Municipal Networks

Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model for the Internet Era

Decades after bringing electricity and telephone services to America’s rural households, cooperatives are tackling a new challenge: the rural digital divide. New updates to the Community Broadband Networks initiative’s report

Like Politics, All Broadband Policy Is Local

Even though community broadband has proven itself incredibly valuable and viable, broadband is taking a beating in some areas of the country thanks to what has become a siege against municipal broadband by the large telecommunication incumbents, i

Big Things Happening in Clarksville, Arkansas: Gigabit FTTH on the Way

Clarksville (AR) began their journey toward better local connectivity like many other communities we’ve interview and written about: by first focusing on fiber as a tool to enhance electric utility efficiencies.

Best internet service in Texas? It might be in tiny Mont Belvieu

MB Link, which has only been in business for about a year, offers 1-gigabit-per-second service to every residence in Mount Belvieu (TX).

Loveland, Colorado launches broadband push

After visiting with 5,600 residents, and making 277,000 connections, one message stands out: Loveland (CO) wants broadband internet, and they wanted it yesterday, Councilor John Fogle said.

Maine towns can soon avoid fee for broadband devices on poles

Some Maine towns seeking to set up municipal broadband will no longer have to pay a fee to put equipment on utility poles. Gov.

Tacoma faces two legal challenges over new business model for Click

Two parties have gone to court to try to put to a vote of the public the city of Tacoma’s proposal to enter into a private-public partnership to manage Click, the municipal cable and internet network. Both cases, filed recently in Pierce County Su

The Rewards of Municipal Broadband: An Econometric Analysis of the Labor Market

The first statistical evidence on the effects on labor market outcomes of municipal broadband systems.

What a Broadband Preemption Victory in Arkansas Means For Rural Cities

Arkansas ranks 50th in connectivity and has an average speed of 29.1 megabits per second (Mbps). The average speed for the United States is 42.7 Mbps.

Good News for Electric Cooperatives as State Legislatures Correct Obstructive Laws

Legislative changes are helping electric cooperatives continue to expand high-quality Internet access in rural parts of America.