Municipal Networks

Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will

Location:
Whitesburg, KY, United States

Here, a look at three rural counties, in three different states, demonstrates how country folk are leading their communities into the digital age the best way they know how: ingenuity, tenacity, and good old-fashioned hard work.

Financial Implications of Opelika's (AL) Municipal Broadband Network

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

Beginning in 2013, the city of Opelika (AL) became the state’s first “Gig City,” offering broadband Internet services to its 11,000 households over a $43 million fiber-optic network constructed and operated by the city’s electric utility, Opelika Power Services (“OPS”). How is Opelika’s system doing financially?

West Virginia’s Broadband Abyss Spurs Solutions Across Ideological Divide

Location:
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV, 25317, United States

With high-speed internet access in West Virginia’s rural areas seriously wanting, Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) is pushing policy proposals favored by players on the right and left.

When it Comes to High-Speed Broadband Infrastructure, Rural America Could Really Use an FDR

Location:
Miami University, 501 E High St, Oxford, OH, 45056, United States

] The Rural Electrification Administration (REA) built on the efforts of another New Deal project. The Tennessee Valley Authority was among the very first creations of President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. The TVA had several purposes, including navigation improvements and flood control, but among its biggest was generating electricity for some of the poorest sections of the country. Everyone knows about the high-speed internet deficit, so why hasn’t anything like a TVA for the internet been created?

Rebutting Myths About UTOPIA and Fiber Networks

Location:
Broadband Breakfast Club, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Many business models have been disrupted by the internet. The next incumbent industry being challenged includes the old-style cable and telecom companies.

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Got a Smartphone? Then You've Got Broadband!

It’s that time of year again. The Federal Communications Commission launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband (or, more formally, “advanced telecommunications capability”) is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” Although the FCC launched a proceeding in August 2016, asking a number of questions about broadband deployment, the commission did not issue a subsequent report. Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is updating the inquiry and asking different questions. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, in response, raised some concerns over how the inquiry is being framed, and how this may lead to a particular outcome. The results of this inquiry will be significant, as they dictate future FCC broadband policy.

Cable firms sue over WV broadband law, say co-ops could cause outages

Location:
West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston, WV, 25317, United States

West Virginia’s largest cable companies have filed a lawsuit against Gov Jim Justice (D-WV) and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, alleging that a new state law could ultimately cause internet service outages at customers’ homes and businesses.

Pinetops, North Carolina: The Town That Had Free Gigabit Internet

Location:
Pinetops, NC, United States

Pinetops' (NC) fight to get municipal broadband demonstrates how far Big Telecom will go to keep its monopoly.

A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like

Location:
University of Colorado - Boulder, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States

Although the fight for an open internet tends to have Silicon Valley tech bros at the forefront, it’s a racial justice issue; arbitrary powers for corporations tend not to help marginalized populations. It’s a rural justice issue, too.

Remarks of Commissioner Clyburn Appalachian Ohio-West VA Connectivity Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

If you care about robust broadband, if you care about being able to use the internet without your service provider compromising your privacy, picking winners and losers online, if you want infrastructure built in your communities, then you cannot remain on the sidelines.

NATOA Announces Recipients of 2017 Community Broadband Awards for Outstanding Broadband Endeavors

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors announced the recipients of NATOA’s 2017 Community Broadband Awards.

Building Broadband Access Tough, Necessary

Location:
Daily News Publishing co, 193 Jefferson, Memphis, TN, 38103, United States

Chattanooga (TN) had the right idea when it requested and received Federal Communications Commission approval to expand broadband service – offered through its municipal utility provider, EPB – into neighboring Bradley County, an area overlooked by commercial providers. Unfortunately, that plan was sidelined in 2016 when Tennessee turned it into a state’s rights issue and successfully contested the approval in federal court.

New report swings and misses on communities and next generation broadband

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

‘let them eat DSL’—does not deserve serious attention from cities.

5 New Cities Become Smart Gigabit Communities

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

At the Smart Cities Connect Conference held June 25-28 at the Austin Convention Center, US Ignite and the National Science Foundation announced five new cities that have joined the Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program, which "accelerates the development of advanced gigabit applications that cannot run on current networks as the bedrock of smart communities by identifying new economic and social opportunities created by those applications," according to the SGC website.

