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Craig Settles and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband.

Craig Settles and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband.
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Craig Settles and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband.






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Move Over Silicon Valley – The Gig City is the New Innovation Powerhouse!

Just up the highway from Silicon Valley, the Bay Area’s first gigabit city is transforming a former manufacturing powerhouse into a test bed of technology and other innovations. San Leandro joins Chattanooga and Kansas City with broadband-inspired economic development, government efficiency, education and telemedicine. City Hall, the Police Department, and all City facilities are connected to a 10-gigabit port via Lit San Leandro, which has increased the facilities City Hall bandwidth by...


SHLB Tools Help Anchor Institutions Boost Broadband Adoption

The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition developed not one but 10 policy proposals to address broadband. Called the “Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan”, these documents provide ideas and actionable policy recommendations for government leaders at the federal, state, and local levels to address the broadband needs of anchor institutions. John Windhausen, SHLB Executive Director, explains our audience how these policy directives are part of the...


A Co-op. Just for Broadband? Of course!

People say, “broadband is just like electricity in the 1920s. That’s why electric co-ops were formed, and why they need to build community broadband.” But why not build a co-op specifically for broadband? In Minnesota several communities recently started a broadband co-op. Are more on the way? Chris Mitchell, Director of Community Broadband Networks at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), makes the case that more rural communities need to create broadband co-ops to address the...


Community Broadband Feasibility Study: Does It Do More Harm Than Good?

It could be time for communities to re-think the feasibility study process. They can spend up to $150,000 to complete a study, but are communities really resolving the questions they need to pursue? Some feel that a process with its roots in the 1970s needs an upgrade to keep pace with 21st-Century infrastructure. Richard Frank created custom GIS and other technologies to streamline the engineering-planning and design phase. He feels the typical feasibility study for a public network adds...


First Gig City in Ohio Brings the Best of Both (fiber & wireless) Worlds

With all the hype about fiber, we sometimes forget wireless still has an important role to play. Fairlawn, Ohio supports over 22,000 people every day in addition to its 7,400 residents, so they had to have guaranteed super-fast, reliable and flexible Internet access. Their infrastructure solution made them one of the highlights of the recent Broadband Communities Summit. Ernie Staten, Dep. Director of Fairlawn’s Public Service Department, and Mitch Drake, Fujitsu Network Communications’...


Broadband Does More for Local Government Than Make PCs Run Faster

Many people think broadband benefits local governments by making PCs, apps and systems run faster. But what happens when the process of governing accelerates into gig speed? In two months, Next Century Cities expects to find out. At the Broadband Communities Summit, cities were offered a $30,000 prize as a reward for creative thinking on using broadband to tackle local challenges. Next Century Cities announced their “Next Generation Engagement Awards” for three cities (up to $30,000 each)...


Libraries: Broadband Leaders of the 21st Century.

With this week’s modernization of the FCC’s Lifeline, the impact of libraries in this program is a crucial discussion, though I’m still trying to understand how community broadband can be used in the program. Don Means, Director of the library advocacy group Gigabit Libraries Network, explains how libraries can facilitate broadband planning, financing and the marketing of the networks once they are build. Looking at the public networks that have been built, some communities could have...


Don't Forget Politics in Your Muni Broadband Marketing Plan.

Developing relationships with elected officials and city government staff is critical to any muni network marketing plan, both locally and at the state level. For many communities, public networks are bipartisan efforts. At the state level, however, getting both sides of the aisle to come together behind these networks produces mixed results. The city of Sandy Oregon has a very stellar relationship between City staff, elected officials and constituents. City IT Director Joe Knapp and Sandy...


Using NTIA's New BroadbandUSA Programs for Your Community

It's all hands on deck as several Obama Administration agencies and departments spring into action implementing components of the Obama Broadband Doctrine announced recently in Cedar Falls, IA. Today learn how your community can get vital assistance executing network deployment and adoption efforts. The BroadbandUSA initiative, a program of the Dept. of Commerce's National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA) will: provide expertise, tools and information to benefit...


The Obama Broadband Doctrine, Cedar Falls and What's Next

Cedar Falls, IA became Ground Zero for launchinga Presidential drive for gigabit community-owned broadband throughout the U.S. Learn how this 20-year oldnetwork took center stage last week as the latest beacon leading cities nationwide on the path to faster, better public-owned broadband. Broadband is driving Cedar Fall's economic activities. Listenersget adetailed breakdown of the city's progress since upgrading to a gigabit network a year agofrom Bob Seymour, Planner III/Economic...


