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Posted April 24, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

Sonic CEO: Speak up as your Internet privacy gets sold for profit by Dane Jasper, North Bay Business Journal

 

New York

Tyre residents surveyed on desire for broadband access by David L. Shaw, Finger Lakes Times

Grand Island is right to explore its own Internet service by Buffalo News Editorial Board

 

Pennsylvania

Monroe County, Pa., issues RFP for 'Monroe Gigabit Project' by Bill Cameron, Pocono Record (Government Technology)

 

Oregon 

Local ISPs say they'll never share information by John Darling, Ashland Daily Tidings

 

Tennessee

Private telecoms get another win over municipal broadand in Tennessee by David Z. Morris, Fortune

Rural Tennesseans could have gotten free Internet but their legislators shut it down by Lauren C. Williams, ThinkProgress

Tennessee bills send message on municipal broadband by Josh Cohen, Next City

Instead, the legislature passed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, a bill pushed by Governor Bill Haslam. It provides $45 million in...

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Posted April 17, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

Bridging the digital divide is imperative for economic prosperity by Barbara O'Connor, The Sacramento Bee

 

Idaho

Why does broadband even matter? by Josh McDonald, Shoshone News Press

 

Minnesota

World-class medical community needs world-class broadband by Mike Schlasner, Rochester Post-Bulletin

Let's double down on what works: Border to Border Broadband Fund creates connectivity by Matt Schmit, MinnPost

To date, the argument for better broadband in Minnesota has focused on (1) the imperative for ubiquitous access for all homes and businesses, (2) the benefits of widespread use in applications ranging from e-commerce and distance learning to telehealth and precision agriculture, and (3) economic growth, opportunity, and competitiveness in every corner of the state.

Broadband remains the greatest of equalizers for economic opportunity, competitiveness, and quality of life in Greater Minnesota.

 

New York

State must help safeguard personal privacy by The Daily Gazette Editorial Board

 

Ohio

State laws allowed AT&T to exclude Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods from high-speed Internet service by Eric Sandy, Cleveland Scene

 

Pennsylvania

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Posted April 10, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

Alabama

OPS broadband may soon move beyond the Gig City of Opelika by Elizabeth Lauten, Alabama Today

Branding itself  “Alabama’s first Gig City,” Opelika invested about $43 million in the network offering customers “triple play”  — telephone, television and Internet. But despite the 425 miles of fiber running throughout the city the service begins and ends in Opelika.

At least one Alabama Senator hopes to change that.

 

Colorado

2 more Colorado cities vote for municipal broadband Internet by Mark Harden, Denver Business Journal

In all, 66 Colorado cities and towns have now passed measures authorizing a community-based broadband service, either directly provided by local government or by a third-party vendor, according to the Colorado Municipal League. State law bars communities from running their own high-speed internet service unless local voters specifically authorize it.

Former Intel exec ready to help bring broadband to rural Colorado by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology

 

Minnesota

ISP privacy rules could be resurrected by states, starting in Minnesota by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

The Senate and House versions of the budget must be reconciled into a compromise version before final passage, the Pioneer Press noted. Republicans have a one-vote majority in the Minnesota Senate, but one Republican sided with Democrats in order to get the amendment into the Senate's final bill.

“We should be outraged at the invasion that’s being allowed on our most intimate means of communication,” said Republican Sen. Warren Limmer, according to the Pioneer Press. “This is an amendment that so urgently...

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Posted March 27, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

San Francisco ponders the largest community broadband network ever built by Karl Bode, TechDirt

 

Missouri

After years waiting for Google Fiber, KC residents get cancellation e-mails by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Community Broadband ban bill ties the hands of MO communities by Phillip Dampier, Benton Foundation

 

North Carolina

Bill would allow Pinetops to keep Greenlight service by Corey Friedman, The Wilson Times

Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Greenlight came close to shutting off Internet service to those new customers after the state ban on municipal broadband expansion was upheld by a federal appeals court. But in October 2016, the Wilson City Council voted to provide free Internet serviceto Pinetops and Vick Family Farms for six months. Wilson's wholesale providers agreed to waive their fees for six months, making this decision possible. Wilson's Greenlight ISP was technically in compliance with the state law as long as it didn't charge its new customers for service, but Wilson community leaders hoped the state legislature would eliminate or change the state law before the six months were up.