Wireless Tower Dispute May Derail BVU Optinet Municipal Broadband Sale

Location:
Bristol, VA, United States

A planned municipal broadband sale of BVU Optinet is in jeopardy, thanks to a disagreement regarding wireless tower assets. One of the early pioneers in municipal broadband, Bristol (VA) based BVU Optinet was put up for sale back in February 2016 for $50 million to Sunset Digital Communications. That deal may now be in trouble.

Lake Connections Sale Highlights Municipal Decision to Get Out of the Broadband Business

Location:
Lake Connections, 409 17th ave, Two Harbors, MN, 55616, United States

The Lake County (MN) board of supervisors recently unanimously voted for a Lake Connections sale, offering the municipal broadband network up to what they hope is the highest bidder.

Pennsylvania County Project Seeks to Shape Best Possible Deals on Broadband

Location:
Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States

Thanks to an “extraordinary” response to an RFP issued earlier in 2017, a Pennsylvania broadband aggregation group called the Monroe Gigabit Project, which unites more than three dozen public agencies and private companies, will continue through 2017.

Flawed Study Flunks Test on Municipal Broadband

Location:
Coalition for Local Internet Choice, 2014 P Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

As with many past industry-supported attacks on municipal broadband, it will take some time for interested readers to dig into the details of the University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Christopher Yoo’s study and fully understand its strengths and weaknesses. That will occur in due course. There are, however, a number of serious problems with this study that leap out at once.

Communities, Not Telcos, Should Define Success of Municipal Broadband Networks

Recommendation:
3

Too often, reports on the feasibility of municipal broadband networks in smaller markets are sponsored by large telecom companies with a financial stake in the game. Many ...

Municipal Fiber in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Financial Performance

Location:
University of Pennsylvania, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
2

The authors conducted an analysis of every municipal fiber project in the United States based on the authoritative documentation issued by the cities, specifically the official legal disclosures filed with securities regulators when issuing municipal bonds and their audited financial statements.

Legislative Efforts In Missouri, Tennessee Leave Broadband Advocates Hopeful

Location:
MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

Advocates who say local governments and utility cooperatives should have more freedom to provide broadband in underserved areas scored two legislative victories this spring. In Missouri, a bill that would have restricted the ability of cities, counties, or other public entities to run broadband networks was defeated. In Tennessee, the state passed a bill that expands the ability of electric cooperatives to get into the broadband business.

Municipal Broadband Providers Back FCC’s Title II Reversal

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

A group of nonprofit municipal broadband providers -- all members of the American Cable Association -- support Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to reverse the classification of ISPs as common carriers under Title II, and told him so in a letter dated May 11.

The Co-op’s Broadband Plan for Success

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the battle to deploy broadband, cooperatives (co-ops) can be a decisive force to cover the rural flanks in states with aggressive broadband adoption goals such as California, New York, and Minnesota.

Remarks of Commissioner O'Rielly Before the American Legislative Exchange Council's Spring Task Force Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The members of the American Legislative Exchange Council can serve an important role as the new Federal Communications Commission seeks to restore free market principles to broadband offerings.

Plan to kill municipal broadband fails in Maine legislature

Location:
Augusta, ME, United States
Recommendation:
1

Cities and towns in Maine that want to provide their own broadband service just helped defeat a proposed law that would have made it impossible to build taxpayer-funded networks.

It’s Time for Co-ops To Stand Up and Embrace Broadband

Location:
Oakland, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the battle to deploy broadband, cooperatives (co-ops) can be a decisive force to cover the rural flanks in states with aggressive broadband adoption goals such as California, New York, and Minnesota.

Bill Introduced in Maine Legislature to Limit Local Authority over Broadband Investment

Location:
Maine State Capitol Building, State St, Augusta, ME, 04330, United States
Recommendation:
3

Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents.

Want Real Choice in Broadband? Make These Three Things Happen

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

For more broadband choice, encourage your elected officials to make these three things happen:

Cities Take Proactive Approaches to Anti-Muni Broadband Legislators

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Local elected leaders, administrators, public utility managers and community stakeholders are stepping up their advocacy game in response to recent legislative losses. ...

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act Heads to Governor

Location:
Tennessee State Capitol, 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN, 37243, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act (HB 529/SB 1215) provides $45 million over three years in grants and tax credits for service providers to assist in making broadband available to unserved homes and businesses. In addition, the plan will permit Tennessee’s private, nonprofit electric cooperatives to provide retail broadband service and make grant funding available to the state’s local libraries to help residents improve their digital literacy skills and maximize the benefits of broadband.

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