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$3.4 Billion for Smart Grid Projects? Let’s Make a Broadband Deal!

Yesterday, the Feds awarded $3.4 billion to 100 smart grid projects across the U.S. There were about 400 total proposals. Since these are 50-50 matching grants, that means total dollars being queued up by these entities for smart grids is quite substantial. For public and private sector organizations seeking broadband ARRA grants or planning to […]

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The Business Case for Longmont, CO’s City-Owned Broadband

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Longmont, CO has the opportunity to launch itself squarely into a digital communications leadership position among U.S. cities. IF its citizens can beat back the latest attack from the Evil Empire, in this case with Comcast in the role of Darth Vader, and the storm troopers crouched in a hastily conceived vehicle called No Blank Check. The set […]

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Gates Foundation Proposal – Linchpin to National Broadband Strategy?

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A few days ago the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sent analysis data to the FCC postulating that $5 – $10 billion could install fiber networks in most of the anchor institutions (hospitals, medical facilities, schools) in the U.S. The FCC quickly issued a public request for comment to validate the financial and technology assumptions […]

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The Broadband GSD Ten – September

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The GSD Ten highlights communities from among the dozens that are Getting Stuff Done with effective broadband networks. This monthly listing challenges false assumptions from detractors by presenting strong testimony to the fact that local government can indeed operate successful networks. As a primer, read this post that debunks three leading myths about these projects, […]

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NTIA Grant Schedule: The Crapshoot and the Catch–22

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Last week the Dept. of Commerce’s NTIA came out with a schedule that was a little off in the date when grants will be awarded, and their oft-quoted March 10 commitment to start handing out the big bucks in June. Though NTIA told inquiring reporters that they weren’t late (a mere technical quibble), the reality […]

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Broadband Financing, Financial Services for My Blog Readers

The one thing everyone with broadband dreams is looking for today is money, so here you go. Four elements are key to successfully pursuing broadband stimulus grant money: a solid business case, financing for the network buildout, financial network operations and a credible financial modeling. Our Broadband Success Partnership provides all four. You can get […]

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Tips for the Broadband Dash for Dollars

It’s been a pretty busy week, and a lot of my writing has been directed to other blogs instead of mine. Here’s a roundup of excerpts and links to a few to help your broadband stimulus grant prep work.  Double victory in N. Carolina (implications for broadband stimulus)  Within a 24-hour period last week, the […]

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N. Carolina’s Fight for Broadband is the U.S.’ Fight

Much of America, including North Carolina, is at vital crossroads with broadband technology. $7 billion in stimulus money will start us down the right path – unless, of course, those incumbent telcos and cable companies throw a monkey wrench into the works like they’re trying to do in N. Carolina. Through disinformation and proposing a state […]

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New Report Preps You for Broadband Grant Gauntlet

I’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone the past couple of weeks writing my next Muni Broadband Snapshot Report. While you’re waiting, biting your fingernails wondering what the final NTIW/RUS guidelines will be for the broadband grant app process, there’s a lot you should be doing. This report lays it out for you. Check it out – Fighting the […]

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