About the Blog

The Utility LINE Blog is designed to help community broadband providers solve problems by offering news, strategy, and how-tos on topics that affect our community. In case the term is unfamiliar, community broadband providers are Internet service providers stood up by local governments or local non-profit organizations.

The Utility LINE Blog is powered by New Light Technologies staff, partners, and guest contributors. We do our best to schedule two to three posts a week.

Our day-to-day mission is to educate and improve the operations of community broadband providers so they can survive, compete and thrive alongside the big box telecoms. When we get down to it, our firm helps community broadband providers automate their estimates, reduce response times on service outages, and streamline their provisioning processes. From their end-customers’ perspective, we help community broadband providers close the deal, turn their customers’ services on, and keep those services running.

Jason Longenecker

Jason Longenecker has spent over 15 years supporting the telecommunications industry. He enjoys using his talents in information technologies, geographic information systems, and business process improvements to develop solutions that benefit community broadband providers. Mr. Longenecker has been a project manager at New Light Technologies for over 12 years, supporting numerous clients such as FEMA, Esri, and DC-Net, the DC Government’s municipal broadband program.

At FEMA, Mr. Longenecker managed a multi-million dollar program that supports FEMA’s Geospatial Intelligence Units throughout the country by providing staff, equipment, training, data, and enterprise GIS applications. Over the last six years, Mr. Longenecker has managed a home-grown spatial and network application for 50+ users at DC-Net.

In the last year, Mr. Longenecker has begun sharing his complementing GIS and telecom experiences with the broadband community through the Utility LINE blog and in a May/June 2016 article entitled “DIY Fiber Mapping,” published in Broadband Communities Magazine.


Megan Billingsley

Megan is a dedicated public policy researcher with fifteen years of experience supporting policymakers and stakeholders operating in regulated environments. Megan’s work has largely been focused on analyzing the impact of decisions in energy policy, ranging from energy efficiency to resource development on Federal lands, and is currently branching out into the world of community broadband networks.

Megan is the CEO of Billingsley Energy & Environmental Research and has previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and several major consulting firms. She has a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University.


Benjamin S. Allen, Ph.D.

Ben is a Research Associate with Billingsley Energy & Environmental Research who specializes in analyses of the intersection between political systems and economic development. He has a particularly strong interest in issues of state and local policy and governance in both the United States and abroad, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on state environmental policy in Brazil. Ben’s work has been published by Stanford Business Books and in the Natural Resources Forum journal.

Ben earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he trained in and taught quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods and international political economy. When he’s not conducting interviews or analyses, Ben enjoys hiking, jogging, and reading classic literature.