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new-york-times-covers-fiber-and-economic-development
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2014

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-times-covers-fiber-and-economic-development

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. Murphy acknowledged that successful companies are moving from major metropolitan areas to less populated communities… Continue reading

being-a-gig-city-its-all-about-the-upload
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2014

Being a Gig City: It’s All About the Upload

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-its-all-about-upload

This is the second in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. The first post is available here. It’s all about the Upload. If you are the owner of a small engineering business with dense blueprints to send to your European clients, or a specialized country doctor who depends… Continue reading

kkfi-in-kansas-city-interview-mitchell-and-todd-oboyle-on-kansas-legislation
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

KKFI in Kansas City Interview Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle on Kansas Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kkfi-kansas-city-interview-mitchell-and-todd-oboyle-kansas-legislation

On February 13, KKFI Community Radio from Kansas City, Missouri, interviewed ILSR’s Chris Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle from Common Cause. Tom Klammer, host of the “Tell Somebody” show covered Kansas legislation SB 304 aimed at preventing municipalities from investing in their own broadband networks. Chris and Todd co-authored our 2013 case study, The Empire Lobbies Back: How… Continue reading

being-a-gig-city-incubating-small-businesses
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

responding-to-crazy-talk-volume-4-community-broadband-bits-episode-72
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2013

Responding to “Crazy Talk” Volume 4 – Community Broadband Bits Episode #72

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/responding-crazy-talk-volume-4-community-broadband-bits-episode-72

We are back with the fourth volume of our responding to “Crazy Talk” theme on the Community Broadband Bits podcast. The source of this week’s crazy talk is a public relations executive for Time Warner Cable, following an interview I did on WUNC in North Carolina. Lisa Gonzalez, myself, and our colleague John Farrell react… Continue reading

wilsons-greenlight-leads-north-carolina-in-connectivity-community-broadband-bits-episode-70
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2013

Wilson’s Greenlight Leads North Carolina in Connectivity: Community Broadband Bits Episode #70

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wilsons-greenlight-leads-north-carolina-connectivity-community-broadband-bits-episode-70

Greenlight, a muni FTTH network in eastern North Carolina’s city of Wilson, is proving to be a powerful tool in attracting new residents and businesses. We spoke with General Manager Will Aycock about the network and how it has benefited the community. Our interview covers a number of subjects, including how the network is attracting… Continue reading

wunc-radio-show-explores-muni-network-restrictions-in-north-carolina
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

WUNC Radio Show Explores Muni Network Restrictions in North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wunc-radio-show-explores-muni-network-restrictions-north-carolina

WUNC, a public radio station out of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, covered community owned networks and broadband availability on its recent “State of Things” midday program. I was a guest along with a local resident and a public relations executive from Time Warner Cable to discuss North Carolina’s broadband compared to other states and… Continue reading

wilsons-greenlight-getting-the-publicity-it-deserves
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2013

Wilson’s Greenlight Getting the Publicity It Deserves

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wilsons-greenlight-getting-publicity-it-deserves

WUNC 91.5, North Carolina Public Radio, recently introduced Greenlight to its audience. We have covered Wilson and Greenlight extensively since 2009. Will Michaels spoke with Will Aycock, highlighting the network’s gigabit status. “We’re able to support the surveillance cameras and different sensors throughout the community to make us a smarter city.  Certainly, we’re able to support many institutions here such as… Continue reading

muni-network-debate-in-charlotte-observer
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Muni Network Debate in Charlotte Observer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-network-debate-charlotte-observer

In a recent op ed in the Charlotte Observer, Christopher Mitchell delves into why North Carolina ranks last in per capita subscribers to a broadband connection. The state, through its legislature, is held hostage by large providers such as Time Warner, CenturyLink, and AT&T. David Hoyle, a retired Senator who admitted pushing bills written by Time… Continue reading

holly-springs-north-carolina-looking-to-save-with-municipal-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2013

Holly Springs, North Carolina, Looking to Save with Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/holly-springs-north-carolina-looking-save-municipal-network

The Town Council of Holly Springs, North Carolina, just voted to pursue municipal network infrastructure. The Holly Spring Sun reports that the proposed network would include Town Hall, a local business park, the wastewater treatment plant, and school facilities. Wi-fi would be available in parks and public facilities. Holly Springs is about 25,000 people in… Continue reading