Wireless Tower Dispute May Derail BVU Optinet Municipal Broadband Sale

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A planned municipal broadband sale of BVU Optinet is in jeopardy, thanks to a disagreement regarding wireless tower assets. One of the early pioneers in municipal broadband, Bristol, Virginia based BVU Optinet was put up for sale back in February 2016 for $50 million to...Learn More

Lake Connections Sale Highlights Municipal Decision to Get Out of the Broadband Business

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The Lake County board of supervisors recently unanimously voted for a Lake Connections sale, offering the municipal broadband network up to what they hope is the highest bidder. Lake Connections was formed seven years ago and obtained $66 million in funding to build the municipally...Learn More

Partners in Broadband Project Recognizes Growing Utility, Electric Co-Op Entrance into Broadband

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Several organizations representing or serving rural telco and electric/utility providers have launched a campaign aimed at facilitating rural broadband deployment partnerships between telcos, municipals and electrics/utilities in unserved or underserved communities. The campaign, dubbed Partners in Broadband, comes from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association...Learn More

New England Municipal Video Provider Upgrades IPTV Middleware

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June 2, 2017 — Burlington VT – Competing against one of the largest cable providers in North America has gotten easier for Vermont-based municipal video provider Burlington Telecom. According to Abbie Tykocki, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the conversion to the APMAX IPTV Middleware solution has customers commenting about...Learn More

Municipal Broadband Financial Analysis Raises Red Flags

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Municipal broadband networks do not have a strong financial track record, according to an analysis conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. The municipal broadband financial analysis, which looked at 20 municipal fiber projects, found that only nine were cash-flow...Learn More

Latest Municipal Broadband Acquisition Comes from PEAK Internet

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The latest municipal broadband acquisition involves Oregon-based PEAK Internet, who has acquired EPUD Internet Services and Eugene Free Net from Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD), a publicly owned power company serving Lane County, Oregon. While the PEAK EPUD deal is less common than many of...Learn More

Broadband Attitudes Survey: 90% Say It’s Essential or Important

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Americans are sharply divided when it comes to whether or not federal laws should permit local governments to build, own and operate public broadband networks or subsidize home broadband network access for low-income residents, according to a broadband attitudes survey from the Pew Research Center....Learn More

EUGNet Offers Uncommon Gigabit Deployment Model

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An uncommon model for municipal broadband network deployment comes from Eugene, Oregon, where the local utility company is partnering with the city and other entities to build the network, dubbed EUGNet. The entities involved in the partnership to create EUGNet include the Eugene Water and...Learn More

IP Video Provider Layer 3 TV Partners with Muni Broadband Provider for Hosted Video

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A Colorado municipal broadband provider will complete their triple play bundle with a hosted video offer from Layer 3 TV. Longmont Power & Communications, located outside of Denver, currently offers broadband and phone under the NextLight brand. Layer 3 TV, based in Denver, is a...Learn More

Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation Progresses at State Level

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Anti-municipal broadband bills are currently making their way through legislatures in at least two states, while efforts in a third state to reverse anti-municipal broadband legislation have stalled. In Virginia, the House of Delegates February 7 voted to pass HB 2108. And although the bill...Learn More

ITIF: Broadband Populists Threaten Commercial Network Operators

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Broadband populists threaten commercial network operators and ultimately broadband deployment, argues the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation in a report released yesterday. These broadband populists include the likes of law professor Susan Crawford, the New America Foundation and The Free Press, according to the report....Learn More

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

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