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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Feasibility Studies for Municipal Broadband

What communities should do during the planning phase of a broadband project – and what they can save for later

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Engaging the Community

Generating community support for a broadband project is critical for its success.

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Topics in Community Broadband

Q&A with Cheri Beranek, CEO of Clearfield Clearfield’s fiber management equipment is used in many community broadband networks, and the company is known for working closely with small deployers ...
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Huntsville Becomes a Gig City

Huntsville Utilities in Alabama is pioneering a new model for community broadband.
So far, all the signs look good.

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Why Municipal Networks Should Be Disruptive

The traditional telecom model is not working. For a locality to succeed with a municipal broadband alternative, it can’t just duplicate the incumbent model.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Fiber Race

Three communities find success in incremental fiber network builds.

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A Record Increase In Municipal Fiber Broadband

Broadband Communities’ 2017 census of municipal and public-private fiber networks now shows 216 active projects – and many more in preliminary stages.

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Editor's Note: Community Broadband Is a Local Choice

Citizens and local elected officials should be able to control their communities’ broadband destinies.

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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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