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What is a Dark Fiber network?

The term ‘dark’ fiber means, simply put, unused fibers in the fiber-optic cable. When an unused fiber become activated, it is referred to as a ‘lit’ fiber. San Leandro Dark Fiber owns the physical fiber asset in the ground, and Lit San Leandro uses and maintains that fiber. All fiber is dark until it is lit.…
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4 Benefits of Fiber for Your Business

Fiber-optic cable provides businesses with an opportunity to experience less frustration interacting with web and cloud applications, upload and download times, and general internet use. Installing fiber means experiencing the internet working as fast as you do. Here are 5 benefits of fiber for your business:   1. Bandwidth Businesses today require a high amount of…
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A City’s Data

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece called Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit. The story noted that the Transportation Department announced the seven finalist Cities, including our neighbor San Francisco. Our own San Leandro, as most cities these days, are part of the evolution of what it means to…
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Regulation’s Forked Path into the Future

Brookings’ TechTank offers a thoughtful piece, Mobile broadband regulation and net neutrality: One network or two? that highlights one of the biggest challenges in evolving communications policy: whether the old public switched telephone network and the Internet are parallel systems or parts of a larger ubiquitous network environment. Recently a the three-judge panel considered this…
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Doing More with Less?

How does it work that we will do more with less? The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA, Dept. of Commerce) published a report noting that the Majority of Americans Use Multiple Internet-connected Devices, Data Shows. From their blog post (with several nice graphs), In just a two-year span, between 2011 and 2013, Americans significantly…
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San Leandro’s Digital Cities Award for Technological Innovation

Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter and the San Leandro City Council announced that the City’s Information Technology Division has been honored with a national award from the Center for Digital Government. This annual survey recognizes leading examples of U.S. cities that use technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. San Leandro was selected because of its…
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Ammon’s Fiber to the Home Program

Another fascinating podcast from Community Broadband Networks: Ammon, Idaho, continues to quietly build a future-looking open access fiber network. Though the City won’t be providing services directly to subscribers, the network it is building and the model it has created could revolutionize public safety. There are two podcasts and more in the Ammon story. The…
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Redefining TV

Residential customers ask if or when we’ll reach into the neighborhoods. It’s a long way off, given the small size of our organization. Meanwhile, technology continues its pace forward with more reasons to have faster access and questions about how today’s business models will evolve in the future. First, What’s up with 4K Video? helps…
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Why Community Broadband is Important

Industry analyst and colleague Craig Settles offers his personal perspective on why community broadband is important. When someone suffers a stroke [as Craig did in late January], they have three hours to get serious treatment or they often will not recover from its debilitating effects. I was lucky, but a person living alone in a…
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Open Access Networks

Community Broadband Networks‘ Podcast 172 is on Open Access Engineering Options, a slightly technical but interesting discussion on being a service provider. http://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/audio/comm-bb-bits-podcast172-tim-pozar-open-access.mp3 From the program description: The holy grail of Internet access for many of us continues to be a situation in which multiple providers can compete on a level playing field, which should…
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