Articles posted in the ‘Fiber’ Category

Utah Foundation Report Highlights Pioneering Work for Advanced Broadband, Including UTOPIA Gigabit Network

Fiber, Gigabit Networks October 19th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, October 19, 2015 – Utah has been leading the nation in many areas of broadband internet access and its proliferation, according to a report released on Wednesday by the non-profit Utah Foundation.

“Utah’s history of investing early and its collaboration among many public and private entities has helped develop an infrastructure that can support the local business climate, including Utah’s expanding tech sector which is heavily reliant on high-capacity networks,” reads the report, by Shawn Teigen, Christopher Collard and Robert Jordan of the foundation.

“It is likely that future internet applications will require exceedingly high-speed internet, far beyond that which is available today. Preparing the infrastructure now may be prudent,” write the authors.



Spurning Google Fiber, Portland Suburb of Lake Oswego Pushes Toward Broadband Partnership

Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Smart Cities October 14th, 2015

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon, October 14, 2015 – This suburb of Portland, a potential candidate for Google Fiber’s Gigabit-speed internet service, has said it isn’t willing to wait around for the search engine giant.

At a city council meeting here on Tuesday night, elected officials in this city of 37,000 listened, questioned and debated between two proposed public-private partnerships that would result in the construction of Gigabit-speed fiber-optic infrastructure.

City Council Meeting in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Instead of sitting and waiting for Google, the city council members appeared inclined to move forward on a public-private project with city involvement.

“There was a great buzz and excitement when Google announced” the possibility that it would come to Portland, said Councilmember Jon Gustafson during the session — but the city hasn’t wasn’t seen any action since that time.

Last year, Google announced possible expansion to Portland and five suburbs, including Lake Oswego. The company has made commitment, however.

“Google is still at the vapor stage,” added Chip Larouche, chief technology officer for the city. Speaking at the Tuesday meeting, he said that Google is “talking about how ‘we might make you a promise.’”

Instead, City Manager Scott Lazenby said that in June Lake Oswego put out a Request for Proposals to build their own Gigabit Network. The city received two responses from private companies, and one from the City’s own Public Works Department.


Startup Festival and Startup Culture Taking Root in Modern Provo, Home to BYU and Google Fiber

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, The Innovation Economy August 31st, 2015

Editor’s Note: This past week, Drew Clark’s column in the Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, was on the “The zeitgeist of modern Provo: Jobs and a good quality of life.” Click here for links to all of his Deseret News columns.

PROVO — What do you get when you cross a thriving technology and startup community with what Gallup called “the best place to live in America“?


That’s the zeitgeist here in Utah County. It’ll be celebrated with a new technology, business and cultural event here, dubbed Startfest, beginning on Monday, Aug. 31.

And because of the still-coalescing cultural power of information and communications technologies, Utah as a whole is sending a message to the world: Citizens of a particular city or region are no longer necessarily forced to choose between quality of life and economic opportunity.


FCC Workshop on eRate Funding Shows New Flexibility for School and Library Fiber Builds

FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Universal Service June 18th, 2015

June 18, 2015 – Recent changes to the eligibility rules for the Federal Communication Commission’s eRate program open the door for new fiber connections for schools and libraries using agency funds. Among the rule changes were the suspension of the requirement that applicants seek funding for large up front construction costs over several years, the […]

Consider the Broadband Breakfast Club in Salt Lake City, Discussing ‘GigUtah’: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Utah

Broadband TV, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 28th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2015 – The Utah Breakfast Club and Broadband Breakfast Club released the video of the organizations’ most recent event, “GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah.”

Panelists from the event included:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

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Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband Stimulus, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 27th, 2015

Panel on Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships

Editor’s Note: This is one of several wrap-up articles about the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit earlier this month in Austin, Texas. For the complete list of articles from the summit, visit

AUSTIN, April 27, 2015 – Raising funds to build high-speed internet infrastructure through municipal debt financing is finally becoming a reality, according to a panel of financiers and broadband builders speaking earlier this month here at the Broadband Communities Summit.

Members of the panel, “Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships,” surveyed the landscape of typical municipal bond financing — traditionally used to build transportation infrastructure — and discussed how it applies in the broadband space.

While the financiers on the panel eagerly posed questions, some of the practitioners eagerly showcased models of bank-worthiness for building open-access fiber networks. [...]

Broadband Breakfast to Sponsor ‘GigUtah’ Luncheon Event on Friday, April 24: Register for Free

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 21st, 2015

SALT LAKE, April 21, 2015 – Utah’s Gigabit Networks — from Google Fiber to UTOPIA to others – will be the subject of discussion at the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event on Friday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol.

The Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event, which will also be webcast live at, is being sponsored by Lunch will be available FOR FREE to registered attendees. Register below or at the Utah Breakfast Club event page at

Important But Overlooked NTIA Report Highlights Best-Practices for Public-Private Partnerships on Gigabit Networks

Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA April 13th, 2015

April 13, 2015 – Attention on the significance of community-based Gigabit Networks rose dramatically when President Obama included an announcement about the importance of community broadband networks in his State of the Union address in January, and in remarks in Cedar Falls, Iowa, one week before the speech.

5500700478_c9b5bc8f9a_oAt the same time, the White House also released a report of its own on community-based broadband solutions, which highlighted the growing demand for Gigabit Networks, and also focused on some of the laws that restrict municipalities’ involvement in broadband.

Somewhat overlooked in the process, however, was an important report released on January 14 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

In a blog post that day, NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling recapped the investments of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program: Upgrading 113,000 miles of fiber, and connecting 25,000 community anchor institutions.

The Commerce Department also released an important 16-page report, “BroadbandUSA: An introduction to effective public-private partnerships for broadband investments,”  that bears re-examination. [...]

Drew Clark: ‘Killer Apps’ for the Gigabit Economy: Why They Are Necessary to Sell the Benefits of Advanced Broadband Networks

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks February 10th, 2015

February 10, 2015 – With all the talk — and now the action — behind building Gigabit Networks by hundreds of cities across the United States, a key question emerges: What can actually be done with all the speed? Understanding the technologies that take advantage of Gigabit Networks is a key component of fleshing out […]

FCC to Put Its Legal Weight Behind Preemption of State Laws That Limit Community Gigabit Networks

Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks February 3rd, 2015

February 3, 2015 – The Federal Communications Commission will put its legal weight behind a petition that would preempt laws in North Carolina and Tennessee  that restrict the ability of community broadband networks to expand operations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will urge his fellow commissioners — and is expected to obtain support from a majority […]

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