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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Early Lessons from Longmont – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 106

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-lessons-longmont-community-broadband-bits-podcast-106

Longmont is about to break ground on the citywide FTTH gigabit network but it is already offering services to local businesses and a few neighborhoods that started as pilot projects. Vince Jordan, previously a guest two years ago, is back to update us on their progress. Until recently, Vince was the Telecom Manager for Longmont… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2014

“Connect With the World” in Mount Vernon on October 9

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connect-world-mount-vernon-october-9

Plan on spending Thursday, October 9 in Mount Vernon, Washington. Chris will speak with three other experts on creating a local environment attractive to the tech industry.  The “Connect With The World” event will occur at Skagit Valley College’s MacIntyre Hall from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT. Other speakers will be: Mark Anderson: One… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2014

Lexingtonians Consider Municipal Network Options in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lexingtonians-consider-municipal-network-options-kentucky

Community leaders in Lexington are the latest to stand at a fork in the broadband road. In September, the franchise agreement between the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) and Time Warner Cable expired, resulting in a month-to-month agreement continuation. As they negotiate a new contract, local citizens have called for consideration of a municipal network…. Continue reading

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

GAO Report: Government Telecom Investments Help Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gao-report-government-telecom-investments-help-local-businesses

The Government Accountability Office released a report today examining economic development and government-spurred broadband deployment. The report, titled Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business looks at the effects of stimulus projects on opportunities for small business.  According to the press release: “GAO’s investigation confirms the success of the Recovery Act’s broadband programs,” said… Continue reading

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

Westminster’s Fiber Project Drawing Business from New York City to Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminsters-fiber-project-drawing-business-new-york-city-maryland

Westminster’s FTTP pilot project continues to blossom. We recently heard from Dr. Robert Wack, one of the local leaders of the project. Engineering, the first phase, is almost completed with bids for construction soon to be solicited.  Even before any fiber is in the ground, Westminster is feeling the positive economic development effects from the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2014

Being a Gig City: Incubating Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-incubating-small-businesses

This is the first in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 85% of all jobs originate from companies with fewer than 30 employees, and 87% of businesses which started through business incubators have succeeded after five years. So Wilson, North Carolina,… Continue reading

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

Baltimore Mayor: You Can’t Grow Jobs with Slow Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-mayor-you-cant-grow-jobs-slow-internet

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sees expanding Internet access as a justice issue and wants to make sure every Baltimore resident benefits from City assets, including fiber optic cables. To that end, the City is examining how it can use its conduit and fiber to improve Internet access. We have previously covered Baltimore and its consideration… Continue reading

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

Auburn Essential Services; A Workhorse in Northeast Indiana Saves Jobs, Serves Public

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/auburn-essential-services-workhorse-northeast-indiana-saves-jobs-serves-public

In 1985, Auburn Electric became one of the first communities in the midwest to deploy fiber. At the time, the purpose was to improve electric and voice systems substation communications within the municipal utility. That investment laid the foundation for a municipal network that now encourages economic development and saves public dollars while enhancing services. Auburn… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Op-Ed: Baltimore Makes Smart Move with Fiber Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/op-ed-baltimore-makes-smart-move-fiber-investment

On November 25, the Baltimore Sun ran this opinion piece by me regarding Baltimore’s approach to expanding Internet access in the city. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently spoke the plain truth: “You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet.” This simple statement is the best explanation for why Baltimore is examining how it can use existing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

SpringNet Continues Driving Jobs and Revenue for Local Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/springnet-continues-driving-jobs-and-revenue-local-community

A year has passed since we covered SpringNet in Springfield, Missouri, and its remarkable impact on local businesses and economic development. We recently spoke with SpringNet Director, Todd Murren, and Network Architecture Manager, Todd Christell, to get an update on how the network is progressing. Demand for SpringNet’s high-speed data services continues to grow steadily…. Continue reading