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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

Story Behind Westminster’s Pending Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 100

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/story-behind-westminsters-pending-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast

For our 100th episode, we are excited to share a conversation with Dr. Robert Wack, city council member and driving force behind a planned open access fiber network in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster has just decided that instead of a fiber pilot project, they are going to move ahead with the first phase of a larger… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

“We Should Build A Muni In Vallejo”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-should-build-muni-vallejo

The Times Herald in Vallejo posted a letter to the editor in early May from Chris Platzer; we want to share it with our readers. There are approximately 115,000 people in Vallejo and people like Platzer are looking for ways to better connectivity options. In the article, Platzer suggests his community take advantage of several… Continue reading

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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

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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Crain’s New York Business: New York City Conduit Jam Packed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crains-new-york-business-new-york-city-conduit-jam-packed

Crain’s New York Business recently published an article on the crowded conduit under New York City. The article complements the April 7 edition of This Week in Crain’s New York podcast, hosted by Don Mathisen. Empire City Subway (ECS), the crumbling subterranean network of conduit for telephone wires constructed in 1888, is so crowded underground… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

GovTech Covers Famous Free Wi-Fi in Oklahoma

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-oklahoma

Ponca City’s free Wi-Fi has attracted attention over the years. A recent article in Government Technology focuses on the free Wi-Fi service and reveals the secret behind Ponca City’s jewel – their municipal fiber network.  From the article: So what makes Ponca City’s wireless network a long-term success, and what suggestions do city officials have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2014

Exploring Santa Monica’s Incremental Fiber Approach – Community Broadband Bits Episode 90

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/exploring-santa-monicas-incremental-fiber-approach-community-broadband-bits-episode-90

Just a few weeks after releasing our case study of Santa Monica’s City Net, we have an opportunity to interview Jory Wolf, CIO of Santa Monica, and the chief driver of City Net. This is episode #90 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We talk about how City Net got its start with a smart… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber Optic Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/santa-monica-city-net/

Santa Monica has built a fiber network called City Net that has lowered its own costs for telecommunications, helped to retain businesses, and attracted new businesses to the community. Built incrementally without debt, it offers a roadmap any community can draw lessons from. Unlike the majority of municipal fiber networks, Santa Monica does not have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Overview of Stockholm’s Stokab – Community Broadband Bits Episode #88

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/overview-stockholms-stokab-community-broadband-bits-episode-88

Having just returned from a short trip to Sweden, Lisa Gonzalez and I discuss what I learned and how Stockholm has become one of the most connected cities on the planet. We talk about how Stockholm built a massive dark fiber network that has enabled competition at the service layer, the status of telecommunications in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

Santa Monica’s Telecommunications Master Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-monicas-telecommunications-master-plan

In 1998, Santa Monica created a Telecommunications Master Plan that has guided it for the past fifteen years in building an impressive fiber network connecting all community anchor institutions and many business districts. We have just released a case study detailing this effort, entitled: Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber… Continue reading