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Discussing rural broadband at the 2016 Southeastern NTCA Conference


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As cities nationwide wire for broadband by attracting competition, competing to bring in Google Fiber, or investing in public service or public-private partnerships, rural America continues to be overlooked. The FCC estimates that 15 million Americans – the vast majority in rural communities – lack even “entry level” broadband in their homes. Fortunately, rural communities

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Closing the digital divide in rural America: Co-ops, non-profits, and utilities


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This month, being a time of extraordinary heat and much-earned vacations, we at Utility LINE are taking a moment to recap some of our favorite monthly series. Last week we reviewed “smart” communities, and this week we’re tackling rural broadband initiatives. In our final entry we’ll make the case for municipal broadband. A smart city

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The Western Spirit brings fiber to Cortez, Colorado


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With just 8,568 residents living in an area of 5.5 square miles in southwestern Colorado, one might not expect Cortez, Colorado, to be leading the charge for coordinating public broadband across its county and the neighboring Ute Mountain Native American reservation. But it is – and by building out an open access public fiber network, Cortez

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Public Policy and PPPs: Picking the best strategies


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As more and more cities nationwide invest in municipal or community broadband, researchers are taking advantage of the growth in data and case studies to identify best practices and the pros and cons of policies and management models. This year alone, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and Magellan Advisors have each released studies of local

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