Category Archives: National broadband strategy

RUS in a Post-Broadband Stimulus World

Rural Utilities Services (RUS) Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and I have had a couple of opportunities to chat at events where one or both of us delivered presentations. Since we’ve had some interesting exchanges I decided to go for a formal Q & A with the one of the three central figures in the broadband stimulus […]

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Preliminary Analysis: First Batch of Stimulus Round 2 Awards



RUS, NTIA and the White House yesterday held a preliminary conference call to talk about today’s official announcement of the first batch of NOFA 2 (broadband stimulus) award winners. No doubt the winners are popping champagne corks and started their 4th of July weekend fireworks early. The rest of the applicants and some of the […]

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Drive Kicks Off to Move 1000 Communities to Broadband

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Weary of the wait for broadband, and wary of Congress’ recent efforts to help, Communities United for Broadband (970+ members) has teamed with Broadband Properties Magazine to empower communities to deliver their broadband future now. Next week, with the goal of assisting 1000 communities to move forward with broadband projects by 2011, Communities United for […]

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“What’s Next After Broadband Stimulus?” and Other Valuable Webinars



A couple of weeks ago I made a swing through D.C. to meet with some folks and continue building support for Communities United for Broadband. I also delivered “What’s Next After Broadband Stimulus?” at the New America Foundation. You can watch the presentation here. This session helps you understand a little better what local communities’ […]

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Breaking the Broadband Monopoly: How Communities are Building the Networks They Need

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I have been a champion of public-owned broadband networks for years, writing about them for the same period of time. One thing communities and others have needed throughout these years is a detailed overview of the dozens of community networks that service consumers and businesses, along with a business, policy and political issues that affect […]

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Incumbent Facts May Be Stubborn, but Community Reality Bites

Steve Largent (head of wireless industry lobby group CTIA) had a nice little back-and-forth last week with Tim Karr of public interest group Free Press. The exchange would be a little entertaining if it wasn’t part of a concerted incumbent effort to throttle regulation by painting rosy pictures of the state of broadband. Brief background. […]

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The Sorry State of Broadband Competition – And How to Deal

In my 12 steps to move a community broadband project to successful completion, I put heavy emphasis on the needs analysis process. You can’t create the network that’s best suited to meet constituents’ needs if you don’t do this particular task well. But part of the assessment involves understanding the provider marketplace. “It sucks!” may […]

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Join N Carolina Again in Fight Against Anti-Muni Network Laws

Like a bad rash, Time Warner is back this week trying to stifle municipal networks in North Carolina. Not only that, our less-than-competent-broadband-provider Fairpoint is trying to kill a bill this week in New Hampshire that will make it easier for municipalities in that state to pursue the broadband option of their choice. This is the […]

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Even Broadband Can Use a 12-Step Program

Last week I announced Communities United for Broadband, a group dedicated to harnessing the enthusiasm for gigabit broadband Google stirred up into a national campaign for community broadband. We believe communities working together can produce higher levels of success for each community. We’re giving people information they can put into action, links to knowledge resources, […]

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National Broadband Plan? Think Globally, Act Locally.

It’s been almost two weeks, and we’ve seen a couple thousand news articles plus an avalanche of blogs on the FCC’s national broadband plan. Heaven knows I don’t want to babble down the same worn paths as all those other folks, so I’m going to come at this thing a little differently than most. I […]

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