Posts Tagged: Community Economic Development

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 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 »

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 »

Broadband Infrastructure Funding Legislation: Almost, but not quite.

This Session, the Maine Legislature is considering no fewer than 20 bills related to broadband access.  Some of these bills focus on applications such as education and telehealth, while others focus on how networks are built and broadband infrastructure funding. One bill from this latter group is LD 140, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and… Read more »

Regional Broadband Approaches: Achieving Scale with Community Networks

The fall foliage surrounds a quaint New England village in an aerial photogrph

More and more, communities are considering the possibility of building publicly-owned broadband infrastructure. In the process, some are finding that regional broadband approaches offer economies of scale and other benefits. It can be difficult for multiple communities to work together while competing for resources and economic opportunity, but a handful of groups are making the attempt to build regional broadband networks in New England. The Benefits of Regionalization in Broadband Regional broadband approaches provide many benefits… Read more »