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
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. We began on August 11 with “smart” communities, and followed it last week with a recap of rural broadband initiatives that seek to close the rural digital divide.
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
Colorado has recently seen a burst of activity relating to municipal broadband initiatives, after a wave of cities and counties held votes to exempt themselves from the restrictions on municipal broadband initiatives embedded in state SB 152 (2005). Longmont, a city of about 90,000 that lies 10 miles northeast of Boulder, is one of those
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
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
Today we continue our monthly series of state profiles with Washington (see also Georgia and Maryland). Last week and this we homed in closely on the histories and trajectories of Public Utility District (PUD)-managed broadband networks in Washington’s Grant and Chelan counties. Today, we zoom out to take a bird’s eye view of the prevalence