[Davisgig] Recently in Community Networks... Week of 8/9

Christopher Mitchell christopher at newrules.org
Tue Aug 9 09:34:56 PDT 2016

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Smart FCC Decisions Helped Create the Internet - Community Broadband Bits
Podcast 213
Tue, August 02, 2016 | Posted by christopher

We originally planned this episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast
to answer the question of "What is the Internet?" But as we started talking
to our guest, Principal of Interisle Consulting Group
<http://www.interisle.net/> Fred Goldstein, we quickly realized we first
had to dig into a little bit of history.

This is not the story of how the Department of Defense and university
researchers created the ArpaNet. We are focused on the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and telephone companies and how the FCC's
Computer Inquiries allowed the Internet to thrive.

Fred lived it and offers a passionate retelling of key events, motivations,
and more. This conversation is setting the stage for a future show - later
this month - focused on answering the original question: "Just what,
exactly, is the Internet?" And we'll also talk about network neutrality and
other hot topics in answering it. But for now, we hope you enjoy this show.
We went a bit long and it is a bit technical in places, but we think the
history is important and a reminder of how good government policy can lead
to great outcomes.

... Listen to the Show Here ...
Bozeman Fiber Transitions from Construction to Operations
Tue, August 02, 2016 | Posted by alexander

Local officials are preparing to light a highly anticipated nonprofit
fiber-optic <https://muninetworks.org/glossary/1#term10> network in
Bozeman, Montana. Over the course of three years, nonprofit Bozeman Fiber,
Inc. laid about 30 miles of fiber optic cable in downtown Bozeman,
connecting local government, businesses, and schools to a high-speed,
fiber-optic network. According to local news provider MTN News via KBZK,
Bozeman Fiber will be completely operational
the next 60-90 days.

For Bozeman, affordable fiber-optic Internet access presents an important
opportunity for local economic development. Anthony Cochenour of Bozeman
Fiber explained the project’s goal to MTN News,

"More bandwidth <https://muninetworks.org/glossary/1#term2> at lower costs,
and better availability for higher bandwidth than we can get today. It’s
one of the barriers to entry that Bozeman has to attracting increasingly
large and interesting businesses, the business that we want to be here.”

... Learn More About Their Fairly Unique NonProfit Approach ...
Lake Region Electric Cooperative: More Fiber in Oklahoma!
Wed, August 03, 2016 | Posted by hannah

Electric cooperatives are bringing high-speed Internet service throughout
northeast Oklahoma. In 2014, Bolt Fiber, a subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma
Electric Cooperative, started building a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network
their service area. Now, slightly to the south, Lake Region Electric
Cooperative <https://www.lrecok.coop/> is planning to expand their FTTH

Lake Region Electric Cooperative is about to begin another phase of
construction on their FTTH network in the area around Tahlequah, Oklahoma,
capital of the Cherokee Nation. The subsidiary or the electric co-op, Lake
Region Technology and Communications <https://register.lrecok.net/>, is
managing the project.

*Expanding Reliable, Rural Internet Service*

In late 2014, the co-op began two pilot projects for FTTH service. After
the success of those projects, the co-op decided to expand. They have
divided their service area into 11 zones <https://register.lrecok.net/> and
are seeking sign-ups. The co-op will expand the FTTH network to the zones
where the most people pre-register. The network provides high-speed
Internet access, HD video, and high-quality phone service.

... BOLT to the Rest of our Story ...
Community Connections - Terry Huval from Lafayette, Louisiana
Thu, August 04, 2016 | Posted by rebecca

"We Speak French, Eat Crawfish, and Have the Fastest Broadband in the

Terry Huval's fascination with fiber started with the fiber on his fiddle
strings, so it's pretty appropriate that he regailed Christopher with his
skills during this Community Connections episode.

In the previous episode you heard from former Mayor, Joey Durel
overcoming controversy and Lafayette's LUS Fiber <http://lusfiber.com/>.

In this episode, Huval emphasizes why ownership is so important for cities
to control their fiber infrastructure. He also touches on the other
benefits of the public fiber network: faster response for outages, better
connectivity for public safety and traffic control, and more than $13
million in cost savings for residents and businesses!

... Watch the Video Here ...
Nashville Considering One Touch Make Ready
Thu, August 04, 2016 | Posted by lgonzalez

In 2015, Nashville welcomed Google Fiber with open arms
anticipating all the possibilities gigabit connectivity could mean for
businesses and residents. The deployment is moving slowly, however, in part
because of time consuming make ready work on utility poles. In order to
speed up the process and establish better policy for the city in general,
Nashville has just introduced a one touch make ready ordinance

*Too Many Wires*

A recent Nashville Scene article
the situation, common in a number of communities where utility poles
already carry a number of wires:

The thousands of poles that stand around the city, most of which are owned
by Nashville Electric Service, are arranged with power on top and
communications equipment in a line below that. In Nashville, this means NES
equipment pushes electricity up top, while broadly speaking, gear from
Comcast and AT&T — whether for home phone, cable or internet service —
operates below.

