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Posted November 28, 2016 by Nick

Alabama

Here's why Huntsville Internet customers should soon see lower prices by Travis Leder, TechAlabama

 

California

As Google Fiber scales down its broadband business, San Francisco moves ahead on its own by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

Google’s strategic shift shouldn’t have come as a surprise, says Christopher Mitchell, a broadband expert at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Signs abounded that the company, now called Alphabet, didn’t see broadband service as a core business and was becoming more interested in other ventures, including self-driving cars. Its insistence on building on its own terms should have been a warning for companies that thought it would be the answer to their digital dreams.

“When you’re begging for something from a big company like Google,” Mitchell says, “you take what you can get.”

 

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Colorado

Superior, Lafayette to probe potential of municipal broadband by Anthony Hahn, Longmont Times-Call [Republished in Boulder Daily Camera & Government Technology]

 

Indiana

Fiber connectivity coming to Goshen departments by John Kline, Goshen News

 

Virginia

County seeking state funds in bid to improve Internet by Gabe...

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Posted November 21, 2016 by Nick

Alaska

Fairbanks Representative looks to improve rural Internet by Dan Bross, Alaska Public Radio

 

California

As Google Fiber scales down its broadband business, San Francisco moves ahead on its own by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 

Colorado

Will CenturyLink, Level 3 merger boost Boulder County broadband service? by Jerd Smith, Boulder Daily Camera

He's done battle with monopolies such as CenturyLink, demanding better service for his customers back when it was known locally as U.S. West and then Qwest, which once were the only places to get broadband connectivity. He's also taken advantage of the gaps these mega players leave open for small entrepreneurial companies like his.

"At a high-level I think it's too bad," Ilacqua said. "There is one less choice in the world."

Governments take on pot, broadband by Charles Ashby, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

County officials tout options after broadband measure by Katharhynn Heidelberg, Montrose Press (subscription required to view the entire article)

Fort Collins wants to talk high-speed Internet by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan

 

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Massachusetts

Pole replacements are for broadband, not for PMLD by Phyllis Booth, Landmark News

 

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Posted November 14, 2016 by Nick

Colorado

Dozens more Colorado communities rejected SB 152, clearing the way for municipal broadband by Andrew Kenney, Denverite

Another set of Colorado counties vote to toss restrictive law, permit municipal broadband by Kate Cox, Consumerist

Part of the reason broadband competition is so dang hard to come by for millions of us? Protectionist, industry-backed laws that make it either obscenely difficult or outright illegal to start a public network. Colorado is one of the states with such a law on the books, but voters in the Centennial State are once again saying they’d rather municipal networks had a chance.

MuniNetworks, which supports and advocates for communities to be able to build networks when they choose, reports that every single one of the 26 local municipal broadband networks on ballots in Colorado Tuesday passed with flying colors.

Golden, Lafayette and 24 Colorado communities vote yes on broadband Internet alternatives by Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post & True Viral News

Colorado communities preempt state muni broadband limits by John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable

Colorado voters oppose Comcast-written protectionist state law by Karl Bode, DSL Reports

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Posted November 7, 2016 by Nick

Colorado

26 Colorado communities will vote on building their own Internet networks by Jason Koebler, Motherboard Vice

Next Tuesday, November 8, 26 separate Colorado communities will vote on whether their local governments should build high speed fiber internet networks to compete with or replace big telecom internet service providers.

So-called municipal fiber ballot initiatives have become an annual tradition in Colorado, as roughly 100 communities have voted on measures that provide legal cover to governments who want to build new networks.

Broadband: A necessity for building our economy by David White, Montrose Daily Press (subscription required to view the entire article)

Municipal initiatives on marijuana, taxes, broadband also on Colorado ballots by Joey Bunch, Colorado Springs Gazette

Fort Collins considers municipal broadband by Russell Haythorn, Denver Channel 7 ABC

 

Illinois

In Illinois, rural co-ops see energy advantage with broadband by David J. Unger, Midwest Energy News

The smart grid is only as smart as an Internet connection is strong. As advanced meters, smart thermostats and other web-enabled energy devices spread across Illinois and beyond, so too does the need for reliable, broadband communications.

In cities and suburbs, there is enough infrastructure to make it a non-issue. But in rural communities outside Chicago and other cities, roughly 39 percent of residents lack access to high-speed Internet service, according to a study last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

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Posted October 31, 2016 by Nick

Georgia

City and county launch municipal broadband survey by Jim Morekis, Connect Savannah

 

Minnesota

County's broadband speeds rank fourth-worst in MN by Marie Johnson, Perham Focus

RS Fiber: A new rural Internet cooperative by Scott Carlson and Christopher Mitchell, Broadband Communities Magazine

Rochester City Council needs to act on municipal broadband by Jim Jensen, Rochester Post Bulletin

 

New York

WCA enters partnership to bring smart growth and gigabit broadband to Westchester by Broadband Providers Magazine

 

North Carolina

Community broadband advocates butt heads with North Carolina officials on best path forward by Alex Koma and Colin Wood, StateScoop

North Carolina lawmakers could soon help close the divide in high-quality broadband access between the state’s urban and rural areas. By reversing policies restricting cooperatives, and local governments from offering internet service, citizens could gain new broadband options, according to a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a group that advocates for municipal networks.

