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Pulling the Plug on Pinetops


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It is official. Small town America is starting to feel the aftermath of the Sixth Circuit Supreme Court ruling on municipal broadband in Tennessee and North Carolina. The ruling, which barred municipal broadband providers from extending their service outside of their city limits and reaching underserved communities, is hitting communities like Pinetops, North Carolina hard and leaving

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Three-Year Anniversary of ConnectED: Where We Stand


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September 13th marked the three-year anniversary of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. The initiative aims to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the Internet through high speed wireless and broadband by 2018. Back in 2013 when it all began only 30 percent of school districts had access to high speed broadband Internet. Today with over 20

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Recognition and Advocacy on the Political Forefront


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Two weeks ago marked another major step towards progress for local broadband. Representative Anna Eshoo, a democrat from California, has long advocated for the federal government to support Internet network deployment and increase universal access. On September 13th she finally took her convictions on the subject to the Congressional House with the introduction of the

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Battle of the Broadbands!


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We’re all familiar with the ongoing battle between AT&T, the experienced telecom company, its upstart competitor, Google Fiber.  Google Fiber has been pushing hard in several of AT&T’s markets to gain access to poles and for the ability to make improvements without the interference of AT&T and other internet providers.  For their efforts, Google Fiber

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Staying Cool & Connected Despite Hot Debate


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Much of the news covering the FCC’s decision not to appeal the Sixth Circuit’s verdict in North Carolina and Tennessee has painted a disingenuously gloomy picture for the future of municipal broadband. However, the small city of Erwin, Tennessee provides a glimpse of hope in the midst of confusion. Erwin, a small community of 6,000

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Lancaster Goes with Municipal Broadband, Revolutionizes City Services


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The city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is teaming up with MAW Communications to install the city’s municipal broadband network. The agreement and network model will be the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania. For eighteen years MAW Communications has served educational institutions, local government and telecommunication carriers as a Pennsylvania Public Utility. The

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