DayNet, a new Internet utility emerging in Dayton, Texas, began construction of a citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network at the start of the year. When the network is fully built, which is expected to be complete by 2023, it will include 110 miles of fiber. Pricing and speed tiers have not been announced, but network planners expect to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) for residential service at a cost of about $80 a month.
Washington's Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) has a long history of supporting the region’s potato farmers, but for the past 20 years the county-owned utility has been planting more than potatoes in the fertile soil of the Evergreen State. Its open access Fiber-to-the-Home network is more than three-quarters complete and moving into its final expansion phase, bringing benefits to county residents on and off the farm.
Last week, House Republicans introduced a bill package ostensibly to promote broadband expansion and competition across the country. In reality, the legislation is a wish list of monopoly cable and telephone companies that will protect them from competition and decrease their accountability to the public. It would also ban communities from building their own networks or engaging in public-private partnerships.
St. Louis Park (pop. 49,000), a suburb west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has demonstrated commitment and creativity in bringing broadband access to the region over the last two decades. They’ve done so by connecting community anchor institutions and school district buildings, in supporting ongoing infrastructure via a dig once policy, by working with developers, and by using simple, easy-to-understand contracts to lease extra dark fiber to private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to improve connectivity options for local residents.