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 […]

Guest commentary: FTTH or wireless, which is more cost-effective?

Recently, I spoke to the communities of Western Tennessee at their Summit on Economic Development and Broadband. Not unlike other communities, the need for economic growth in the new age is paramount in their plans. I explained our ideas on how to capitalize on the broadband super highway. Attending the event were many communities who […]

Craven County, North Carolina goes wireless: rural Wi-Fi connects schools, towns

Craven County, North Carolina (pop. 95,000) is deploying a wireless broadband network that will initially connect five schools in rural areas. It will also be used for the police and fire departments. Recently, the county installed a fiber optic network but it does not reach all communities. As a result, they will also use wireless […]

Cities are trying to speed up broadband, running into incumbent opposition

The Wall Street Journal writes that cities are taking matters into their own hands to bring true broadband (i.e. FTTH) to their communities. Because the incumbents focus mostly on large cities, the smaller ones are getting left behind, so a few cities have built their own fiber networks. Unfortunately, the incumbents have successfully lobbied some […]

Structural separation needed to create broadband competition

Gartner Group says structural separation will be inevitable in many countries where governments have tried, via unbundling regulations and accounting separation, to create more competition in the market for broadband services: “Despite government moves (such as unbundling and accounting separation) to encourage competition and stimulate investment, progress has been meager in most countries. Regulators believe […]