NTIA awards final round one BTOP grants to One Economy, Digital Bridge and others

The NTIA announced 9 recipients of BTOP grants today totalling $114 million. Among the big winners are One Economy ($28.5 million), the Washington Public Utility district of Pend Oreille County ($27.2 million), Virginia’s Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative ($19 million), Puerto Rico’s Critical Hub ($25.8 million) and Digital Bridge ($4.4 million). Today’s announcement marks the final […]

Municipal wireless networks in Spain

This southern European country is undergoing a Wi-Fi revolution. Until recently, only a few cities have launched modest Wi-Fi projects. Since regulatory and technical issues have been clarified, more cities have deployed municipal wireless networks, and many others are currently in the planning stage. Specifically, since Barcelona decided in 2008 to deploy two city-wide Wi-Fi […]

FiberFête Conference Starts Tuesday, 20 April 2010 in Lafayette, Louisiana

Technology and Community Leaders to Dream up Possibilities for Our Most Wired Cities I will be attending FiberFête on April 20-22 at Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) in Lafayette to celebrate the city’s deployment of a community-owned fiber network. FiberFête brings global technology entrepreneurs and activists together with local community leaders to explore how fiber […]

Allegiance Communications gets $28.6 million broadband grant for fiber deployments

The NTIA has awarded a $28.6 million BTOP grant to Allegiance Communications to deploy a new fiber optic network over 680 miles in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The project intends to directly connect more than 70 community anchor institutions to the broadband network, including city halls, police stations, fire stations, libraries, schools, and a […]

Oh no, not again! Anti-municipal broadband bill in North Carolina

Stop The Cap has informed us that “North Carolina’s incumbent cable and phone companies are once again trying to ram through an anti-municipal broadband bill, and their timing is designed to rush it through committee before a groundswell of consumer opposition has a chance to build. Time is short — the bill will be taken […]