Author: Megan Billingsley

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Electrifying Broadband Access


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As I’m learning more about community and municipal broadband, I’ve been thinking about natural allies and potential partners to help expand access to poorly served areas.  Given my energy background, my first thought was to look at the expansion of electricity service to rural areas. In many cases, the situation was very similar to what

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Sleepless Seattle seeks Municipal Broadband


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While smaller, often Rust Belt cities in America’s heartland have begun to embrace municipal broadband with hopes of turning around struggling economies, larger metropolises have been reluctant to take the plunge. But that may be changing: Baltimore is contemplating using existing infrastructure to build a city network, and now Seattle may approve limited municipal broadband.

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Tennessee Update: Municipalities fight back


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Cities in Tennessee and North Carolina have been working with the FCC, and now working through the courts, to overturn state limits on municipal broadband. Chattanooga’s utility, EPB – a leading light in municipal broadband in Tennessee – has been trying to extend municipal broadband service to currently poorly-served counties adjacent to Chattanooga, but to

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Chattanooga, TN, offers 10-Gigabit broadband


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As part of the its effort to fight Tennessee state restrictions on extending municipal broadband to underserved communities outside of Chattanooga’s metropolitan area, the city is now using Alcatel-Lucent’s TWDM-PON broadband technology to offer 10-Gigabit broadband service “on a widespread basis.” EPB the Chattanooga not for profit utility was established in 1935 to provide electric

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