... Read More on Nashville's Leadership to Lower Cost of Competition ...
Preliminary Study Puts Charles City Back on Track to Digital
Fri, August 05, 2016 | Posted by alexander

Local officials in Charles City, a town of 7,500 in northeastern Iowa, approved
a preliminary study
<http://www.charlescitypress.com/site/news/2016/06/20/128068/> of community
broadband interest late last month. The study will determine whether
additional funds should be allocated toward a more comprehensive study.
This announcement comes on the heels of increased regional interest
the Iowa Fiber Alliance, a proposed multi-community fiber ring.

The preliminary study will cost the city $18,500 and should be completed
before the end of the summer. The Community Broadband Engagement and
Education Project
to engage key community stakeholders, educate the public on high-speed
community networks, and ultimately measure the interest of local residents,
businesses, and government leadership.

... More on Charles City, Back in Charge Here ...
North Carolina Communities Create West-Next Generation Network
Mon, August 01, 2016 | Posted by hannah

Drawing inspiration from a previous project in the Research Triangle,
communities around Asheville are joining forces. The goal is high-speed
Internet access.

West - Next Generation Network (WestNGN) is a multi-government
collaboration in the Asheville area to encourage investment in fiber-optic
Gigabit (1,000 Megabits) connectivity to the region.

*An Established Model*

The Research Triangle, the area around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill,
started a new collaborative model to bring Gigabit connectivity to their
communities. Six municipalities and four universities there
established the North
Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) <http://ncngn.net/wp/>. The
project encourages private sector providers to develop ultra-fast networks.

... Read our Full Coverage on Their Approach Here ...

FairlawnGig Connects Two Hotels In Time For RNC
Sat, August 06, 2016 | Posted by alexander

Thousands of delegates, politicians, and media personnel flocked to
northeast Ohio in July to attend the Republican National Convention in
Cleveland. A lucky few stayed in the bedroom community of Fairlawn at one
of two hotels now featuring gigabit Internet connections (1,000 Megabits
per second).

FairlawnGig, the town’s new municipal network
<http://www.fairlawngig.net/about/>, hooked up Hilton Akron-Fairlawn and
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Akron-Fairlawn in time for the convention
<http://www.fairlawngig.net/fairlawn-delivers-for-the-rnc/>. Guests could
seamlessly stream video,upload
<https://muninetworks.org/glossary/1#term28> content,
and communicate with coworkers and family, despite the hotels’ full
occupancy. The fiber-optic <https://muninetworks.org/glossary/1#term10> network
will soon be available to residents and businesses across the community.

... Another Municipal Network Improves Connectivity Here ...
"Big Sky Broadband Workshop" Set for August 31st - September 1st in Missoula
Mon, August 08, 2016 | Posted by lgonzalez

The National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA
<https://muninetworks.org/glossary/1#term220>) will be hosting the "*Big
Sky Broadband Workshop
on August 31st and September 1st in Missoula, Montana. If you happen to be
in the area and keen to learn more about connectivity in the region, plan
to attend this free event. Our own Christopher Mitchell will be
participating in one of the panel discussions.

>From the NTIA announcement:

Broadband is a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity across the
country. The “Big Sky Broadband Workshop” will bring together state, local
and federal officials, industry representatives, community leaders and
other key stakeholders to share real-world broadband success stories and
lessons learned from across the region. The summit will also examine the
gaps that remain and strategize on what still needs to be done to expand
access to and adoption of high-speed Internet services for the benefit of
all citizens.

The event will begin at noon on August 31st in Missoula’s Hilton Garden
Inn; there will also be a reception later that evening. Panel discussions
will continue the next morning at 9 a.m.
Community Broadband Media Roundup - August 8
Mon, August 08, 2016 | Posted by Nick <https://muninetworks.org/users/nick>


Cruzio to launch high-speed Internet pilot project
<http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160730/NEWS/160739967> by
Jessica A. York, Santa Cruz Sentinel

The move is designed to create a demonstration area ahead of completed
public-private negotiations
<http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20160628/NEWS/160629707> with
the city of Santa Cruz to co-develop a new $30-$40 million broadband
utility citywide. Cruzio expects to display both the construction methods
and business model needed to wire up each participating home and extend its
underground fiber optic cable network “backbone” by self-funding the first


Boulder County, Colo., considers putting municipal high-speed broadband on
November ballot
John Fryar, GovTech

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