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Will Your 2014 Broadband Strategy Embrace Multi-Dweling Units? (pt 1)

As economic development pros and others develop strategies for using broadband to boost their local economies, here’s one strategy you should consider that can achieve this goal PLUS increase the financial strength of the network. Are you selling owners of commercial multi-dwelling units (MDUs) on being anchor tenants of the network? Analyze Santa Monica, CA’s […]

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Two Economic Development Lessons from Danville, VA’s Fiber Network



Danville’s City Manager Joe King is one of the speakers on a panel session about broadband’s impact on local economies I’m leading tomorrow at the Intl Economic Development Council annual conference. Some of the following story to give session attendees valuable insights to take back to their communities. Danville, VA ’s public utility company (Danville Utilities) […]

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With Google Fiber, This Isn’t Your Father’s Startup Incubator

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Entrepreneurs starting technology businesses in their garages is the stuff of Silicon Valley folk lore. But will home-based entrepreneurialism propelled by Google Fiber be the lure for a new generation of entrepreneurs flocking to Kansas City and gigabit cities across the United States? Kansas City Startup Village says, “Yes indeed!” Attendees in Kansas City for […]

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The Gigabit City and Economic Development



Those of you who’ve followed my writings regularly know that I conduct a survey every year to get a snapshot of how broadband impacts economic development. Usually I work with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to survey their members. This year I switched things up a bit and worked with Broadband Communities magazine to […]

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Debunking Telco Myths about Community Broadband

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Tonight Longmont, CO, the community that derailed Comcast’s $300,000 effort to kill their muni broadband plans, learns some of the first details on how they may move this project forward. The consultant hired by the Longmont Power and Communications public utility presents its recommendations to city council for bringing faster, better broadband to town. Two […]

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The Gigabit Nation Top 10 for 2012

In August 2011, I launched the Gigabit Nation radio talk show to provide public, private and nonprofit organizations with valuable information to help them get broadband everywhere it needs to be. 120 interviews and over 18,000 listeners later, this show is firmly established as a key community broadband news and information resource. Here are the top 10 […]

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Hurricane Sandy, Broadband & Smart Grids, Campaign 2012, and Other Trending Topics

Everyday this week, Gigabit Nation brings listeners some pretty deep discussions about interesting topics that involve broadband changing the way we do what we do, or changing our approach to getting broadband where it needs to be. Work your way through this collection of interviews to get a leg up on some of your project […]

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Will Google Gigabit be Trumped by Gigabit Squared’s $200 Million Bet on Broadband?

Well, things sure got interesting around here at the SHLB Coalition conference. Blair Levin of Gig.U told the lunch crowd yesterday that Gigabit Squared (a consulting, hands-on project management company) has raise $200 million to fund six gigabit-network projects that are originated and supported by colleges and college communities in the Gig.U program. That’s kinda […]

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Can’t Afford Broadband for Your Community? Think again.

I spent Monday and Tuesday this week at the Freedom to Connect (F2C) conference in DC, which was a great event on many levels. One truly cool aspect was hanging out with a bunch of advocates and doers who believe in the power of communities finding their best broadband solutions (from a myriad of public, […]

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Chattanooga Provides Best Practices for Community Broadband Planning

I think it’s safe to say that quite a few people involved with broadband projects feel they don’t know all they should about what’s needed to make these projects successful. Hang in there. Help is on the way. Luckily, we have a fair number of broadband stimulus projects well on their way to success across […]

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