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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 24, 2014

Tennessee Legislature Considers Four Pro-Muni Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-legislature-considers-four-pro-muni-bills

Even though there are several publicly owned networks in Tennessee, existing state statutes create barriers discouraging investment. This year, there is a movement at the state Capitol that may change the environment. The Jolt Digest and CivSource recently reported that four bills aimed at expanding municipal networks in Tennessee have strong support in Nashville. These… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

LightTUBe Financially Secure in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighttube-financially-secure-tennessee

Tullahoma Utilities Board’s triple-play FTTH LightTUBe, began serving Tullahoma in 2009. The fiber network utility is paying off its city bond debt on schedule reports the Tullahoma News. The network’s income during the first four months of fiscal year 2014 is a positive $58,939. General Manager Brian Skelton spoke with Chris Mitchell in July 2013 and expressed… Continue reading

tv-everywhere-in-tullahoma-tennessee
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

Tullahoma News Seeks Insider’s View Via Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tullahoma-news-seeks-insiders-view/

In July 2013, Christopher Mitchell interviewed Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB), for Episode #54 of the Broadband Bits podcast. The Tullahoma News recently reported on the podcast in an article on LighTUBe, the municipal network serving the south central Tennessee community. Staff writer Kelly Lapczynski reported on the network: “We’ve… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2013

Chattanooga Cements Status as Best Network in the Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-cements-status-best-network-nation

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber, a municipal FTTH system owned by the city’s electric power board, has dramatically lowered its prices for the gigabit connection and increased all Internet speed tiers. The slowest connection you can get from EPB Fiber is 100 Mbps symmetrical – and it comes at the same price that most cable tiers start… Continue reading

morristown-network-creates-cost-savings-and-spurs-job-growth
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2013

Morristown Network Creates Cost Savings and Spurs Job Growth

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/morristown-network-creates-cost-savings-and-spurs-job-growth

Located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, Morristown Utility Systems (MUS) offers gigabit broadband throughout a region that covers 30,000 residents and businesses. I recently spoke with MUS General Manager and CEO, Jody Wigington, about FiberNET’s progress and he had much to report, starting with over $5 million in cost savings for local businesses, residents,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber on Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #59

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-epb-fiber-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-59

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate… Continue reading

tv-everywhere-in-tullahoma-tennessee
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2013

TV Everywhere in Tullahoma, Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tv-everywhere-tullahoma-tennessee

Tullahoma’s network, LighTUBe, continues to bring new services to residents and business customers, including smart metering and gig service. LighTUBe has increased Internet speeds without raising rates five times since 2008. Now, LighTUBe offers ‘TV Everywhere’ to subscribers. The Tullahoma New reports: TV Everywhere allows customers to watch content on mobile devices such as iPads… Continue reading

tennessee-town-tullahoma-tells-us-why-they-built-a-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-54
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2013

Tennessee Town Tullahoma Tells us Why They Built a Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #54

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-town-tullahoma-tells-us-why-they-built-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-54

For our 54th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we are back in Tennessee to interview Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board. They built the network in 2008 and have weathered the tough economy, meeting the business plan while greatly benefiting the community. This is a particularly content-rich interview, covering the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2013

Knoxville Downtown Wondering ‘Where Is All the Broadband?’

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/knoxville-downtown-wondering-where-all-broadband

Knoxville Metro Pulse reporter Paige Hunton published a story last month about a common complaint from downtown residents and businesses – “Downtown Knoxville’s Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?” The problem worked its way from local talk to twitter and city leaders have met with residents and business owners to publicly discuss options. This… Continue reading

catching-up-on-clarksville-community-broadband-bits-episode-51
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2013

Catching Up on Clarksville – Community Broadband Bits Episode #51

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-clarksville-community-broadband-bits-episode-51

Clarksville is the fifth largest city in the state but was among the first networks in nation to offer symmetrical fast connections with a 10 Mbps basic offering when it launched. Christy Batts, Broadband Division Manager of Clarksville Department of Electricity, joins us to share some of the lessons learned and successes from Clarksville, which… Continue reading