ILSR Creates Useful Map and List of Municipal Broadband Networks

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The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each...Learn More

$3.5 Million in Rural Broadband Experiment Support Authorized for Minnesota Project

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The FCC has authorized Rural Broadband Experiment support totaling nearly $3.5 million for Lake Connections, a community-owned network in rural Lake County, Minnesota.  The support will go toward bringing broadband service to 845 census blocks comprising 8,497 locations that do not have broadband available to...Learn More

Muni Broadband Provider TUA Upgrades Fiber Network with Calix

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TULLAHOMA, TN — (Marketwired) — 11/29/16 — Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), the world leader in subscriber driven access, today announced that municipal utility broadband pioneer Tullahoma Utilities Authority (TUA) is moving its fiber future forward with Calix. Since introducing LightTUBe fiber services in 2008, TUA...Learn More

Connected Nation Exchange/ Macquarie Capital Partnership Targets Municipal Broadband

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Columbus, Ohio — Oct. 11, 2016 — Speaking at the 2016 SmartGig Ohio Business Technology Conference, CNX CEO Brian Mefford announced a newly created partnership between CNX, a broadband strategy and asset optimization firm, and Macquarie Capital (“Macquarie Capital”), the corporate advisory, capital markets and...Learn More

Despite Appeals Court Decision, Municipal Gigabit Momentum Continues

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News this week of five new municipal gigabit networks is a reminder that the recent municipal appeals court decision will have little or no impact in some states or for certain municipal network operators. A recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...Learn More

Eshoo Community Broadband Act Seeks Municipal Broadband Rights

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U.S. House Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18th District) has introduced legislation aimed at enabling local communities to provide service over community-owned broadband networks. The Eshoo Community Broadband Act of 2016 is modeled on bi-partisan legislation introduced in 2005 by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen....Learn More

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

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Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson, North Carolina Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision put a halt...Learn More

Appeals Court Municipal Broadband Decision Bad News for Publicly-Owned Networks

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Municipally-owned broadband networks suffered a blow yesterday when a federal appeals court struck down an order adopted by the FCC that reduced state-level restrictions against such networks. In the 25-page appeals court municipal broadband decision, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals argued that the...Learn More

ITIF Wants Pro-Infrastructure 5G Policies

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Federal, state and local governments need to implement 5G policies that facilitate dramatic expansion of wireless network capacity, flexibility and connectivity, says a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a non-profit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank. In a summary of its ¨5G...Learn More

State Broadband Policies: New York Tops in Survey

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New York has the most favorable conditions for broadband deployment and adoption of 48 U.S. states, according to a new survey. The survey about state broadband policies was conducted by Strategic Networks Group (SNG) and Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC). SNG is a business that measures...Learn More

Report: The Cooperative is a Good Model for Publicly Owned Broadband Networks

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The cooperative ownership model could be a good one for publicly owned broadband networks according to a new report published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Next Century Cities. The 30-page report focuses on the experiences of RS Fiber, a Minnesota network that was...Learn More

Municipal Broadband Debate: Should Broadband be Free?

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The municipal broadband debate often centers on the role municipal governments should play in delivering broadband to its citizens. Many municipals are entering the broadband access business by building and operating their own networks. Others are building public-private partnerships and inviting private broadband access providers...Learn More