Municipal Networks

Case Studies in Public-Private Partnership Driving Broadband Deployment

Many small communities across the country struggle to bring advanced broadband to their residents. What they lack in size, they often make up with diversity of their economies, populations, geography, and technology providers.

Colorado communities banding together for better, faster regional broadband internet

Local governments in Colorado want to buy better broadband and are pooling their resources to do it. It's called Project THOR, the brainchild of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

Commissioner O'Rielly Gets Defensive When Experts Call Him Out

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.

Muni Broadband’s Ominous Threat to the First Amendment

As a staunch supporter of limited government and free speech, I have regularly objected to government attempts to own and control the nation’s communications networks. I have been a staunch critic of government projects to build and operate broadb

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

Charlemont, a small MA town, has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network.

Electricity 2.0: Small cities rush to innovate on Wi-Fi

Some less-populated areas may technically have internet, but it's slower satellite, or DSL service delivered over old copper phone lines.

ITU’s Plenipot: What Happened

Every four years, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states meet at a three-week conference, the Plenipotentiary (or the Plenipot), to set the priorities of the organization for the next period and elect its top five leadership pos

Government-subsidized internet crosses political boundaries in Southwest Virginia

Joe McNamara is heading to the Virginia House of Delegates with the promises of a red-blooded Republican, from reining in spending to avoiding tax increases.

Tax Change Deters Rural Co-ops From Expanding Internet Access

Recent tax code changes might prevent co-ops from connecting more rural communities.

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks

The 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) focuses on local access models, specifically, community networks as self-organised, self-managed or locally developed solutions for local access, based on the conviction that one of t