Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for episode 86 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Bruce Patterson on the network in Ammon, Idaho. Listen to this episode here.
Bruce Patterson: We build the road. And we let anybody that wants to use them use them. So, the commercial enterprises on those roads might FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service. We are not those entities. We are the entity that builds and maintains the roads. So we're completely open.
Lisa Gonzalez: Hi, there. You are again listening to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. This is Lisa Gonzalez.
In this episode, Chris connects with Bruce Patterson. He's the Technology Director for the City of Ammon, Idaho. Ammon began by building its network to connect a few municipal facilities. City leaders realized they could save some money, and control internal connections, if they built the network themselves, rather than leasing from a private company. The open access network now saves public dollars, provides needed connectivity, and even brings in some revenue. Ammon was one of the many communities that applied for, but did not receive, federal stimulus dollars, under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The story is compelling, because city leaders united together to pursue their vision and make it a reality. Today, the network also serves businesses, schools, and libraries. Ammon hopes to extend the network benefits even farther into the community. Here are Chris and Bruce, discussing the network in Ammon, Idaho.
Chris Mitchell: Welcome to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. I'm Chris Mitchell. And today, I'm speaking with Bruce Patterson, the City of Ammon Technology Director -- out there in Idaho. Welcome to the show.
Bruce Patterson: Thank you, Chris. I appreciate you inviting me.
Chris: Absolutely. I've been watching Ammon for a long time. I think you're doing some very interesting things. You're certainly blazing a trail in Idaho. Some of the first in the state. But let's start with a little bit of background, for people who aren't familiar with Ammon. ...Read more