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DIY Fiber Route Mapping


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Today I came across an article from Broadband Communities Magazine‘s May/June 2016 issue that provides such a simple and useful technique for obtaining rough cost estimates for fiber extensions that I couldn’t pass up summarizing it! Jason Longenecker, of New Light Technologies (which, full disclosure, is the editor of the Utility LINE blog), has developed a do-it-yourself

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Ohio can celebrate the Cavs… and the Internet


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Ohio has its first sports championship in 52 years, a cause for celebration for the state’s residents. But that’s not the only achievement of note in Ohio: According to Ben Miller in Government Technology, “Ohio has perhaps the biggest high-speed Internet network in the U.S.,” largely thanks to public investments in network infrastructure. In Columbus, according

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


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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

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Municipal broadband debate heats up in Savannah


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Cities’ efforts to provide public services that may or may not compete with private providers have always met with controversy. Everybody in the municipal and community broadband sector is aware that private ISPs and their civil society supporters generally oppose public networks that threaten to bring in – or increase – local service competition. After

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Elberton, GA, innovators of the municipal broadband network


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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,

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