Is it better to spend taxpayer money on stadiums or fiber broadband?

St. Louis is stuck with $144 million in debt and maintenance costs, after the Rams departed for Los Angeles (oddly enough it was once the LA Rams until they pulled a switcheroo and did it again to the detriment of the poor taxpayer). I remember not too long ago the chorus of anti-municipal broadband types […]

City-owned fiber plus private sector service providers: a better public broadband model for cities?

Two U.S. cities, Santa Cruz (California) and Westminster (Maryland) have chosen a different model for public broadband deployment: one that separates the ownership of the underlying fiber infrastructure from the service layer and that does not place all of the risk and costs on the private service provider. This is not the model that most […]

Salinas, CA issues RFP for broadband infrastructure

Salinas, California has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from companies for the deployment of a broadband infrastructure that is equal to or better than current fiber optic networks in Salinas. The proposal broadband infrastructure will be open to end users and telecoms service providers. I posted a copy of the Salinas broadband RFP, but […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 57: 2016 – The Year of Galactus

It’s time for the battle to begin, Galactus is entering the war. But a war isn’t fought on the battlefield alone, it’s also fought in the strategy room to decide which weapons to build and use, to train soldiers to use those weapons, deploy resources, and bring them to bear on the enemy: copper wires […]

Philadelphia finds unused Wi-Fi equipment

The Philadelphia City Controller’s office has found unopened boxes of Wi-Fi access points in the city warehouse. The city bought the equipment in 2010 using federal grants for a public safety Wi-Fi network, but the plan to deploy it was canceled when Congress decided to create a national law enforcement Wi-Fi system. It’s not clear […]