At a recent Ignite Boulder, one of the speakers launched a rallying cry for Boulder, Colorado to build their own municipal fiber network and not wait for Google. Now that Google has chosen Kansas City, Kansas, it is time for municipalities, like Boulder, that have recognized the benefits of a broadband network to do it themselves. Some cities have the resources and expertise to do it themselves, and others need assistance. We are here to help these communities develop plans and a business case to make the project a success. The offer is out to Boulder and any other community that wants to start a successful initiative to introduce choice and competition into the communications market.
After overcoming political wrangling with the city’s incumbent service providers to build its Fiber to the Home network, the joint Chattanooga, Tenn. Electric Power Board (EPB) network will be completed by the end of this year.
Earlier this fall, EPB caught the attention of the launched a 1 Gbps service for the power user that doesn’t have a problem paying $350 for the service. Users also have the option of buying a lower-priced 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps symmetrical service with various triple play bundled options.
Mid-size southern city will likely be the first in the country to break the one gigabit speed barrier here in the US.
Ed Oswald, Technologizer
When you’re thinking of ultra-high speed Internet and its expected rollout across the country, I’m sure the last place you’d probably name is Chattanooga, Tennessee. However if all goes right, the mid-sized southern city will likely be the first in the country to break the one gigabit speed barrier here in the US.
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.
Forget Google Fiber. For the bargain-basement price of $1,000 per mile, Sarasota County could build one of the fastest broadband systems in the nation.
During the next year, local government officials will construct an ambitious new fiber-optic network — with a capacity nearing that of the Internet backbone that moves data between major cities — to coordinate most of the traffic lights in Sarasota County.
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Quincy could become one of the first communities in the country to have a fiber optic network installed throughout the whole city.
The city’s Department of Central Services recommended approval of a pilot program to allow United Kingdom-based i3 America to install 1,300 feet of fiber optic cable in municipal sewer lines along South 46th Street. The proposal now heads to the City Council.