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 Loveland City Council votes to move ahead on development of municipal broadband network
By Julia Rentsch
Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
 02/06/2018

Broadband-Only Households Will Nearly Double To 37M By 2022: Kagan Report
San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy
JON BRODKIN - 2/1/2018
 A perfect storm of long-term trends including increase in streaming content suppliers, widespread utility-like status of broadband, and a demographic shift attributable to shrinking baby boomers and rising millennials, is yielding higher broadband-only home gains than initially anticipated.
  "Trump's hand-picked FCC and Republicans in Congress have dismantled crucial net neutrality, privacy, and consumer protections," Mayor Mark Farrell said in an announcement yesterday. "We will provide an alternative that favors the general public and San Francisco values, not corporate interests.
 The Loveland City Council voted Tuesday on four measures allowing the city to move forward with the development of a municipal broadband network per the recommendations of the Loveland Broadband Task Force. The vote to approve came after 16 council discussion session, 626 pages of documentation, Two years of Task Force study and several consultant reports. Yes, Dorothy the Loveland Council can make a decision.
Internet providers pitch municipal broadband partnerships to Loveland City Council

By Julia Rentsch
Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
The next generation broadband 5G network could be nationalized under Trump
Mashable, Jan 30th, 2018
Fort Collins starts hiring process for broadband leadership
Nick Coltrain, [email protected]
Jan 30th, 2018
  Axios obtained what appears to be a National Security Council PowerPoint presentation shown to the Trump administration. It lays out a plan to put the government in charge of building — and paying for — a nationwide broadband network. 
 A great summary of the discussions at City Council the other evening.
Next week, council will discuss how to move forward.
  Fort Collins officials hope to have leadership for its city broadband utility hired around the beginning of summer.Fort Collins officials hope to have leadership for its city broadband utility hired around the beginning of summer.
Congress pushes broadband access ahead of Trump infrastructure proposal
BY HARPER NEIDIG - 01/25/18 
Arvada Announces their Fiber Master Plan
2:19 minute Video
Released Jan 31, 2018
More Than 750 American Communities Have Built Their Own Internet Networks
Motherboard
Jan 23rd, 2018



  A new map shows that more communities than ever are building their own broadband networks to end big telecom's monopoly.

  Lawmakers representing rural areas have argued that many of their constituents are losing out on economic and educational resources due to a lack of broadband access. And as the president teases an infrastructure plan, members are stepping up their calls for increased funding. Say What?
FCC admits mobile internet is a poor broadband replacement
Andrew Tarantola, @terrortola
01.18.18 in Internet

NET NEUTRALITY 101
Fort Collins City Government
Jan. 16, 2018

Lawmaker Touts Proposal for More Rural Broadband in Maine
U.S. News
Jan. 13, 2018, at 9:07 a.m.


The City explains how the recent ruling on Net Neutrality will effect the operation of the Fort Collins Municipal Fiber Broadband System



A lawmaker in Maine used a public hearing to encourage residents to support a proposed bond that would improve rural broadband in the state.


 The FCC made a surprising concession: that no, mobile data and wired broadband are not in fact suitable replacements for one another. This admission comes only a few months after FCC chair, Ajit Pai, filed a "Notice of Inquiry" ahead of proposing that mobile be counted as a form of broadband.

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Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband
Karl Bode
Jan 12 2018, 9:00am

 
Broadband Access Helps Farmers Stay Competitive
U.S. News
Jan. 12, 2018, at 1:02 a.m.

Trump Signs Two Rural Broadband Executive Orders That will  Barely Move the Needle
Motherboard
Jan 10, 2018

A new study out of Harvard once again makes it clear why incumbent ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are so terrified by the idea of communities building their own broadband networks.
According to the new study by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, community-owned broadband networks provide consumers with significantly lower rates than their private-sector counterparts.


Experts say that Missouri farmers need high-speed internet access to remain competitive in an increasingly technology-reliant field.

The Trump administration would love to have rural broadband advocates make much hay (pun intended) of two executive orders signed this week. Both orders aim to to make it easier to build high speed internet infrastructure in rural areas, but fall incredibly short when it comes to actually getting rural Americans online.
In wake of net neutrality decision, should cities build internet networks?
By Patrick Sisson  Dec 27, 2017
​Why Not More Collaboration?
CCG Counsulting
December 26th, 2017
Vote emboldens advocates
Dec. 14 decision on net neutrality brings fear of private companies
BY JACK QUEEN
Reporter-Herald
The fallout from the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality—the principle that all internet traffic and data must be treated the same without favoritism—is still taking shape. But some see the policy shift as a potential boost to the movement for more municipal broadband networks.
In an era where broadband connection and competition comes from just a handful of large companies, it’s tempting for many to envision high-speed internet access as a true public utility, controlled by local government and managed in a way that provides maximum access. 

Ever wondered why smaller telcos and ISPs don’t work together more with their neighbors. This piece explores the benefits of a regional approach that reduces costs and imporves service.

​The recent repeal of federal regulations that prevented internet providers from speeding up sites they favor and slowing down or blocking others charts a new course for the web’s history.


​​Allo to provide gigabit broadband access through Fort Morgan fiber network
Jenni Grubbs, Fort Morgan Times, 12/20/2017
​​Fort Collins broadband plans start to take shape 
Coloradoan, Nov 28, 2017
More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
Jeff Kao, Nov 23, Medium
While the entire path forward isn’t yet clear, the city of Fort Collins is laying out the first steps toward municipal broadband.


