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New Funding Source for Telehealth and Community-owned Broadband

To meet the heightened demand for telehealth and community-owned broadband, National Community Development Services, (NCDS) Inc. teamed with community broadband expert Craig Settles to raise millions for telehealth and broadband infrastructure. NCDS has raised over $1.7 Billion for 600 communities in 46 states since the company started economic development fundraising in 1977. NCDS has staff […]

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Tennessee, Colorado move to repeal anti-muni network laws

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam stated yesterday he has legislation to remove restrictions that prevent co-ops and municipalities from owning broadband networks. The governor will formally present this legislation to state legislators who will meet, discuss, probably edit, and hopefully pass it into law. Co-ops would be permitted to build networks, and municipalities could partner with co-ops in […]

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Fiber & Wireless – Stronger Together for Community Broadband

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Google in June stunned some in the broadband world by acquiring wireless provider Webpass and “momentarily” exiting the fiber stage. Hybrid wired/wireless networks became the Next Big Thing – for a month. But what if hybrid infrastructure is the key that unlocks the doors to the next level of community broadband success? My new report, “Fiber […]

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Resources/Interviews to Make Community Broadband More Successful

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I show you what community broadband success is. Besides executing effective needs analysis that enhances communities’ feasibility studies, my writings and radio show help you make sense of the business of broadband, the never-ending industry hype, and the craziness of broadband politics. Here’s a little light reading and easy listening. I’ve accumulating a huge amount […]

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Moving the Needle Forward on Broadband & Economic Development

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August and September, in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), I conducted a national survey of IEDC members and others affiliated with IEDC. The primary goal was to get a snapshot of how broadband impacts local economic outcomes. A secondary goal was to gather some insights to leveraging broadband as an economic development […]

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Your Broadband Education Straight from the Source

Nowhere else on the Web can you find such a complete source of first-hand broadband project management and policy experience. And this knowledgebase grows weekly. Last August I launched Gigabit Nation, the only radio talk show devoted to broadband, and have amassed quite a treasure trove of excellent insights as well as advice from people […]

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Walking in the Shoes of Poor Kids Using Broadband

Just before the holidays, a columnist (Gene Marks) for Forbes Magazine wrote a piece “If I Was a Poor Black Kid.” It presents how he would handle life and deal with technology if, instead of being a middle class, middle aged white guy from the suburbs, he were walking in a poor kid’s shoes. The […]

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