About ten years ago, we first reported on Johnson City (TN). At that time, the community was in the process of installing fiber to improve reliability for their public electric utility.
In many states, elected officials are listening to constituents and experts who tell them that they need fast, affordable, reliable connectivity to keep their communities from dwindling.
Local communities in the state of Mississippi have the legal authority to develop publicly owned Internet networks and offer broadband, or any other utility, to the general public.
California, Washington and Indiana recently enacted legislation to help facilitate community broadband networks:
Underserved communities can provide broadband for themselves through nonprofit, cooperative entities.
Regional efforts to develop broadband infrastructure are becoming more common.
In Oct, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly accused municipal networks, including Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber Optics, of violating the First Amendment by limiting subscribers free speech.
This election season, Comcast is once again devoting funds to an investment it considers necessary - influencing elections in Seattle (WA) and Fort Collins (CO). In Seattle, Comcast and CenturyLink have donated $50,000 to a political action commi
Residents in the Lookout Lane neighborhood of Kitsap County, Washington, tired of shoddy DSL so they joined forces to take advantage of publicly-owned fiber.
The town of Pinetops (NC) has a six-month reprieve.