Tag Archives: rural broadband

Opaque OPALCO not the solution for Island broadband

This well-reasoned, well-documented op-ed from OPALCO members, Chris and Chom Greacens, is a must read for members of the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative who want to understand the risks associated with their electric co-op’s proposal to build and deliver … Continue reading

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USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding

USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding through its Community Connect program. Go here for the rules for this round. In its announcement the department notes: In addition to Community Connect grants, USDA Rural Development provides loans and loan guarantees … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Dark Fiber Brings $2.1 Million Per Year – this is more like it

The model described in this post from Community Broadband Networks is a more appropriate and sustainable government approach. Dark fiber leasing of government-owned fiber to taxpaying, private internet retailers can bring important high-speed connectivity to rural residents and businesses at … Continue reading

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Five rationales for municipal broadband, deconstructed, discredited – Part V

New York Law School authors Davidson and Santorelli in their March 2013 research, Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks, looked at five common rationales offered by municipal broadband advocates for government ownership and entry broadband service delivery. In this post we … Continue reading

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Five rationales for municipal broadband deconstructed, discredited-Part I

New York Law School authors Davidson and Santorelli in their March 2013 research, Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks, looked at five common rationales offered by municipal broadband advocates for government ownership and entry broadband service delivery. The first and … Continue reading

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Welcome congressional investigation of broadband stimulus projects in Minnesota

Don’t miss today’s article from Franklin Center’s Watchdog Minnesota reporter, Tom Steward,  Congress investigating MN broadband stimulus project. This excerpt caught my eye:   “While the committee recognizes the importance of expanding broadband access to rural areas of the country, we … Continue reading

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Millions Said to Be Wasted on U.S. Broadband Expansion – Bloomberg

Millions Said to Be Wasted on U.S. Broadband Expansion  according to Bloomberg on news of hearings in the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee’s subcommittee on communications. “The government has spent millions on equipment it did not need and on stringing … Continue reading

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