Saint Louis Park (pop. 49,000), a suburb west of Minneapolis, MN, 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.
As the COVID crisis swept across Arizona and forced students to attend school remotely last spring, Tucson’s Chief Information Officer Collin Boyce began to look for a way to ensure that the thousands of students who didn’t have Internet access at home wouldn’t be left behind. It's solution has been to leverage city-owned fiber to set up a wireless network to get both students and seniors online so they can learn and visit the doctor remotely.
Though only 47 miles north of Springfield and 96 miles west of Boston, Leyden, Mass. (p.p 800) is one of only a handful of municipalities in the entire Commonwealth that does not have any state routes running through it, similar to the islands of Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard off the southeast coast of Massachusetts. And while Leyden is not a geographical island, it has been a digital outpost barren of broadband. That is until now - with the birth of Leyland Broadband as the town is nearly done with the construction of a 35-mile Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network.
The rate of connectivity in Indian Country lags behind the rest of the country. As of December 2018, only 60% percent of Tribal lands in the lower 48 states had high-speed Internet access. A new case study report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance delves into the experiences of four Native Nations — the Coeur d’Alene, the Nez Perce, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, and the St. Regis Mohawk — as they constructed their own Internet service providers.