On November 3, voters in over 80 Colorado cities will go to the polls to vote on a wide variety of issues relating to urban sustainability and livability, including investments in parks and recreation, sewage, taxes on marijuana – and municipal broadband. In a state that has a 10-year old “If-Then” law restricting how municipalities
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
The southern Virginian city of Danville thrived on textiles and tobacco over the last two centuries. With those glory days dried up and unemployment high, the city of 43,000 residents needed new ideas to attract business. Like a growing number of small cities, in 2004 Danville built a municipal broadband network to serve the city’s
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
Universal, fast and affordable broadband is good for the American economy, good for people, and a core component of turning our urban hubs into smart cities. But to get fast universal access, political and legal changes are needed.
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
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