That might be on the verge...

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Posted March 13, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

Bo on utility commission's list for broadband Internet by Silas Valentino, Point Reyes Light

 

Colorado

The broadband debate: What 'we' want versus what 'they' want by Jim Spehar, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

 

Massachusetts

Towns hear broadband service pitch by Diane Broncaccio, The Recorder

 

Missouri

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Kansas City unveils a new strategy to get high-speed Internet access to all by Joe Robertson, Kansas City Star

  

Tennessee

How Chattanooga aims to cut poverty with superfast Internet by Lonnie Shekhtman, Christian Science Monitor

 

General

How Trump's FCC is quickly working to undo network neutrality by April Glaser, Recode

America's broadband market needs more competition by Hernan Galperin, Annette Kim & Francios Bar, The Conversation

The battle for the Internet in rural America by Nick Fouriezos, Ozy

The initial effort to provide better internet is costly, which is why profit-focused national...

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Posted March 6, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

SF Internet access ordinance under fire from trade group by Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Gate

City officials back Riverside County broadband Internet plan by Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise

 

Colorado

City Council signaling split on broadband by Amy Hamilton, Grand Junction Sentinel

Progress is coming city broadband initiative by John Fogle, Loveland Reporter Herald

Bringing broadband to rural areas hits roadblock in General Assembly by Marianne Goodland, Colorado Independent

 

Florida

Gainesville City Commission approves potential study to improve Internet connection by Nealy Kehres, WUFT-5

At the city commission general policy meeting yesterday, GRUCom’s chief business service officer, Lewis Walton, gave a PowerPoint presentation that explained GRUCom’s current business model, general costs for implementation of residential internet service and potential models Gainesville can implement as solutions.

Walton outlined the first model, the electric utility model, which would entail an expansion of GRUCom’s internet services throughout residential areas. He said similar models have worked in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Scottsboro, Alabama.

 

Massachusetts

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Posted February 27, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

California

Why SF needs municipal broadband by Tim Redmond, 48 Hills Blog

 

Minnesota

Northern Minnesota and the 'digital divide' by Beth Bily, Business North

 

Missouri

Bill could hinder city efforts to expand broadband by Brittany Ruess, Columbia Tribune

Missouri the latest state to let telecom monopolies write awful, protectionist state law by Karl Bode, TechDirt

 

New York

Rural Franklin Co. broadband on wait-and-see timeline by Denise Raymo, Plattsburgh Press Republican

 

Tennessee

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State needs better broadband, not subsidies by Christopher Mitchell, Knoxville News Sentinel

 

Blackburn has opportunity to shape future of Internet by Carolyn Tackett, The Leaf-Chronicle

 

Virginia

Bill won't curtail county broadband authority by Amber Galaviz, Orange County Review

 

West Virginia

2017 session so far...

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Posted February 20, 2017 by Nick Stumo-Langer

Alabama

Hunstville, Alabama is suddenly awash in broadband competition, showing why Comcast is so afraid of municipal broadband by Karl Bode, TechDirt

 

California

Broadband advocate brings rural perspective to California Assembly by Samantha Young, Government Technology

San Francisco community groups tapped for input on city broadband rollout by Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Colorado

Ex-FCC chief warns of concentrated Internet ownership, lax regulation by Greg Avery, Denver Business Journal

Firms make pitches for broadband by Grand Junction Sentinel

 

Massachusetts

'Bridge to nowhere'? So far, a middle mile with revenue problem by Patricia LeBoeuf, Berkshire Eagle

According to the RFP, eight potential providers indicated an interest in using the middle mile for those end-user connections that haven't materialized for most of Western Massachusetts.

"That was basically a bridge to nowhere — though the [community institutions] desperately needed it," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative based in Minnesota and an expert on community broadband networks. "Dollar for dollar, it was not a wise investment at the time." 

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