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Chattanooga has Gig – so why not Brooklyn?


Over 100 internet service providers (ISP) operate in Manhattan, but some neighborhoods in Brooklyn have just one: Time Warner Cable. For $70/month, you can get 30 Mbps – but it rarely reaches that speed, and is generally unreliable. Why? No competitors. Though the U.S. has one of the most advanced fiber optic networks in the

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Is broadband bypassing rural America?


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Currently, 17% of all Americans lack access to adequate broadband service, most of those people (53%) are rural American households– that’s 22 million people. Compare that to the 92% coverage for urban Americans. A Broadband Availability in America also finds that 20% of rural Americans lack access even to slow broadband service – 4 Mbps/1

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News, Strategy

Maintaining Fiber Records with GIS


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When you have a cable outage do you rely on a system or someones memory to locate assets and isolate the fault? Are you still using paper, flat files or a guesstimate from your Senior Engineer to plan and price out fiber routes? In the article, “Planning Fiber to the Home, Construction in Three Hours,”

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Broadband, Bluegrass and Bourbon


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Broadband Communities Magazine and FTTH Council Americas hosted Fiber for the New Economy, a conference dedicated to bringing our Country’s broadband infrastructure into the current century. Held in Lexington, Kentucky, Fiber for the New Economy included the nation’s leading advocates, leaders, and thinkers for Community Broadband Providers. Speakers and guests coming from Federal, State and Local Government, as well

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Funds for Fiber


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In the Broadband Communities, Online Magazine article, “Financing Fiber Networks“, they give some great tips on how to fund fiber build outs for Municipal Broadband efforts.  The article covered over a half a dozen mechanisms for acquiring funding to build out a home grown Community Broadband Network. Crowdfunding a Fiber Network Attracting Major Investors State

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Broadband Opportunities are Knocking


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If you are like most people, you’ve looked at your cable bill and contemplated, if only for a minute, switching to online services like Netflix or Hulu to watch your favorite shows. More and more people are making this switch, but only 7 in 10 American households have more than one or two broadband options. In other

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