Community Broadband Media Roundup - December 8

Community Broadband Stories By State


Voters ask city to continue broadband conversation by Darin Atteberry, The Coloradoan

Last month, 83 percent of Fort Collins voters chose to overturn Senate Bill 152, removing legal barriers to the city of Fort Collins’ direct or indirect involvement in providing high-speed broadband. That vote allows us to spend the next several months carefully exploring possibilities in order to identify and begin planning for an appropriate model in Fort Collins.

It is clear that this community wants next-generation high-speed broadband access. City Councilmembers and I regularly hear from residents and businesses that the status quo is not working, and that faster speeds and greater reliability are crucial moving forward.



MBI faults WiredWest plan, won’t use state money for it by Diane Broncacchio 

Massachusetts Broadband Institute pulls funding from WiredWest, advises towns to walk away from proposed contract by Mary Serreze



Competition and community savings by Christopher Mitchell, Pioneer Press

Update: Local telecom companies receive broadband grants, local projects supported by Nancy Madsen, Mankato Free Press



New York

Will Monroe County open up its fiber network? by Rachel Barnhart, Rochester First



Tacoma could be first major Washington city with publicly-owned broadband network by Henry Rosoff, KIRO-TV



State grants to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas by Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel

Norvado awarded $98,000 grant for high-speed internet by Kevin Murphy, Ashland Daily Press


City looks for ways to improve Gillette's broadband for businesses by Mykayla Hilgart, Gillette News Record



House Subcommittee Plans Vote on Broadband Boosters by John Eggerton, MultiChannel

Need to Boost Economic Development? Invest in Your Network Infrastructure by GovTech

This Is What Happens in a World Ruled by Broadband Monopolies by Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

This is what happens when broadband monopolies rule the world. “For me, personally, it’s like my life stopped right now,” Stewart’s Mayor Galina Durant told the CBC. “My community, including my house and my office, will be without an internet connection.”

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