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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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Bandwidth Hawk: Electric Co-ops Embrace Fiber

Hundreds of electric co-ops are considering deployment of residential or business broadband – and almost all want to use fiber.

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You Got Peanut Butter In My Chocolate!

Wireless ISPs have a great technology solution. MDU property owners have a great customer base. Why shouldn’t they work well together?

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A Well-Rounded Education

Service providers and property owners can expand their knowledge about multifamily broadband at these three events.

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Hispanic Programming Is Evolving

Traditional linear delivery is still king in the world of Hispanic programming; OTT programs lag.

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Starting a Broadband Project Right

Good feasibility studies help communities move forward with their broadband projects. Bad studies are worse than none at all.

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Communities Join Forces For Broadband

Regional efforts to develop broadband infrastructure are becoming more common. Recent examples include collaborations between two towns in Maine, two counties in Virginia and two public entities in Skagit County, Washington.

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Cooperatives and Rural Broadband

Underserved communities can provide broadband for themselves through nonprofit, cooperative entities. Many co-ops that were originally set up to provide phone service and distribute electricity now deliver broadband as well.

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Broadband From the Ground Up

Community broadband projects often succeed only because local champions work for years to educate their neighbors about, and generate enthusiasm for, high-quality broadband.

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States Make the Right Moves

California, Washington and Indiana recently enacted legislation to help facilitate community broadband networks.

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Communities Rally To Bridge the Digital Divide

Nonprofits and municipalities work to get low-income residents access to the internet.

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Tools and Best Practices For Community Connectivity

Communities can follow these guidelines to assess their broadband needs, encourage public support for broadband, simplify their permitting practices and more.

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Municipal Broadband Pioneer Keeps Innovating

Ocala, Florida, was a gigabit city before gigabit was ‘a thing.’ After connecting anchor institutions and businesses to its fiber network, the city is gradually building out to residents.

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Fiber for Fairlawn

Fairlawn, Ohio, built an FTTH network for economic development. Now it’s joining forces with the Medina County Fiber Network to expand its reach and become more financially viable.

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Mont Belvieu Lights the Way for Texas

Texas law discouraged municipalities from providing broadband – until last year, when the city of Mont Belvieu obtained a court ruling that clarified its authority to finance, build and operate fiber networks and provide internet service.

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Lyndon Township Puts Skin in the Game

Community leaders often assume broadband projects that require local tax increases will never fly. The case of Lyndon Township, Michigan, shows that’s not always true.

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The Power of Local Action

At Broadband Communities’ 2018 economic development conference, held in October in Ontario, California, participants shared stories of local successes and struggles. Following are some of the highlights of the conference sessions.

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Decentralized Broadband

Residents of a small town in Oregon experiment with a broadband network that rewards its investors in real time.

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A New Way to Finance Fiber

Private activity bonds offer a low-risk way for cities to finance fiber builds. Here’s the catch: The project itself must be low-risk.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Because broadband has become an essential utility, network operators must prepare to deal with threats to system reliability – including malicious attacks.

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When Nothing Is Better Than Something

Your rural community may be blocked from receiving better internet service because of the availability of satellite or fixed wireless service. Here’s what to do about it.

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Choosing the Right Approach For SD-WAN Connectivity

Business customers are lining up to buy SD-WAN connectivity, so service providers are rushing to sell it. But before launching this service, be sure you’re offering what customers are looking for.

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