more communities recently passed resolutions in support of local authority for broadband networks. We have written about Ammon and its open access network in southeast Idaho. The municipal network connects anchor institutions and wireless towers in the community of approximately 14,000 people. Chris spoke with Bruce Patterson, Ammon’s Technology Director, in Episode 86 of… Continue reading

thomasville-removes-local-tax-citing-strong-broadband-revenues
Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Georgia Town Eliminates Local Tax With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/georgia-town-eliminates-local-ta/

Thomasville belongs to Community Network Services (CNS), serving six communities in southwest Georgia. Thanks in part to revenue generated by the network, this community of 18,000 has eliminated its local fire tax. In 2013, Thomasville is estimated to earn a net income of up to $8.5 million from its utility services while keeping prices affordable… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Thomasville Removes Local Tax, Citing Strong Broadband Revenues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/thomasville-removes-local-tax-citing-strong-broadband-revenues

Thomasville is one of six cities served by Community Network Services (CNS) in rural southwest Georgia. We’ve covered Thomasville and CNS in the past, highlighting the benefits of reliable high-speed broadband in these remote rural communities. But one benefit we haven’t covered yet is quite remarkable – Thomasville residents have been paying zero fire tax… Continue reading

dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-to-businesses-schools-government-since-1999
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Dublin, Georgia: Offering Connectivity to Businesses, Schools, Government Since 1999

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-businesses-schools-government-1999

Dublin, home to 16,000 people, is also home to a network that snakes through the city and parts of Laurens County. In addition to a natural gas utility that serves the region, the city provides connectivity to two area school districts and local businesses. We contacted Guy Mullis, IT Director for the City of Dublin…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mark-creekmore-takes-windstream-community-broadband-bits-podcast-69

Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with… Continue reading

community-network-services-cns-brings-stem-education-and-more-to-rural-southwest-georgia
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

Community Network Services (CNS) Brings STEM Education and More to Rural Southwest Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-services-cns-brings-stem-education-and-more-rural-southwest-georgia

“With agriculture being the number one industry in the state, we are looking to inspire students to learn globally and live and produce locally. Agriculture and STEM education are a natural fit. With GPS-guided equipment and variable-rate irrigation and fertilizer applicators to better manage natural resources, education is key.” These are the words of Beau… Continue reading

first-btop-project-connects-rural-north-georgia-communities
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

north-georgia-network-brings-gig-to-schools-jobs-to-region-community-broadband-bits-episode-46
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 14, 2013

North Georgia Network Brings Gig to Schools, Jobs to Region – Community Broadband Bits Episode #46

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/north-georgia-network-brings-gig-schools-jobs-region-community-broadband-bits-episode-46

The North Georgia Network was the first recipient of a BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) stimulus grant in the nation and has been an interesting success story. For the latest episode of our Community Broadband Bits podcast, President and CEO Paul Belk of the NGN joins us to discuss the history, present, and future of… Continue reading