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Community Broadband Media Roundup - November 6
News Stories By State
Americans are paying more for broadband speed but getting less by David Lazarus, The Los Angeles Times
Colorado communities trying to lift limits on municipal broadband by John Aguilar, The Denver Post
Twenty six Colorado cities, counties lift 10-year ban on municipal broadband investment by Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom
Colorado Voters Shoot Down State's Awful Broadband Law by Karl Bode, DSL Reports
Colorado Voters Toss Restrictive Laws, Vote In Favor Of Allowing Municipal Broadband by Kate Cox, Consumerist
Voters in municipalities across Colorado this week overwhelmingly chose chose to the state’s 2005 law blocking the expansion of municipal broadband, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance reports. 44 different towns, cities, and counties had measures on their ballots regarding local authority of telecommunications services, and all of them passed by large margins, gaining between 70% and 93% of votes.
44 Colorado cities and counties voted yes to municipal broadband by Tamara Cheung, The Denver Post
Colorado’s muni broadband ban overridden in 44 communities by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica
Boulder hires consultant to explore municipal broadband buildout by Joshua Lindenstein, BizWest
With miles of fiber on hand, Boulder looks to enhance Internet service by Alex Burness, The Daily Camera
Lakeland Commission explores downtown as gigabit guinea pig by Christopher Guinn, The Ledger
That broadband plan Savannah Council candidates are talking about by Eric Curl, Savannah Now
Westminster to expand fiber optic network by Wiley Hayes, The Carroll County Times
Municipal-provided broadband wins big at Greenfield polls by Anita Fritz, The Recorder
Chattanooga, Tennessee gets first 10 gigabit residential internet service courtesy of EPB by Alan Buckingham, Beta News
Erwin utility points to broadband success, contrasting cable lobbyist's statements by Nathan Baker, Johnson City Press
“I would argue that every municipal broadband deployment has been successful,” Williams said Thursday. “The biggest thing we like to point out about municipal projects, specifically ours, is the availability to rural customers who may be underserved by existing services. In Unicoi County, only 75 percent is covered by a cable company, so 25 percent of our electric service area doesn’t have access to broadband.”
Erwin Fiber hasn’t borrowed heavily to build its network either, he said, challenging Farris’ debt claims.
CDE Lightband in the black this year by Alexander Harris, The Leaf Chronicle
Through the laying of a fiber network, Clarksville has been able to produce a broadband network with connection speeds of up to one-gigabit — about 100 times faster than the national average internet speed of 10 megabits per second, according to a CDE press release. This speed makes Clarksville one of only "a handful of surprisingly smaller" cities that have "created networks on par" with international leaders in internet speed, including Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris.
Munis fire back at cable over broadband bill by Post Politics
North Hamilton County residents want faster EPB service by Dave Flessner, Times Free Press
City Tech: Chattanooga’s Big Gig by Rob Walker, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy
Council Will Vote On City-Run Beacon Hill Gigabit Broadband Network by Ansel Hertz, The Stranger
In Fighting Comcast, City Leaders Differ on Scope of Public Internet Access by Casey Jaywork, Seattle Weekly News
An Island Community In Washington Built Its Own Broadband by John Wenz, Popular Mechanics
San Juan Islanders tell their Internet service provider to go pound sand by the Sky Valley Chronicle
Lack of Internet access makes climb out of poverty harder by Golda Arthur, Al Jazeera America
NY top prosecutor to Internet providers: Prove speed claims by Michael Virtanen, Seattle Times
Broadband Funding: It's There for Those Who Know Where to Look by Colin Wood, GovTech
Facebook, Amazon and Other Tech Giants Tighten Grip on Internet Economy by Don Clark and Robert McMillan, Wall Street Journal
Computing hardware has long served as the critical backbone of business operations. Today, the Internet economy is powered by an infrastructure that has become virtual, and is controlled by a small handful of tech giants.
Broadband grants come to Tallapoosa County by Cliff Williams, The Outlook
Little-known Internet network plans Western Colorado expansion to link students, nonprofits to supercomputers by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun
Partnerships can close the digital divide by Apoorva Pasricha & Kevin Frazier, GovTech
CPUC moves to help close digital divide for students by Bruce Mirken, Post News Group