Losing a Community Networking Pioneer

Remembering Gene Crick, a visionary leader devoted to empowering people through broadband

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Consolidated, Chesterfield Bond Over FTTH Broadband

Chesterfield leveraged changes in New Hampshire state laws that let communities issue public bonds to fund broadband networks. The town’s partnership with Consolidated Communications to build a townwide FTTH network could serve as a model for other communities.

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Taking the Economic Pulse of Community Broadband

Economic development professionals who completed the Revving the Community Broadband Economic Engine survey weighed in on the current availability, affordability and speed of broadband – and how communities are working to increase all three.

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FairlawnGig Fiber Boosts Regional Economy

The municipal fiber network in Fairlawn, Ohio, is strengthening the city’s economic position. Now Fairlawn is using fiber to lift the rest of the area as well.

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Six Ways Communities Can Help Providers Build Networks

Service providers and communities should look for common ground with public infrastructure and investments to spur rural broadband buildouts.

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A Digital Inclusion Blueprint For Public Housing

Monkeybrains and the city of San Francisco partnered to deliver gigabit service to public-housing residents.

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Is Fiber at the Tipping Point?

Medina County, Ohio, is trying a new model for financing and building rural broadband. If the model succeeds, it may be adaptable to other localities.

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Finding Middle-Mile Connections

The biggest challenge municipal networks face may be connecting to the public internet. Here’s a guide to overcoming that challenge.

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One Size Does Not Fit All

Three approaches to community broadband networks

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Technology Strategies for Municipal Fiber Broadband

Building next-generation gigabit architecture and outstanding subscriber experience into today’s networks is a sound investment.

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Value Engineering Adds Efficiencies For Huntsville Utilities

As electric utilities consider fiber network plays, well-thought-out designs will be key to their success. Here’s how Huntsville Utilities used value engineering to control fiber network construction costs and hone its plan.

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Q&A With Jeremiah Sloan, Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation: Arkansas Co-op Builds Fiber Fast

Using a digital network construction solution helped CECC deploy a fiber network 55 percent faster than expected and 12 percent under budget.

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Mapping as a Strategic Tool

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative used VETRO FiberMap to reduce troubleshooting time and meet demand for new fiber broadband service.

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Broadband Strategy and Doughnuts

When you can’t fund a communitywide network, your best strategy may be funding today’s best-served areas.

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Building a Community Vision

The technology challenge for a rural community is closing the gap between the digital infrastructure that is profitable for commercial providers but serves only part of the community and the infrastructure necessary to serve all community members. Local leaders, driven by a clear, aspirational vision of their community’s future, can proactively address this gap.

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Buy Local (Including Broadband)

Providing broadband locally – with help from electric utilities – can be a good way to anchor rural economies.

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Editor's Note: Broadband Is Bipartisan

In communities throughout the United States, people of all political persuasions know their economic vitality and quality of life depend on access to robust broadband.

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Working With What’s There

To deliver broadband cost-effectively, a community’s best option may be to partner with the incumbent telephone company.

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Q&A With Frank Latini, Gainesville Regional Utilities: Wholesale Strategy Succeeds for GRU

GATOR NET is a winning brand in the Gainesville, Florida, market, where University of Florida students love their symmetrical gigabit service.

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A New Lease on the Good Life

Evolving from apartment nicety to marketing necessity, broadband is king in Chattanooga’s fast-growing MDU market.

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