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Posted February 13, 2017 by Nick

California

Call Kurtis: Why your Internet provider choice is limited by Kurtis Ming, CBS Sacramento

 

Florida

City must play catch-up with Internet service by Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

In the absence of fast, reliable and affordable broadband access, should a city simply wait for the private sector to hook it up? Or should it declare that - like education, infrastructure, public safety and sanitation - ensuring access for all ought to be a basic function of government?

Chattanooga went with broadband access as a basic public service.

Meanwhile, back in Gainesville. Home of the University of Florida. Self-styled Innovation City. Would-be spawner of cutting edge start-ups. We're still pretty much a sleepy way stop on the High Speed Highway.

 

Massachusetts

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband expansion languished in Berkshires by Larry Parnass & Patricia LeBoeuf, Berkshire Eagle

“Getting high-quality internet is not the first time we’ve done this. We electrified the entire country and did it in a fiscally responsible manner,” he said.

Rather than start with a middle mile, Mitchell thinks Massachusetts should have fostered last-mile connections with alternative ways of connecting to distant trunk lines on the internet. And when it comes to local town networks, he believes people should think of what’s best locally. “Do you want that money [for service] going to Philadelphia or staying in your community?” he asked.

Inside the broadband meltdown: WiredWest retools after losing faceoff with MBI by Larry Parnass, Berkshire Eagle

Mount Washington, MA, rolls out municipal FTTH broadband...

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Posted February 6, 2017 by Nick

Idaho

First Ammon fiber district goes live by Kevin Trevellyan, Idaho Falls Post Register

 

Michigan

Community partnership opens up broadband potential by Jillian Fellows, Petoskey News-Review

 

Minnesota

Mapping out the future of broadband in Hibbing by Kelly Grinsteinner, Hibbing Daily Tribune

 

New York

Charter Sued by New York Over Internet Speeds by Shalani Ramachandran, Wall Street Journal

 

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Oregon

Fix digital divide in rural America by Jordan Feyerherm, Chinook Observer

 

Tennessee

Tennessee Governor proposes rural broadband initiative by Andy Sher, Government Technology

Haslam plan tilts broadband playing field by Sam Stockard, Memphis Daily News

State Reps. Pat Marsh and Art Swann emerged from a meeting underwhelmed by Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislation to spread broadband internet access across Tennessee. “I thought there would be a lot more to it,” says Marsh, a Shelbyville Republican, calling the proposal “a drop in the bucket” financially but at least a starting point.

Swann, a Maryville Republican who proposed rural broadband legislation in 2016...

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Posted January 23, 2017 by Nick

California

SF's model for citywide gigabit-speed Internet service could come by June by Joshua Sabatini, San Francisco Examiner

 

Colorado

Colorado Governor joins the battle to bring better broadband to rural America by Laura Hamilton, CED Magazine

 

Illinois

Shelby County, Ill., looks to boost broadband speeds by Stan Polanski, Government Technology

 

Massachusetts

Who is killing the towns of Western Massachusetts? by Susan Crawford, BackChannel

 

Michigan

Rural Internet expansion group rallying support by Jennifer Eberbach, Livingston Daily

Montcalm County adopts plan for broadband Internet growth by Amy Biolchini, MLive

 

New York

"Dig Once" policy is common sense legislation by WNYMedia Network

 

Oregon

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City seeks input on developing a publicly owned fiber optics network by Karrie Frillman, Wilsonville Patch

 

Virginia

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Posted January 16, 2017 by Nick

Massachusetts

Massachusetts joins effort urging the FCC to release Connect America funding to state by Joan Engebretson, Telecompetitor

 

Minnesota

Nobles County, Westbrook receive broadband grants by Karl Evers-Hillstrom, Daily Globe

 

New Hampshire

The fast road to better broadband by The Keene Sentinel

 

Virginia

Local leaders fear proposed bill could detail Roanoke Valley municipal broadband by Jacob Demmitt and Carmen Forman, Roanoke Times

A state House bill could limit municipal broadband initiatives in Virginia and derail expansion in the Roanoke Valley less than a year after the local authority landed its first customer.

Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell, said Thursday that the aim of the legislation she introduced is to limit tax money spent on government-subsidized internet service in areas already covered by private providers. The intent, she said, isn’t to kill local efforts to build a government-owned network across the region.

That, however, would be the effect for the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority, according to Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill.

 

General

Why Marsha Blackburn's rise is bad news for net neutrality and science by Sam Gustin, Motherboard Vice

“With Blackburn, the myth of Sisyphus comes to mind,” said Christopher Mitchell, Director for Community Broadband Networks at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and a...

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Posted January 9, 2017 by Nick

California

High-speed Internet service is Rancho Santa Fe Association board's top priority by Rick Sapp, Rancho Santa Fe Review

San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords by Shaun Nichols, The Register

 

Georgia

Area broadband utility uses $13.5 million grant by Augusta News Times

 

Kansas

Kansas City is leading the charge to bridge the digital divide by Ron Farmer, Kansas City Star

 

Maryland

After millions of investment, jurisdictions try to achieve potential of fiber network by Natalie Sherman, Baltimore Sun

Christopher Mitchell is a researcher for the Institute for Local Self Reliance, which follows broadband efforts across the country. In other countries, he said, developers responding to tenant demand have played a critical role in building out networks with competitive offerings.

