Competition drives broadband use in Europe

Viviane Reding, the European commissioner in charge of telecommunications will do everything she can to enforce functional (or structural) separation in the EU. According to this article in the NYT, the EU’s efforts to increase competition in the member states, by clamping down on the power of local telecom incumbents, has resulted in a dramatic […]

ILSR advocates mixed fiber/wireless networks

The blush left the bloom of private-public partnerships when EarthLink retreated from the muni market and other private providers began demanding increased financial commitments from their city partners. So it’s timely that the Institure of Local Self Reliance (ILSR) has issued a new report, Municipal Broadband: Demystifying Wireless and Fiber-Optic Options, that focuses on the […]

Rural New York counties move ahead on public broadband plan

As New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer launches an initiative to deploy high-speed Internet access across his state, it appears that some rural counties are already making serious moves to make inexpensive broadband access a reality in their regions.As New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer launches an initiative to deploy high-speed Internet access across his state, it […]

S. Dakota unveils plan for a high-speed data network

South Dakota has announced ambitious plans to build a high-speed data network to link its six public universities and other research facilities. Gov. Mike Rounds presented the plan for the fiber optic network in a budget plan announced Tuesday. Construction costs are expected to top $11 million with $8 million coming through a grant from […]

Vienna FTTH project moving ahead: PacketFront gets huge contract

We know you need real backhaul, i.e. fiber, to deliver high quality broadband service, wired or wireless, to end users. The city of Vienna, through its utility Wien Energie Wienstrom, has awarded a huge contract to PacketFront, a Swedish company, for its FTTH project. The Vienna FTTH network is paid for by the utility. We […]