CLIC to Help Turn Tide on Muni Network Restrictions.

There are 20 are about states with restrictions on muni- and public utility-owned broadband. More states may try to join them in 2015. But communities across America are gearing up to push back. Learn how the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) is supporting them and how you can help. Local Internet choice directly impacts economic development and job creation, innovation, investment, and competition. Jim Baller, President of CLIC, and Joanne Hovis, CEO of CLIC, discuss why local...


How Do You Spell Community Broadband Success? Hint: Constituents hold the a

A large majority of municipal and public utility broadband networks are successes. Next Century Cities lays out several paths to help your community to reach this winner's circle. NCC Executive Director Deb Socia describes for listeners a range of business and funding models for community broadband that are creating success stories around the country. Communities such as Santa Monica, CA and Mount Vernon, WA built success by using their networks for replace T1 lines and other old...


Playing to Win At the Broadband Ballot Box

State laws mandating these public-owned broadband networks get voter approval through referendum campaigns used to mean near-certain death for any project. Kiss those days goodbye! Meet the winners who have turned the tide. November 4, EIGHT towns and counties all passed ballot initiatives to return the authority to pursue broadband to their constituents. With 70% or more of the vote. Predominately Democrat or Republican didn’t matter. How did they do that!? Representatives of Boulder, Rio...


Making the open access/wholesale model work for community broadband

ATTENTION: There is heavy static in show's first 3-4 minutes, but it clears up after that. The pride of the pack when it comes to community broadband business models is the open-access model in which the local government or public utility owns the physical network and private-sector ISPs deliver services to subscribers. It looks like a relatively easy model to pursue, and dozens of communities say this is their preferred option. In reality, making open access work is a monster challenge...


They owe us $400 billion! Why trust the telcos with an open Internet?!

If someone owed you $400 BILLION, would you really trust them to look out for your best interests? Currently, Comcast is trying to convince regulators that it's in consumers' best interest if they swallow up Time Warner, AT&T apparently wants to broker a grand compromise on net neutrality and several giant incumbents are arguing that public-run networks are the scourge of Satan. A just released book provides a mountain of data that suggests regulators should take great caution in assessing...


Congress Seeks to Destroy Broadband Lifeline to Urban & Rural Poor

Congressional reps, in theirannual pique over the abuses of a couple of wireless companies, are attempting to once again throw out the broadband baby with the water of a corrupted few. Atty. Anthony Veach, from telecom industrylaw firmBennet & Bennet PLLCjoins us to discuss House bill 5376'sthreat to broadband usage in underserved communities. Veach describes how thecurrent FCChas made reforming its telecomindustry-funded Lifeline grant program a priority, and discusses whetherCongress's...


The great thing about community broadband marketing is…it works!

Many communities must understand that, without a well-crafted and executed creative marketing strategy, their broadband networks will have limited success. This is particularly true in states such as North Carolina that have a hostile political climate for public networks. Salisbury, NC has held their own for four years, but plans to turn on the marketing afterburners to accelerate their growth and impact on the community. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell...


Get your head in the clouds! That's where the community broadband money is.

As the endless stream of RFPs for community broadband feasibility studies widens, are these communities considering the intersect between broadband and cloud computing? It's important to have quality infrastructure that reaches all constituents, but it's equally important to build an infrastructure that supports applications that make the network financially sustainable. Learn how to create a role for cloud computing in your broadband planning. Bernie Arnason, publisher and editor of...


3D printing & community broadband will change the world! Are you ready?

Feetz don't fail me now! Chattanooga this week unveiled several awe-inspiring 3D applications that development teams created this summer on the city's gig network. As broadband champions get their brains wrapped around 3D printing and the technology's potential benefits, it's immediately clear why your broadband plan should include 3D printing apps. Two companies from Demo Day give you an eye-opening peek at the future. Feetz This is is a 3D printing manufacturer and retailer that creates...


Live from Chattanooga! Gigabit Nation 3rd Anniversary Broadcast.

Three years ago, July 27, 2011, Gigabit Nation launched to help public, private and nonprofit organizations get better broadband everywhere it needs to be. Chattanooga's gig network was my first feature. Join the show's 3rd Anniversary broadcast live from EPB, Chattanooga's public utility and operator of the first U.S. citywide gigabit network. Chattanooga is one of the rock stars of U.S. broadband. Meet key players from center stage and behind the scenes driving innovation, economic...


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