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Meanwhile, down the road in the Berkshires…


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…The city of Otis, Massachusetts voted 132 to 16 in a town hall meeting to approve the borrowing of “…$4 million of the $5.5 million needed toward the town’s share of the cost to build, install, and activate a broadband network in collaboration with the state.” A further $1.8 million will be provided by the

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Recent Trends in Municipal Broadband


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The first three parts of this blog series addressed ongoing concerns and problems facing cities’ efforts to build out their own broadband networks. Here, we look forward: Whatever the outcome of Tennessee’s fight with the FCC, what are the likely future trends in municipal broadband in the U.S.? We see two interesting trends: First, an

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Competition for the Anti-competition Laws?


This is the third in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry. This year has been a big one for community and municipal broadband. Twenty-one states have laws that restrict cities’ rights and/or abilities to build their own broadband infrastructure – laws supported (indeed, lobbied for)

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GIANT (baby) Steps Toward More Competition


This is the second in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry. Last week we discussed the types of anti-competition laws that 21 states in the U.S. currently have on their books. This artificially-induced lack of local competition means that the U.S. doesn’t even make it into the

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Community Broadband for All! (or not)


This is the first in a four-part series discussing the current state of anti-competition laws and what the future might hold for the industry.  In January of this year, President Obama directed the FCC to help cities circumvent state laws in 21 states to build municipal broadband networks. (As observers note, Obama said “19,” but there are really

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