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
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.
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
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
Since 2012, Google Fiber – which covers only parts of Provo, Austin, and Kansas City to date – had looked like a “clever PR experiment,” says Karl Bode of the Techdirt blog. Google would offer to build out gigabit fiber networks in cities for $70, but would Google stay, and provide greater local competition –
Sanford, in southern Maine, has announced plans to build a 32-mile broadband network, to be partially completed by the end of 2016. Both local business and municipal leaders support the initiative, which Jim Nimon, Executive Director of the Sanford Economic Growth Council, announced on Monday at a broadband summit in Portland. The network, which will
Moving is never easy. Moving in the winter, across the country, and over the holidays was a real challenge. It’s one of those things that makes you grateful for the blessings in your life… family that lets you take over their garage for storage, friends who let you sleep on their couch at odd hours