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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

massbroadband-123-complete-in-massachusetts
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

MassBroadband 123 Complete in Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/massbroadband-123-complete-massachusetts

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) just announced that the 1,200-mile fiber network MassBroadband 123 is now complete. According to the official announcement, the middle-mile network will eventually serve over 1,200 community anchor institutions. The open access network, constructed with $45.4 million in stimulus funding and an additional $40 million in state bond proceeds, lit up… Continue reading

overview-of-stockholms-stokab-community-broadband-bits-episode-88
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

new-hampshires-bill-would-allow-munis-to-bond-for-open-access
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

New Hampshire’s Bill Would Allow Munis to Bond for Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshires-bill-would-allow-munis-bond-open-access

A recent in-depth article from the Keene Sentinel updates us on the status of New Hampshire’s HB 286, which would expand bonding authority for local governments. New Hampshire law currently restricts bonding authority for Internet infrastructure to towns with no access to the Internet, but nearly all communities have at least some slow broadband access… Continue reading

utah-senate-bill-attacking-utopia-on-the-fast-track-sb190
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2014

Utah Senate Bill Attacking UTOPIA on the Fast Track: SB190

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utah-senate-bill-attacking-utopia-fast-track-sb190

UPDATE: According to Pete Ashdown, the amendment has been pulled. Stay vigilant, these things rarely just go away. We reported earlier this month that UTOPIA was once again facing legislative attack at the state level in the form of HB60. While the House has focused on other issues, the Utah Senate is launching its own… Continue reading

how-ammon-idaho-builds-digital-roads-community-broadband-bits-episode-86
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2014

How Ammon, Idaho, Builds Digital Roads – Community Broadband Bits Episode 86

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-ammon-idaho-builds-digital-roads-community-broadband-bits-episode-86

Ammon, a town of 14,000 in southeast Idaho, has been incrementally building an open access, fiber optic network that has connected community anchor institutions and is starting to become available to local businesses. Ammon Technology Director Bruce Patterson joins us to explain how the community has moved forward with its model for improving Internet access…. Continue reading

fork-in-the-road-for-utopia-forward-or-backward-community-broadband-bits-episode-85
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2014

Fork in the Road For UTOPIA: Forward or Backward? Community Broadband Bits Episode #85

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fork-road-utopia-forward-or-backward-community-broadband-bits-episode-85

The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, which we have written about many times, is at a crossroads. An Australian corporation specializing in infrastructure is prepared to infuse $300 million into the project but the Utah Legislature may prohibit it from expanding and even from using existing connections outside member cities. We asked Jesse Harris of… Continue reading

utopia-again-targeted-by-bill-in-state-legislature
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

UTOPIA Again Targeted by Bill in State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-again-targeted-bill-state-legislature

Kansas is not the only place where the cable and telecom lobbies are attacking publicly owned networks. Jesse Harris from FreeUtopia.org reports that State Rep. Curt Webb has introduced HB60, aimed at UTOPIA. From the story: As the bill is currently written, UTOPIA wouldn’t just be prevented from building to people willing to pay for… Continue reading

the-challenge-of-open-access-lessons-learned-part-iii
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading

justifying-a-network-with-indirect-cost-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-80
Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 7, 2014

Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 80

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/justifying-network-indirect-cost-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-80

Today, Lisa and I are joined by Eric Lampland for a discussion of how a community could justify building a community owned network from the indirect benefits that it would create, including the savings that each household realizes from competition driving down prices. Eric Lampland is the CEO and principal consultant of Lookout Point Communications,… Continue reading