 

Tennessee

The city that was saved by the Internet by Jason Koebler, Motherboard Vice

 

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Posted October 24, 2016 by Nick

California

Legislation would give SF residents more choice in Internet service providers by Bay City News, San Francisco Examiner

Supervisor Mark Farrell on Tuesday introduced legislation requiring property owners to allow tenants in multi-unit buildings to choose their own internet service provider.

While federal law prohibits property owners and property managers from entering into exclusive agreements with service providers, ISP’s estimate that roughly 500 multi-unit buildings in The City have limits in place that effectively prevent residents from using alternate providers, according to Farrell.

 

Colorado

1A improves technology opportunities for the future by Sallie Clark, Colorado Springs Gazette

Take 10 minutes to participate in broadband survey by Craig Daily Press Editorial Board

Lafayette issue 2E: Authorizing municipal broadband by Boulder Daily Camera

Superior issue 2G: Authoritizing municipal broadband by Boulder Daily Camera

 

Connecticut

Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz named state broadband champion of the year by Norwalk Plus

 

Florida

Comcast to limit amount of Internet data customers can use monthly by Kara Duffy, CBS-12

 

Maine

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Posted October 17, 2016 by Nick

Connecticut

At least one state has a (fiber) backbone by Susan Crawford, Medium

 

Massachusetts

Susan Crawford makes the case for the Responsive Communities Initiative by Gretchen Weber, Harvard Law Today

 

New Hampshire

Broadband: A story of capacity and speed by Abby Kesller, Monadnock Ledger Transcript

 

North Carolina

Report calls for end of N.C. broadband restrictions by Tim Marema, The Daily Yonder

North Carolina’s small-city and rural residents could be a lot further along in adopting higher-capacity broadband at home if the state would ease laws that restrict phone and power cooperatives’ participation in the internet business, according to a new report.

 

New Mexico

One small college tackles the growing digital divide by Leah Todd, Santa Fe New Mexican

 

New York

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4 Westchester cities join forces to bring ultra-high broadband to county by Michael Poyton, New Rochelle Patch

 

Oregon

Eugene spending $4 million to improve downtown fier network, Internet access by Elon Glucklich,...

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Posted October 10, 2016 by Nick

Colorado

Breckenridge to vote on broadband ballot measure by Kailyn Lamb, Summit Daily News

Massachusetts

Wellesley Municipal Light Plant seeking commercial customers to test broadband Internet service by The Swellesley Report

Broadband coming to Ashfield by Diane Broncaccio, Greenfield Recorder

New York

Gigabit Internet: 5 things to know by Jordan Fenster, Lohud Journal News

Gigabit: Why Westchester and not the Big Apple? by Avram A. Billig & Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, Lohud Journal News

Beneath the dense metropolis of New York City is a "rat's nest" of utility wires, according to Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Digging around these wires to install new cables is both costly and could lead to unintended outages. "If you're Verizon, there's a big incentive to have this kind of rat's nest because you already have your space," said Mitchell. Less densely packed communities are able to cut costs dramatically by using utility poles, which Mitchell cites as being around 10 times cheaper than digging.

North Carolina

Public housing broadband coming to North Carolina community by Olivia Neeley, GovTech

Pinetops loses high-speed Internet by Lindell John Kay, Rocky Mount Telegram

High-speed internet could have jump started Pinetops’ real estate market, Carmon said, adding that with homes valued around $78,000 and the option of faster internet speeds, Pinetops could have become a bedroom community for nearby...

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Posted October 3, 2016 by Nick

Georgia

Broadband survey looks to boost Internet service in rural Northeast Georgia by Joshua Silavent, Gainesville Times

In Dahlonega, for example, residents have only Windstream to choose from. The only thing preventing new providers from emerging in rural parts of the state is economics.

“I don’t believe a monopoly is the answer,” Gooch said.

Indiana

Lafayette upgrades public Wi-Fi access by Jeremy Ervin, Lafayette Journal & Courier

Kansas

Public-private partnership sought for high-speed Internet service in Topeka and Shawnee County by Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal

Massachusetts

Cambridge needs strong dig once/touch once policies by Saul Tannenbaum, Medium

Broadband committee urges town to vote for muncipal light plant by John Osborn, Harvard Press

Minnesota

Ely vying for broadband grant, would benefit area by Tom Coombe, Ely Echo

North Carolina

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Appeals court decision kills North Carolina town's gigabit Internet, could your town be next? by Brandon Hill, Hot Hardware

Tennessee

AT&T sues...

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Posted September 26, 2016 by Nick

Colorado

Centennial's gigabit Internet service now taking pre-orders by Tamara Chuang, Denver Post

Centennial was one of the first communities in the state to opt out of a 2005 state law known as SB152, which restricts municipalities from using taxpayer money to build broadband networks. By the time Centennial voted in 2013, the city of Longmont was alreadygetting its gigabit Internet service up and running. In Colorado, 71 cities and counties passed a measure freeing them to look into municipal broadband. Another 14 will try on the Nov. 8 ballot, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

 

Iowa

Community gets broadband update by Brittany Bierle, New Hampton Tribune

 

Kentucky

Kentucky's statewide broadband network moves forward with build-out by Government Technology News Staff

 

Massachusetts

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Municipal broadband for Harvard? by John Osborn, Harvard Press

 

North Carolina

Muni ISP forced to shut off fiber-to-the-home Internet after court ruling by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Severed connection: Pinetops to lose broadband by Halloween by Brie Handgraaf, Wilson Times

Brave telco giants kill threat of decent Internet service in rural North Carolina by Shuan Nichols, The Register

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