Municipal Broadband Financial Analysis Raises Red Flags

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

Despite Appeals Court Decision, Municipal Gigabit Momentum Continues

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

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

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

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

San Francisco Municipal Broadband Targets $26 Monthly Base Price

City officials have recommended construction of a San Francisco municipal broadband network based on a public-private partnership. The recommendations came in a 103-page report issued by the office of Supervisor Mark Farrell on March 15. According to the San Francisco Municipal Fiber Advisory Panel’s report...Learn More

Chattanooga’s Smart Grid Receives PEER Certification

Chattanooga, TN (January 12, 2016) – Chattanooga’s Smart Grid, operated by EPB, has become the first major power distribution system to earn Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification. Owned and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), PEER is a comprehensive framework for defining,...Learn More

EPB Lands First Residential 10 Gbps Customer

October 23, 2015 — CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dr. Jim Busch, a radiologist and entrepreneur in Chattanooga, has become the first person in the world to have a 10 gigabit-per-second (10 Gig) residential Internet connection installed in his home. Dr. Busch, who is president of Diagnostic Radiology...Learn More

CEO Interview: EPB 10 Gigabit Broadband Rolls Out in Chattanooga

EPB, the Chattanooga utility company that was the first U.S. service provider to do a community-wide gigabit deployment, can now claim another first. The company has made 10 gigabit service available to businesses and residences throughout its footprint. In a phone interview, Telecompetitor asked EPB...Learn More

Gigabit and the Economy: A First-Hand Look at Chattanooga

Despite all the gigabit announcements we’ve seen over the last couple of years, the number of major cities where gigabit service already has been deployed to any major extent is still quite small. A July report from the Benton Foundation and Gig.U puts the number...Learn More

Chattanooga Gigabit: EPB Looking at Next-Gen PON

EPB, the first U.S. company to broadly deploy gigabit service residentially, has put any plans to expand service outside its electric utility service territory on hold, said Danna Bailey, EPB vice president of corporate communications, at a press event at the company headquarters in Chattanooga...Learn More

FCC Set to Reverse Certain Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation

Municipal broadband network operators in Tennessee and North Carolina could expand beyond their current service territories as the result of an order proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. If adopted later this month as expected, the order could pave the way for operators in other...Learn More

Report, Stakeholders Tout Gigabit Economic Benefits

Communities that have had wide availability of gigabit service since 2011 or earlier have a one percent higher gross domestic product (GDP) than similar size communities that have little or no gigabit service available, according to a report from consulting firm Analysis Group. Although that...Learn More

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