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By Michael Pollick & Doug Sword
Until recently, Internet providers like Myakka Technologies were the low men on the totem pole.
Based in the unincorporated eastern Manatee County community of Myakka City, which has no stoplight to its name, this little company has only been able to exist because the big players — Verizon, Comcast and Bright House — had no interest in providing high-speed Internet service to the low-density rural byway.
A fiber-optic project could be the first step in connecting SLO County to ultra high-speed broadband
BY MATT FOUNTAIN
When Google announced in February 2010 that it was launching a competitive experiment to bring ultra high-speed broadband networks to a small number of trial locations throughout the United States via fiber-optic lines, its intention wasn’t to break into the service-provider business.
The Internet-search giant was attempting to promote awareness of high-speed fiber, test new ways to build fiber networks, and explore the creative potential ultra-high-speed Internet service carries for developers and consumers—the potential, for example, to create new bandwidth-intensive “killer apps” and services and other uses not yet imagined.
For some reason I seem to know many people in Iowa that are the 5% that do not have access to broadband. I assume that satellite access was included in this study. Penetration would be much less if satellite was not included.
95% have access to some form of high-speed Internet, but some don’t want it, say it’s too expensive or don’t have a computer.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CEDAR RAPIDS — A new study prepared in cooperation with the Iowa Utilities Board found that one-third of Iowa households don’t have broadband service, but not entirely because of a lack of access.
The study, released Wednesday, found that 95 percent of households do have access to some form of high-speed Internet, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported.
Among households that don’t subscribe to broadband service, 45 percent didn’t want it, 31 percent didn’t own a computer and 21 percent said it was too expensive.
WASHINGTON August 11, 2010- The Alabama town of Opelika has decided to set up its own cable television and internet network.
The town voted in a referendum aimed at providing some competition to Charter Communications; the town’s only ISP.
East Ventral Vermont Community Fiber Network moving forward…
06:24PM Thursday Jul 29 2010 by Karl Bode
Vermont already wasn’t exactly a great state for broadband, given the largely rural state is a ROI nightmare for large ISP bean counters. Their broadband fortunes were recently made substantially worse by Fairpoint Communications, who acquired Verizon‘s unwanted New England DSL network, then subsequently imploded under the not so watchful eye of Vermont regulators. Vermont’s been tired of waiting for uninterested ISPs to wire them so they’re working hard at wiring themselves.