Lessons from the Field

Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Washington’s Chelan County – Fiber meets the Great Outdoors


No Comments

Chelan County is a mountainous territory of Washington state with just under 74,000 people spread out over close to 3,000 square miles. Known as “Washington’s Playground,” Chelan county has it all for outdoors enthusiasts: hiking, cycling, climbing, and rafting in the summer; and skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, and sledding in the winter. And thanks to Chelan’s Public

Read More

Lessons from the Field

Broadband lessons from Grant County, Washington


No Comments

The state of Washington presents an interesting case of state and local government support for public broadband: 28 of the state’s 38 counties provide utilities to residents through Public Utility Districts (PUD). Of these 28 county PUDs, 14 provide wholesale broadband service to all or many of their residents. Many of the PUDs leverage a sort of public-private

Read More

Lessons from the Field, Product Review, Strategy

Linear Asset Management Software 2: DC-Net’s asset management powered by its partnership with NLT


No Comments

In last week’s post (here), I walked readers through a few key questions and considerations in choosing linear asset management software. Today, in the second part of our July series on linear asset management, I take a specific example in Washington, D.C., and show how user-friendly software can power citywide broadband performance. In Washington, D.C.,

Read More

Lessons from the Field, News

Maryland pushes ahead with broadband


No Comments

Today we continue our monthly series of state profiles. In each posting, we discuss a state’s broadband situation, highlighting local municipal or community broadband projects, local and/or state policies, as well as current events. (For our first entry, on Georgia, click here.) Maryland, the country’s 19thlargest state by population and 42nd by area, spans a mere

Read More

Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Westminster, MD, partners with Ting to provide gig to its residents


No Comments

Westminster, Maryland – a small, residential community of 18,645 that lies 36 miles northwest of downtown Baltimore – is finishing up the pilot project phases of a citywide gigabit broadband network that city leaders and residents hope will promote economic growth and, according to John Dick, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works and fiber

Read More

Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Elberton, GA, innovators of the municipal broadband network


No Comments

Elberton, Georgia, a city of just under 5,000 residents, has been overlooked by most national observers of municipal and community broadband initiatives. But with a municipal broadband utility, ElbertonNET, that dates to the early 2000s, Elberton truly counts as one of the pioneers of municipal broadband. Earlier this month, I caught up with Lanier Dunn,

Read More

Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Bringing Broadband to Rural and Tribal Areas 3: Rural Public Utilities


No Comments

This month we’ve been discussing models and successful initiatives for bringing broadband to rural and tribal areas of the United States. We started with the increasingly productive role that electric cooperatives are playing, and then took a close look at a couple of non-profits with programs that could serve as models nationally. This week, we

Read More