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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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State-Level Broadband Policy

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy published a great “compendium of resources and approaches” to developing a state-level broadband policy. It starts with the basics: Why Broadband Policy Matters, then goes comprehensively through Elements of a Good Broadband Policy, ending with Conclusions.

The Lifecycle of a Revolution

In early August at the Black Hat conference, Jennifer Granick, the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, offered a brilliant, starkly reality-checking keynote speech. The Benton Foundation offered a wonderful summary of Granick’s talk, noting that it’s one of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week.…
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Call to Action: FCC proposal on Wi-Fi

The FCC needs to hear from you about their proposal to ban Wi-Fi router firmware modifications (ET Docket No. 15-170). This proposal is problematic from several angles—it negatively impacts security and bug fixing, privacy, innovation, and more. Specifically, this proposal would ban modifications to the radio systems in routers and many phones, tablets, laptops, and…
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Asking the Right Questions

For our neighboring and distant communities seeking a fiber network, Community Broadband Networks has a great article, Want a Gig? Ask Consultants the Right Questions, on asking the right questions first. This is not a binary question of “should we” (usually meaning: do it all at once) but rather more like finding a custom fit…
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Community Leaders: Network Connectivity Handbook

Good news for community leaders! Gig.U and the Benton Foundation have published a guide: “The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth” (PDF). This is a handbook for city officials seeking the affordable, abundant bandwidth their communities will need to thrive in the decades ahead. Designed for local…
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Free Wi-Fi Downtown

Remember that post from last March, in which the City Council approved funds for Wi-Fi downtown? It’s here! Coverage is all around the Pelton Center and along Parrott St. between E. 14th St. and Washington Avenue. We’re proud of the City for implementing this. Join us next Wednesday, 29 July, at 6pm when the service…
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A Truly Smart City Is Not a City at All

Over at HuffPo, author John M. Eger wrote an insightful piece about Smart Cities and the Internet of Things that starts out: Every city it seems, wants to be a “Smart City” by using technology to solve our current problems of water use and supply, energy consumption, transportation efficiency, mobile healthcare, police, fire, and safety;…
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Fiber Works with Exponential Growth

The Pots and Pans blog article, The Law of Accelerating Returns, points out: … The FCC recently set the new definition of broadband at 25 Mbps. When I look around at the demand in the world today at how households use broadband services, this feels about right. But at the same time, the FCC has…
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Learning from Seoul

The New York Times recently ran a story, What Silicon Valley Can Learn From Seoul, that starts out: South Korean companies are building software for smartphones that’s chaotic, multifunctional and exciting — everything that American apps aren’t. Like most young people in the Bay Area, Mike Kim grew up believing that the future of technology…
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