Posts Tagged: Broadband

Community Broadband Initiatives are Taking Root Around the Country

Community Broadband FIber Internet Construction

In Maine alone, dozens of towns, counties, and economic development entities are working in regional groups to plan for community broadband deployment. In many cases, the public private partnerships formed by these regional groups open the door to additional funding and resources. Individual communities across the US, including no less than 7 in Maine, have decided to invest their own resources to construct community broadband networks. Although no two implementation models are identical, many employ… Read more »

Broadband Infrastructure
How Can We Make It Happen?

Broadband Infrastructure

Last week we talked about broadband as infrastructure, now we’ll look at how one might facilitate broadband infrastructure. Around the US, States and Municipalities are trying to take broadband infrastructure matters into their own hands. Alabama and others are looking at tax incentives for providers to construct infrastructure to the least served areas. Other states like Maine offer matching grants for qualifying broadband infrastructure projects.  Several states, including Massachusetts, have used federal matching funds to… Read more »

Broadband as Infrastructure:
Is it any less critical than roads, bridges, and electricity?

National Infrastructure Week is just around the corner.  Yes, there actually is such a thing! From May 14th through the 21st, infrastructureweek.org  will celebrate its 6th National Infrastructure Week; bringing awareness to the need for the maintenance of existing, and construction of new infrastructure that will keep the wheels of progress turning. According to the organization, it’s #TimeToBuild! During the next 2 weeks we’ll look at how our country’s infrastructure developed and what we need… Read more »

Re-defining Broadband in Maine
What’s your opinion?

Cape Neddick lighthouse, the Nubble light, stands watch over a wintry landscape on a January morning.

If you’re reading this post, you are an Internet consumer, or you may be an entrepreneur who depends on the internet to conduct business; whatever your broadband needs are, your opinion about Internet speed may help shape the future of broadband in Maine. What Defines Broadband? When cable companies began to provide Internet access to consumers, the service was faster than traditional DSL and dial-up, and the industry coined the term to mean high-speed Internet… Read more »

Community Broadband Sticker Shock? Try a Different Approach

Community Broadband Sticker Shock recently hit Cambridge City Hall.

Recently, I worked with a City Councilor in Cambridge, Massachusetts to try and help the Council overcome a severe case of community broadband sticker shock.  It seems that the town had hired a consultant who had submitted a $200 million estimate for a city-wide fiber to the home network without first understanding what the City’s appetite would be for such expenditure – or, indeed, if the network being proposed was really necessary to achieve the… Read more »