Ammon, Idaho’s open access software defined network has earned accolades from industry experts and been hailed as a model approach for other communities. Amid news of expansion, the positive effects of competition via the publicly owned network have recently flashed across news and social media. People who don’t live in the Idaho city are shocked to learn how affordable high-quality Internet access can be.
Clarksville, Arkansas, began their journey toward better local connectivity like many other communities we’ve interview and written about: by first focusing on fiber as a tool to enhance electric utility efficiencies. Four years after making the choice to deploy fiber, the town has chosen to use that fiber to offer Internet access to the community. Gigabit connectivity is on the way to every premise in Clarksville.
Vinton, Iowa, is moving ahead with plans for a Fiber-to-the-Home network. This small town is home to only 5,100, but soon it will have Internet service that rivals the largest cities. Cedar Falls, Iowa, and ImOn Communications will be key to Vinton’s efforts to build the community network.
Washington's Douglas County Community Network (DCCN) began as a way to improve the local Public Utility District’s electric system; construction of the network started in the late 1990s. Two decades later, people living in some of the state's smallest communities have access to fast, affordable, reliable connectivity that equals their neighbors in the county's busy cities through the publicly owned fiber network.