After discussing this issue time and time again, with community after community, we finally recorded our thoughts on how communities should get started when considering a community network. Eric Lampland, the guy behind Lookout Point Communications, is our guest on Community Broadband Bits podcast episode 246. We talk about common mistakes and the importance of developing a comprehensive vision when evaluating an investment or partnership to improve Internet access. We also talk a little about the importance of some technical knowledge and having at least one person championing the effort. This is not something a consultant can do for you – someone in the community has to take ownership and responsibility. These are very important considerations for any community considering what it should be doing in the modern era.Read the transcript of the show here.Eric has also been a guest on Episode 128 “Open Access and Incumbent Challenges” and Episode 84 “Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings.”We want your feedback and suggestions for the show-please e-mail us or leave a comment below.This show is 33 minutes long and can be played on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.You can download this mp3 file directly from here. Listen to other episodes here or view all episodes in our index.Thanks to Break the Bans for the music. The song is Escape and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.
In Tennessee, this month marks 10 years of Morristown Utility Systems delivering fiber-optic triple-play service to the community, including great Internet access. But those living just outside the city and in nearby cities have poor access at best. MUS General Manager and CEO Jody Wigington returns to our show this week and we also welcome Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) General Manager Greg Williams to discuss a potential partnership to expand Morristown services to those that want them.
As we have frequently noted, Tennessee law prohibits municipal fiber networks from expanding beyond their electric territories. The FCC decision repealing that favor to the big cable and telephone company lobbyists is currently being appealed. But Tennessee also prohibits electrical co-ops from providing telephone or cable TV service, which makes the business model very difficult in rural areas.
Nonetheless, MUS and AEC have studied how they can team up to use the assets of both to deliver needed services to those outside Morristown. We discuss their plan, survey results, the benefits of working together, and much more.
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When Hudson, Ohio, businesses couldn't get the connectivity they needed from the incumbent cable and telephone companies, the local government stepped up to provide what it calls a “service” rather than a “utility.” Hudson City Manager Jane Howington joins me this week to explain their approach in Episode 181 of the Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary] podcast.
Hudson has a municipal electric utility already and is now investing in a fiber optic network to connect local businesses. Branded “Velocity,” and launched earlier this year, the network is exceeding expectations thus far in terms of local business interest.
City Manager Howington and I discuss how they decided to build a network, their incremental approach, and how they will know if they are successful in coming years.
The transcript from this episode is available here. Read our full coverage of Hudson here.
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