"I'm glad to hear that real estate is getting more involved in this," Mitchell said. "I would expect to have more of this."

 

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Massachusetts

Verizon's Boston FiOS Fiber to the Home plan needs investigating - now. by Bruce Kushnick, Huffington Post

 

North Carolina

Let's make 2017 the year of Fibrant by Rex Boner, Salisbury Post

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Posted January 2, 2017 by Nick

California

Oroville may adopt 'dig once' broadband policy by Risa Johnson, Oroville Mercury

 

New ordinance gives SF apartment dwellers more Internet options by Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle

Thanks to a groundbreaking ordinance passed this month by the Board of Supervisors, owners of multiple-occupancy buildings will no longer be able to block their tenants’ access to the Internet providers of their choosing under most circumstances.

The ordinance, which passed unanimously, appears to be the first of its kind enacted by a U.S. city. It applies to both commercial and residential properties.

 

Colorado

Fort Collins might vote on broadband by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan

Fort Collins Internet effort mired in uncertainty by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan

CML's 7 legislative areas of interest for upcoming session by Mike McKibbin, Colorado Statesman

How Rio Blanco shows that a 'shared network' can make sense in rural Colorado by Broadband Breakfast

Rio Blanco County, a rural county in northwestern Colorado with a population of less than 7,000, held an override vote in 2014 and is now connecting customers to Rio Blanco Broadband, a network that will deliver fiber or wireless broadband access to nearly all premises.

 

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Posted December 19, 2016 by Nick

California

Broadband choice for the Bay Area by Emma Peck, San Francisco Examiner

Sonoma County increases rural area Internet access by Sonoma County Gazette

 

Georgia

Atlanta wraps up RFIs for fiber, wireless by Mari Silbey, LightReading

 

Massachusetts

Three rural communities get $1.9 million in state broadband money by Mary Serreze, MassLive

Three rural western Massachusetts communities without high-speed Internet could be on their way to joining the 21st century. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute last week approved $1.9 million in grants to support rural broadband deployment in Warwick, Alford, and Otis.

 

Minnesota

Grant to allow Lake County students Internet access on buses by Jamey Malcomb, Duluth News Tribune

 

New York

Two New York cities explore joint initiative with broadband possibilities by Maury Thompson, GovTech

 

Ohio

The hold in the digital economy by David Talbot, MIT Technology Review

Cutting red tape to help install fiber and then adopting flexible service models to facilitate competition could “help get away from today’s rigid models of information services,” says Christopher Mitchell, director of the community broadband networks initiative at the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit that, among other things, studies broadband. That might finally help end...

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Posted December 12, 2016 by Nick

Florida

Lake Worth sees 'social justice' in setting up free Wi-Fi by My Palm Beach Post Editorial Board

Lake Worth’s Community Redevelopment Agency has a plan to do just that. It is pushing for free public Wi-Fi citywide, particularly in the city’s poorest areas, to help school kids get ahead.

“Kids do everything on the internet,” Joan Oliva, the CRA’s executive director, recently told the Post’s Kevin Thompson. “How do kids even do their homework when they’re not in school and they don’t have a computer or they can’t get on the internet?”

Ohio

Everstream helps Lakewood launch high-speed fiber network by Crain's Ceveand Business

 

Tennessee

Chattanooga's EPB rated best internet provider in America by Dave Flessner, Times Free Press

 

Wisconsin

Area residents struggle to receive Internet service in rural areas by Bailey Harbit, WSAW-TV 7

Dane County woman calls for action over nonexistant rural Internet service by Leah Linscheid, WISC-TV 3000

Advocates' fears realized as Wisconsin directs energy dollars to Internet access by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

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Area group provides panel presentation on Internet affordability by Abigail Hantke, WEAU-TV 13

 

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Posted December 5, 2016 by Nick

Kansas

Kansas launches initiative to boost high-speed Internet access in schools by Jonathan Shorman, The Topeka Capital Journal

 

Massachusetts

State seeks 'last-mile' broadband providers by Diane Broncaccio, The Greenfield Recorder

 

New Mexico

Project creates 'digital backbone' along Central by Kevin Robinson-Avila, Albuquerque Journal

 

New York

Ambitious plan would connect city to fiber Internet by Justin Murphy, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

"I think this model Rochester is considering will (eventually) become the most popular," Mitchell said. "It's not unprecedented, but it's new-ish, and it's exciting to be considering it."

The rub, of course, is how to pay for it. While operating a fiber network is not particularly expensive, building one can be.

High-speed broadband coming to Alleghany County by Mike Desmond, WBFO 88.7

 

Ohio

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FairlawnGig challenges AT&T, Frontier hold with 1 Gbps plans by Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom

FairPoint establishes 'customized treatment' in its municipal broadband program by Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom

FairlawnGig municipal FTTP network connects customers by Lightwave

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