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Smart Rural Communities Raise the Bar


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According to Community Broadband Networks‘s website October is National Cooperative Month– a month dedicated to the celebration of  the work done by cooperatives to bring rural communities high quality internet access! In honor of this month-long occasion I took a look at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). It is often better known as The Rural Broadband Association and

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To Paraphrase: The Good, The Bad, and The Knockout


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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a report earlier this month on the North Carolina State Broadband Plan released in June.  Authored by H.R. Trostle and Christopher Mitchell, the report is very critical of the NC plan, which emphasizes public-private partnerships over local development and ownership of broadband networks. Trostle and Mitchell did not pull

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Understanding Gigabit Internet


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Four cities in Westchester County of New York are pursuing “gigabit Internet.” Yonkers, Mount Vernon, White Plains, and New Rochelle are all actively seeking proposals for the installation of the service to be implemented in the next three to five years. Google Fiber is one of the more well-known gigabit providers offering service in 23

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The Guide to Guides: Getting Started


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There are a lot of guides and “how to’s” about starting and running a community broadband organization.  To be honest, it’s a lot to sift through and can be overwhelming, at least that’s how we felt when we started looking into the resources currently available on the internet.  In an effort to triage your reading

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Hope and Persistence in Tennessee


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The municipal fiber provider for Chattanooga, EPB, is confident that change is on the horizon in regards to current broadband legislation. While the company is restricted to selling only 1 Gbps within its town, other surrounding towns continuously request to gain access to their service. Furthermore, local telecom providers continue to exacerbate the digital divide

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Join Us at the “Fiber for the New Economy” Conference Next Week


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Jason Longenecker and Ghermay Araya will be conducting a DIY Fiber Mapping workshop at the Broadband Communities, Fiber for the New Economy Conference in Minneapolis, MN.  Our workshop takes place on October 18th from 2-4 PM. Having the ability to provide a timely ballpark estimate for fiber installation allows a broadband operator to qualify leads faster and

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