Articles from the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin
April 27th, 2015
Editor’s Note: Below are links to the articles published on BroadbandBreakfast.com about the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas, from April 13-16, 2015: April 27, 2015 – Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit April 16, 2015 - Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers April 14, 2015 - FCC […]
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.
At 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. [...]
For Utah’s UTOPIA, New Utility Financing Model for Open Gigabit Networks Contrasts with Google Fiber
Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks
May 5th, 2014
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, May 5, 2014 – One of the largest global companies involved in the construction of highways, airports, bridges and other capital-intensive infrastructure projects plans to spend more than $300 million to complete a Gigabit Network in Utah. The Australian-based company, Macquarie Capital, believes that it has found its first North American […]
ITIF Panel Debates Government Intervention in Broadband Networks
June 2nd, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation assembled a panel Wednesday to debate the merits and minuses of government support of broadband networks.
The Oxford-style debate, “Governments Should Neither Subsidize nor Operate Broadband Networks to Compete with Commercial Ones,” included four panelists. Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF and Jeff Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal of Navigant Economics argued against government intervention; Jim Baller, President of Baller Herbst Law Group, and Chris Mitchell, Director of Telecommunications at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argued in favor.
Broadband Maps a Necessary Component of Stimulus Grants, Says Stearns
Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA
July 17th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2009 – The House Subcommittee on Communications will hold a hearing “in the near future” on making broadband maps a necessary component of awarding Broadband Initiatives Program and Broadband Technological Opportunities Program grants, subcommittee ranking member Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., said Thursday.
Illinois Plants 'Johnny Appleseed' Projects Promoting Broadband in State
September 3rd, 2008
September 3 – In describing efforts to improve broadband in Illinois, Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn uses this analogy: “We have to be the modern-day, 21st century Johnny Appleseeds, planting good technology projects all over the state.”