Author: Benjamin Allen

How To's, Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Marketing 3: Some innovative ideas


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This month, we’ve been reflecting on the importance of marketing for information dissemination, goal communication, and reputation building. In our final entry, we provide a few brief thoughts on innovative marketing strategies. Intelligent marketing is essential for information dissemination – getting work out there that you have a service to provide; goal communication – communicating

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FCC’s 6th Circuit loss won’t stop federal government from helping Appalachian cities


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While the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ finding in favor of Tennessee and North Carolina last month has set back FCC efforts to bypass restrictive state laws and help local governments to provide broadband to their residents, federal aid to local government has not ended: On August 24, the EPA, USDA, and Appalachian Regional Commission

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How To's, Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Marketing 1: Why is marketing important for your public broadband utility?


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This month, we wrap up summer vacation and segue into fall with some discussion of the importance of marketing your public or community broadband services. Today, we discuss the benefits of marketing. Next week, we look at a few experiences from communities around the country. Finally, in our third entry, we posit a few new,

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In wake of 6th circuit FCC ruling, cities take charge


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The recent Sixth Circuit court of appeals ruling against the FCC’s attempts to bypass state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina to help out cities like Chattanooga and Wilson, was a blow to the municipal broadband movement. But it wasn’t a death blow. Now, forward-thinking city leaders are responding. According to an article by Amanda

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Lessons from the Field

State Profile: Colorado’s cities reject state restrictions and provide fast broadband


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Every month, here at Utility LINE we profile the municipal and community broadband experiences in one state. In May we looked at Georgia, in June Maryland, and last month we saw the successes of county public utilities districts in Washington state. Now we turn our eyes toward the Rockies, and look at how local governments

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