The Broadband Stimulus Game – Should I Stay or Should I Go

We’re a month from the filing deadline for the first (could it be the only?) funding round for broadband grant proposals, and the feds are currently on a national tour to answer questions, clarify points, etc. Like the cool rock bands, this tour should have a theme. Borrowing from the Clash would be spot on: […]

Commentary: Will Broadband Projects Dodge the Missteps of Municipal Wireless?

While there are plenty of lively policy debates going on as the public comment period for the broadband stimulus winds down, I hope some folks are dealing with the more mundane elements of this process – the actual dash for dollars. Once the floodgates open, some communities and service providers may be in for a […]

National broadband strategy should focus on users’ needs

“Broadband projects will be part of the $1 trillion stimulus plan. That has set off a debate among lobbyists, tech companies, and congressional leaders.” This excerpt from a BusinessWeek column today sums up perfectly the potential fatal flaw in the race to create a broadband-related economic stimulus plan. A cardinal rule for deploying technology applications […]

Guest commentary: After the Rising, Whither Goes Philly Wireless?

By now, many of you have read about the rescue of Philadelphia’s citywide wireless networks. The gist of events is that Councilman Bill Green felt the network was a vital city asset that should be saved, so he initiated contact with potential investors a couple of days after the last deal imploded in May. The […]

Guest commentary: How a Pennsylvania county paved the way to muni broadband success

In Pennsylvania, Cambria County trumped Verizon with the telco’s own rules to build a muni network that moves beyond public safety to impact education, economic development and digital inclusion. Planners of the 700 square mile Cambria County network, which is up and running, used the following strategy that you will see become the foundation for […]