Author: Megan Billingsley

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Senator Booker on Broadband


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The other day I attended a seminar hosted by the Brookings Institute on ways to increase broadband uptake in cities and metropolitan areas. The seminar highlighted a recent report, “Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas,” and featured a number of local leaders as well as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, Cory

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Meanwhile, down the road in the Berkshires…


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…The city of Otis, Massachusetts voted 132 to 16 in a town hall meeting to approve the borrowing of “…$4 million of the $5.5 million needed toward the town’s share of the cost to build, install, and activate a broadband network in collaboration with the state.” A further $1.8 million will be provided by the

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Recent Trends in Municipal Broadband


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The first three parts of this blog series addressed ongoing concerns and problems facing cities’ efforts to build out their own broadband networks. Here, we look forward: Whatever the outcome of Tennessee’s fight with the FCC, what are the likely future trends in municipal broadband in the U.S.? We see two interesting trends: First, an

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Competition for the Anti-competition Laws?


This is the third in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry. This year has been a big one for community and municipal broadband. Twenty-one states have laws that restrict cities’ rights and/or abilities to build their own broadband infrastructure – laws supported (indeed, lobbied for)

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GIANT (baby) Steps Toward More Competition


This is the second in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry. Last week we discussed the types of anti-competition laws that 21 states in the U.S. currently have on their books. This artificially-induced lack of local competition means that the U.S. doesn’t even make it into the

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