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connectarlington-to-offer-dark-fiber-services-to-local-businesses-in-virginia
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connectarlington-offer-dark-fiber-services-local-businesses-virginia

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 23, 2013

Will Alexandria Consider A Municipal Network?

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

Alexandria, Virginia’s City Council is talking about broadband. In a recent DelRay Patch article, Drew Hansen reported that Councilman Justin Wilson recently addressed the Del Ray Citizen’s Association to advocate for a plan to improve local connectivity. From the article: “We’re still dealing with severe budget issues and dropping $300 million on a huge broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

The Wired Road Now A Gigabit Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-road-now-gigabit-network

The Wired Road, a community-owned open access network, provides affordable fiber connectivity in rural Virginia. The network recently upgraded and now offers Gigabit commercial service in the Blue Ridge Crossroads region. From the press release: “America only has a few networks offering 1 Gigabit Broadband Services; it’s awesome that we have that technology here in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 22, 2013

Danville Continues to Attract Jobs to Region After Building Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/danville-continues-attract-jobs-region-after-building-fiber-network

Danville’s open access network has fueled economic development in the Virginia community’s resurgence after tobacco’s demise and job losses from a once thriving textile industry put a hurt on the local economy. Danville’s technological prowess is now attracting companies from China, in addition to other economic development gains we covered previously. Jason Grey, nDanville’s Network Manager,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

Bristol Virginia Utilities to Offer Home Management Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bristol-virginia-utilities-offer-home-management-services

BVU in Bristol is now offering Quantum Home, a security and home management system that uses the community’s publicly owned fiber network. The system allows home owners to also manage lights, temperature, and appliances from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. For a quick video demo, check out the BVU website. Installation costs range… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 5, 2013

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Takes Shape

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-broadband-authority-takes-shape

The Star reports that the Roanoke City Council unanimously voted to work with surrounding communities to form a broadband coalition. We reported Roanoke County,  Botetourt County, Salem and the town of Roanoke were in the process forming the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. Local community leaders took the first step in Roanoke, where the community has… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Roanoke Valley in Virginia Pondering Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-virginia-pondering-municipal-network

The Roanoke Valley, nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, grapples with the same connectivity problems facing many communities in rural Virginia. Private providers have few incentives to invest in next-generation Internet networks because the low density population promises too little profit.  Like Danville, Bristol, and the Rockbridge area, communities in the Roanoke Valley are taking… Continue reading

rockbridge-area-network-authority-close-to-launch-in-virginia
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Rockbridge Area Network Authority Close to Launch in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rockbridge-area-network-authority-close-launch-virginia

The Rockbridge Area Network Authority (RANA) is almost ready to launch its open access network in north central Virginia, home to about 22,000 people. A recipient of the BTOP stimulus program, the main focus is connecting community anchor institutions and spurring economic development. However, it has been built to allow service providers to also offer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2013

Virginia Town Provides Free Wi-fi in City Park, Fiber to Community Anchors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/virginia-town-provides-free-wi-fi-city-park-fiber-community-anchors

Last summer, the city of Staunton, Virginia, sent out a press release about its new citywide free wi-fi service. Four hours later, a destructive storm ripped through Gypsy Hill Park knocking down trees and damaging buildings. Nevertheless, the equipment held on. Five days later, celebrants at the city’s July 4th party used the free service… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Scarlett McGrady Explains Virginia’s Wired Road

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/scarlett-mcgrady-explains-virginias-wired-road

The Wired Road is an ambitious fiber optic and wireless project offering Internet access to several underserved areas in rural Virginia. For the 31st episode of our Community Broadband Bits Bits podcast, Scarlett McGrady joins me to discuss its history and impact on the region. McGrady is the Director of the Grant Community Computing Center… Continue reading