Category: Municipal Broadband Blog Series

Recent FCC Proceedings Highlight Importance of Equity, Local Control

Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks to the media on the importance of net neutrality on December 1, 2010 at the headquarters of the FCC in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Like so many aspects of our national infrastructure, internet service has become such an integral part of our work, our personal lives, and our

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Mayors: A Responsive City Needs Great Internet Access

This is a guest post by Susan Crawford. A recent Webby Awards/Harris Interactive poll found that consumers – constituents, in other words – have come to expect real-time tracking, same-day delivery, and the opportunity to provide instant feedback regarding every service and business they encounter. 80 percent of respondents said they expect payments to be handled

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The Who, What and Why of Google Fiber

Having your city selected for deployment of Google Fiber has many of the same subsequent effects as the development of a municipally owned network. Photo credit: UCFFool (Mario at Google Fiber – Kansas City, MO), via Wikimedia Commons Google has built itself securely into our everyday lives. Between Google mail, Google chat and Google maps,

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Local Action, State Support Needed for Muni Broadband Expansion

This is a guest post by Angela Siefer. Getty Images According to the Institute for Local Self Reliance, over 400 communities in the United States have a publicly owned broadband network. But how did they get there? How did they access the poles? Where did they find existing assets? Are those assets available for anyone

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What is a Muni Network? Here are the Basics.

A user surfs the Internet at a free Wi-Fi hotspot provided by the City of New York. Getty Images. If you were to ask 100 people to define a network, you might get 101 responses. That’s because the word “network” has permeated nearly every professional and academic sector, and takes on a different meaning in each

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Muni Broadband 101: What You Need to Know

Municipal broadband networks meet the specific internet needs of a community — as the citizens and individuals there know and define them. A free Wi-Fi hotspot beams broadband Internet from atop a public phone booth. The City of New York launched a pilot program to provide free public Wi-Fi at public phone booths around the

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