The Fort Morgan City Council on Tuesday night approved a 40-year agreement with Allo for the telecommunications company to provide broadband service over the city's fiber network.

Jeff used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were disturbing.


Comcast, CenturyLink smacked down in Colo.: Voters approve city-owned broadband network
The Phiily Inquirier, Nov. 9th 2017
19 more Colorado cities and counties vote in favor of city-owned internet, while Fort Collins approves $150 million to move forward
 TAMARA CHUANG The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: November 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm | UPDATED: November 10, 2017 at 11:50 am

Big Telecom Spent $200,000 to Try to Prevent a Colorado Town From Even Talking About a City-Run Internet
Kaleigh Rogers
Motherboard, Oct 25 2017
​Fort Collins, Colo., voters rebuked Comcast and CenturyLink on Election Day, approving a ballot question enabling the city to build its own high-speed broadband network even as anti-broadband opponents poured more than $450,000 into the campaign to defeat it.
Fort Collins, Colorado is set to vote on a ballot measure that would open the door for municipal broadband, and Big Telecom is fighting mad.
Comcast and the FC Chamber are spending like crazy through their respective non-profits.
Very good article about the 19 Colorado cities that have joined nearly 100 others that have gained the right to explore whether municipal broadband is feasible.
Contains a list of the most recent repeal actions of SB-152.
Truth Test: Ad against Fort Collins internet gives false choice
Next, Channel 4
10/31/2017
Fort Collins
Broadband Initiative
A Balanced Perspective (Video)
September 14, 2017
Activists target Comcast over municipal broadband in Seattle, Colorado
The  Philly Inquirier, Nov 6th 2017

​​With Tuesday’s election to determine Seattle’s next mayor nearing, an activist group lit up the outside walls of city hall there on Thursday night with “Comcast City Hall?”
Upgrade Seattle’s purpose was to bring attention to Comcast Corp.’s influence in local politics and a stalled plan for a city-owned broadband network to compete with Comcast and phone giant CenturyLink.
Fort Collins is also noted in this article.
A week away from Election Day - all of Colorado is being bombarded by TV ads for a local issue in Fort Collins - where voters are being asked if they want to get high-speed internet as a city utility.
You know who doesn't like that idea? The companies that sell high-speed internet, who’ve pitched in six figures from trade associations to help fight question 2B in Fort Collins.
The Information Science and Technology Center (IStec) at CSU sponsored a discussion of the pro and con arguments for municipal broadband in Fort Collins. The discussion is started with a factual presentation of Longmont's experience with their NextLight system. This 90 minute video does a good job of presenting both the pro and con viewpoints.
Frequently Asked Questions on Fiber Reliability
Corning Inc.
April 2016
Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America's Fastest Internet For Free, But It Will Give Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead
April 11, 2017
Oops! Comcast Called Out For Fabrications Concerning NextLight
June 21, 2017
Corning developed the first optical fiber capable of maintaining the strength of laser light signals over significant distances in 1970. This paper addresses the many questions and myths about the reliability of fiber networks.
A great example of a ridiculous use of taxpayer money under the guise of free market ideology.
Republican state Sen. Janice Bowling states that the Tennessee's state legislature has repeatedly bent over backwards for large ISPs.
"What we have right now is not the free market, it's regulations protecting giant corporations, which is the exact definition of crony capitalism," 

Tom Roiniotis, General Manager at NextLight in Longmont, responds to misleading information sent by Comcast to the Fort Collins City Council. It is  a great read.


How Big Telecom Gets Away With Rewriting America's Laws
April 6, 2016
Why Does Verizon Care About Telephone Poles
Sam Liccardo
Oct. 3, 2017
Fiber broadband: Is it a waste with 5G and Elon Musk's satellites on the horizon?, ZDNet,
Jason Hiner
Feburary 5, 2017
An interesting article on how our laws are influenced by big money contributions. Referenced in the article is a widely circulated opinion piece on the dangers of municipal broadband by the State Government Leadership Foundation.
The telecom industry is waging a war for cheap access to poles, at all levels. Big Telecom and its allies in the White House have quietly carried out a campaign to secure rapid and cheap access to those poles, at taxpayer expense. Colorado passed a state law suporting easy and expedited access to municipal poles in March, 2017. HB17-1193. 
This is a great read!
If you're a telecommuter, an entrepreneur, or a technology lover, and fiber broadband is coming to your area, then you're likely chomping at the bit to get it installed as soon as it's available.But make no mistake,  investing in FTTP today will create the leaders in 2025 when the next wave of technologies -- especially artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and mixed reality -- will demand much more robust connections from both the home and the office.
Netflix Surpasses Major Cable Providers in the U.S. 
Felix Richter,  
Jun 13, 2017
Results of the Repeal of SB-152 in Loveland
November, 2015
Having doubled its U.S. subscriber base in the past five years, Netflix passed a major milestone in the first quarter of 2017. For the first time, the popular internet video streaming platform has more internet subscribers than the largest cable pay-TV providers in the country. 
Loveland Votes Overwhelmingly for Repeal of SB-152
  “Loveland voters on Tuesday heartily approved a ballot question that will allow the city government to provide high-speed Internet to its residents.” reported the Reporter-Herald