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Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday


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For a long time we, the American consumer, have been accustomed to packing up the family and heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving in order to take advantage of the massive sales that kick off the December holiday season.  So much so, that retailers started calling that particular Friday Black Friday because it

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Giving Thanks


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Today is Thanksgiving… a traditional holiday in the United States involving the gathering of friends and family, and the ceremonial roasting/frying of a large turkey; once described by Benjamin Franklin as “a Bird of Courage, [which] would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard

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Election Day in Colorado: Voters Choose Local Control


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In so many places across the country, the recent election highlighted differences, however, residents in rural Colorado overwhelmingly voted to opt out of SB 152, the senate bill placing restrictions on local government control of high speed internet, an inspiring show of unity and determination to control their own economy and future. While the SB 152 may

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A (maybe not so) Strange Marriage


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It’s rare that my two worlds (energy efficiency and community broadband) collide, but at an energy conference in October, I heard the strangest thing… the Wisconsin Public Service Commission is considering using some of the surplus efficiency funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.  My broadband advocate self started cheering, while my efficiency self

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Wilson Fights For Its Neighbors


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A few weeks back I wrote about how the Sixth Circuit Court Ruling forced Wilson, North Carolina’s municipal broadband service, Greenlight, to discontinue its service to customers outside of the municipality, like Pinetops, in order to comply with state law. The decision meant the 1,300 residents of Pinetops would lose all access to the internet.

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Ammon, Idaho: Small Town, Big Ideas


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Ammon, Idaho’s town motto, “small town, big life“, accurately describes the town outside of Idaho Falls in more ways than one. Established in 1905, Ammon has been “building a strong community with active families, thriving businesses, and cutting-edge technology”, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho. In order to sustain “big life” in a small town connectivity is key.

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