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Lessons from the Field, Strategy

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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Lessons from the Field, Strategy

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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Lessons from the Field, Strategy

Washington’s Chelan County – Fiber meets the Great Outdoors


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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

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News, Strategy

Creativity counts in overcoming the urban-rural digital divide


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Recently I came across a great, if brief, summary of how cities, counties, and even states are working to bridge the urban-rural digital divide in Tennessee, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Iowa. While cities are dense and have large markets that attract private providers, rural America’s population density is low (and in some areas shrinking), so

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News, Strategy

Boulder chooses between PPP and private providers for its municipal network


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The city of Boulder, Colorado, is in the planning stages of providing “a community broadband network [that] affords households and businesses much faster internet at lower average costs,” according to Alex Burness of Daily Camera. Last week, Maryland-based CTC Technology and Energy issued its report, after a months-long study that cost the city $150K, on

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Lessons from the Field, Product Review, Strategy

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


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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.,

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