Author: Megan Billingsley

How To's

The Guide to Guides: Getting Started


No Comments

There are a lot of guides and “how to’s” about starting and running a community broadband organization.  To be honest, it’s a lot to sift through and can be overwhelming, at least that’s how we felt when we started looking into the resources currently available on the internet.  In an effort to triage your reading

Read More

News

Battle of the Broadbands!


No Comments

We’re all familiar with the ongoing battle between AT&T, the experienced telecom company, its upstart competitor, Google Fiber.  Google Fiber has been pushing hard in several of AT&T’s markets to gain access to poles and for the ability to make improvements without the interference of AT&T and other internet providers.  For their efforts, Google Fiber

Read More

Uncategorized

Common Connections


No Comments

I’ve always found traveling to be an overwhelming combination of excitement and exhaustion, never more so than coming home from my most recent trip California.  After a packed week full of meetings and reunions with friends, I found out about 30 minutes after the scheduled departure time that my flight home was cancelled. For future

Read More

News

A Google of Opportunities


No Comments

Google Fiber has had a rough month… First, the news that they are rethinking their business strategy comes out in mid August, then the more recent news that they may be facing layoffs.  Google Fiber has learned the hard way, that building a gig network is expensive and not necessarily a straightforward operation. But let’s

Read More

Uncategorized

Internet Choice to Missouri Cities


No Comments

Meanwhile, 1500 miles to the East, in Missouri municipal broadband activists have stopped legislative attempts to restrict municipal and community broadband in the state. After anti-municipal choice House Bill 2078 failed a few weeks ago, state Representative Lyndall Fraker snuck wording into SB 765, an irrelevant traffic ticket quota bill to restrict municipal broadband. According

Read More

Uncategorized

The Broadband Identity Crisis


No Comments

I recently attended the 2016 Broadband Communities Summit and after attending the sessions and talking to participants, I left with the impression that the industry really needs to answer a fundamental question… is broadband a public service or is it a commodity to be sold in the market? I don’t think we’ve totally figured this

Read More