Kitzhaber appoints three new members to Oregon Broadband Advisory Council ( Albany Tribune) May 2, 2013


Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed three new members to the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. The members of the Council are community leaders representing Oregon’s cities, counties, telecommunications service providers, Native Tribes, educators, economic development organizations, public safety agencies, healthcare providers, e-government, the Public Utility Commission, and the Oregon State Legislature.

Google expands free wi-fi in The Dalles (Oregon Live) February 23, 2013

Google said this morning that it’s invested another $50,000 to expand free Wi-Fi in The Dalles, where the company has a $1.3 billion data center.

Cottage Grove, OR looks to bring jobs to town with fiber expansion (Community Broadband Networks) January 11, 2013

Cottage Grove, Oregon, is on the cusp of adding up to 250 new jobs with the aid of its fiber optic network.  A recent Register-Guard.com article by Serena Markstrom details the potential project between the City and First Call Resolution. The company is interested in expanding to a Cottage Grove shopping strip. While the space is the right size and location, it does not have the needed telecommunications connections for a high-capacity call center.


How a muni network in The Dalles led to a $600 million data center ( Community Broadband Networks) December 26, 2012

As I recently mentioned in my endorsement of Tubes by Andrew Blum, the book explains how a municipal fiber network helped to attract Google to town. Google sited its first “built-from-scratch data center” there, a $600 million investment according to Stephen Levy.

Broadband bargain reached between Oregon City and Clackamas County(Oregon Live) October 10, 2012

After a year marked by miscommunication and mistrust, Clackamas County and Oregon Cityhave reached a tentative deal that would allow the county to complete an $11.1 million broadband project.

What would a PUD cost? (Coast River Business Journal) February 2, 2012

Discussions about forming a Clatsop people’s utility district to provide electric services center on four issues:

* Cost

* Service and reliability

* Renewable energy

* Accountability.

How to form a PUD in 10 steps (Coast River Business Journal) February 2, 2012

Establishing a people’s utility district (PUD) in Oregon can take several years.

It requires:

* Voters to weigh in on whether or not the district should be formed

* Issuing a levy to pay for the election and consultants’ fees

* And determining who should make up a five-person PUD board.

People’s utility district for Clatsop? (Coast River Business Journal) February 2, 2012

Pacific Power and Light is working to dissuade Clatsop County officials from supporting a local people’s utility district (PUD).

The issue surfaced Jan. 10 when Pat Egan, Pacific Power’s vice president of customer and community affairs, gave public testimony to the county’s Planning Commission that called a portion of the county’s draft strategic plan “ill-conceived.”

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