Author: Megan Billingsley

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Community Broadband for All! (or not)


This is the first in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry.  In January of this year, President Obama directed the FCC to help cities circumvent state laws in 21 states to build municipal broadband networks. (As observers note, Obama said “19,” but there are really

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Chattanooga has Gig – so why not Brooklyn?


Over 100 internet service providers (ISP) operate in Manhattan, but some neighborhoods in Brooklyn have just one: Time Warner Cable. For $70/month, you can get 30 Mbps – but it rarely reaches that speed, and is generally unreliable. Why? No competitors. Though the U.S. has one of the most advanced fiber optic networks in the

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Is broadband bypassing rural America?


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Currently, 17% of all Americans lack access to adequate broadband service, most of those people (53%) are rural American households– that’s 22 million people. Compare that to the 92% coverage for urban Americans. A Broadband Availability in America also finds that 20% of rural Americans lack access even to slow broadband service – 4 Mbps/1

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Broadband Opportunities are Knocking


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If you are like most people, you’ve looked at your cable bill and contemplated, if only for a minute, switching to online services like Netflix or Hulu to watch your favorite shows. More and more people are making this switch, but only 7 in 10 American households have more than one or two broadband options. In other

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