Broadband Roundup: City Leaders Call For Overturn of Local Broadband Bans
Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, FCC
July 28th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 – City leaders in Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, want the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that would prevent them from expanding their municipal networks, Broadcasting & Cable reported. With an existing ban in place in North Carolina, Wilson can only serve its municipal network, Greenlight, to residents […]
New Coalition for Local Internet Choice Aims to Spur More High-Speed Municipal Builds
Broadband's Impact, Fiber, States
July 15th, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – While interest in high-bandwidth internet is growing every year, many communities remain unserved because state laws inhibit local networks, according to local broadband activists. That’s why the Coalition for Local Internet Choice launched last month: to demonstrate the importance of giving local communities authority over their own networks. “It’s hard […]
Cities Need to be Involved in Municipal Broadband Because Their Future Depends Upon Such Networks, Says Panel
Education, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Health
May 29th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 – Four believers in municipal internet access expressed their dismay at the New America Foundation at an increasingly consolidated broadband marketplace – and promoted local government ownership as a remedy. Speaking on a panel of experts on Wednesday at the think tank, they blasted giants AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable […]
Fiber Investments by Counties Pay for Themselves, Says Broadband Consultant
April 8th, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas, April 8, 2014 – It makes sense for communities and local government to build fiber networks to manage their communications need, said Joanne Hovis, President of CTC Communications, at the Broadband Communities Conference here. Using a simple analysis of the costs to deploy T-1 communications networks versus fiber networks, Hovis showed how Montgomery […]
New Zealand Broadband Plan Sheds Light on U.S. Plan
Australia, Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, International, National Broadband Plan
July 22nd, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 – Broadband experts examined whether New Zealand’s ‘Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative’ contained lessons that could be applied to the U.S.’ own broadband situation Tuesday at a New America Foundation Panel (NAF).
Panelist Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute and one of the primary authors of the National Broadband Plan, exhibited confidence in America’s broadband future.
Community Broadband Providers Face Unique Challenges
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, States
June 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – Community broadband providers face unique challenges, said a group of experts Thursday at an event hosted by the New America Foundation. Broadband is a local issue and members of the communications community shouldn’t lose sight of that, said author Craig Settles, who is also president of Successful.com and co-director of Communities United for Broadband, in a speech just prior to the panel discussion.
Google Shakes Up Broadband Landscape With Fiber Build Initiative
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality
February 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – Google shook up the broadband world on Wednesday with the announcement, on its blog, that it plans to offer super-fast broadband, at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, to up to 500,000 homes.
Google framed its entrance into the marketplace to deploy fiber-optic services as a “testbed” to understand more about the way that consumers and businesses use internet applications when truly high-speed services are available.
“We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” said Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, project managers at Google. “We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.”
The Journey of a Million Miles Begins With Basic Broadband Research
Broadband Data, Expert Opinion
February 3rd, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Penn., February 3, 2010 – Investment in broadband infrastructure, most believe, is essential to our nation’s future economic health.
In an information economy, the race is to the swift: those who can quickly access more, better information will innovate, communicate, and transact at a far greater rate than those who cannot. That’s how the argument goes. As our nation prepares to invest billions in broadband infrastructure, it appears that “We the People” have accepted that argument.
One nagging question remains: is the argument valid?
Extending Broadband Well Worth Investments, Say Industry and Nonprofits
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 18th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2009 – The possible benefits of extending broadband to anchor institution, rural areas, and individual homes is well worth the effort and financial investment, a panel of industry experts and non-profit representatives agreed during a Friday panel discussion.
Report: Broadband Stimulus National Townhall Webcast
Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content
June 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2009 – The NTIA faces a choice between scoring broadband grants according to a common criteria, or meeting the manifold objectives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, panelists said at the Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall Meeting on June 4.