Posts Tagged: New England

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 »

Fiber to the Premise in Leverett, MA Offers an Excellent Public Private Partnership Model

We have been talking about Municipalities and their desire to have reliable broadband and fiber to the premise for their communities for quite some time now.  Since every community is unique, there is no clear-cut model of what a municipally initiated fiber network should look like. There are different examples all across the country. Most recently, we talked about our new relationship with Leverett, MA. Having become very well acquainted with the Leverett model, we’d… Read more »

The Digital Divide:
Bridging it through Coopetition

Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide is a challenge we all face.  As communication technologies advance at warp speed and everyday life becomes more dependent on the Internet, it is critical to ensure that everyone can access all that the Internet has to offer. Although we, as providers, continually strive to deliver reliable high-speed Internet access, it is also incumbent upon us to provide the tools that subscribers need to maximize the benefit of that connectivity.  To… Read more »

Broadband Day Features ConnectME Funded Broadband Projects in Maine

Shenna Bellows and Norm Higgins at Broadband Day

On Thursday, January 19th, several of Maine’s broadband providers and legislators gathered in the Hall of Flags in Augusta for Broadband Day.  The Connect ME Authority hosts Broadband Day annually to highlight broadband expansion in Maine’s un-served areas. This year, providers showcased broadband projects in Maine completed in the past year with ConnectME matching grants. Showing bipartisan support for broadband were Democrat Shenna Bellows of Manchester and Republican Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Both highlighted the importance of broadband… Read more »

Keeping Up With the Ever Increasing Demand for Internet Bandwidth

Chart depicting Nielsen's law of Internet bandwidth.

It’s no secret that our need for Internet bandwidth is growing rapidly, but you might be surprised just how fast.  Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that a user’s connection speed grows by 50% per year.  This is linked to Moore’s Law, which tells us that computing power grows by 60% per year.  Nielsen attributes the slower growth of Internet bandwidth to three factors: Upgrading infrastructure is complicated and expensive. Users are reluctant to spend… Read more »