Next Generation Broadband in Montana

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Is broadband available near you? This updated FCC map can tell you. Maybe.

A completely accurate map, however, could still leave a reader dismayed because it correctly conveys an unpleasant truth: At too many U.S. addresses, broadband either remains out of reach or is only available from one company.

An Iowa Town’s $60 Million Plan to Span the Broadband Gap

In a bid to boost digital access, West Des Moines is building its own fiber-optic conduit network — and committing Google to provide citywide service. 

Hey Montana. Are You Listening! – 121 Colorado Communities Have Opted Out of Anti-Muni Broadband Preemption Law

Colorado’s SB152, passed in 2005 after lobbying pressure by Comcast and Centurylink, prohibits the use of municipal or county money for broadband infrastructure without first holding a public vote. Deep pocketed monopolies know they can usually outspend municipalities, bombarding voters with misleading marketing to try and shift the vote in their favor.

New fiber-optic provider announces plans to expand to Butte

A new fiber-optic internet service will soon be available in western Montana. TDS Telecommunications added Butte to its construction roster, with plans to build a new all-fiber network in six Montana communities.

Grizzly Broadband to bring fiber-optic internet to Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

According to executive director Joe Smith, the majority of Ravalli County will have fiber internet after all five projects are completed.

What is Wi-Fi 7? Everything You Need to Know 

The Wi-Fi 6E successor is creeping closer, and it promises to significantly boost the speed and stability of your wireless connections.

Improving the FCC Maps

Please share the below information with your networks and colleagues regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) first version of the National Broadband Map and open challenge process.  Look for an email invite from me in mid-January for a virtual event on NTIA’s new broadband programs and how you can get involved. 

Do You Really Have the Broadband the FCC Thinks You Have?

Billions of dollars in funding will be administered based on the FCC’s broadband availability map. Is it right? Check your own address and see.

CUDs (Communications Union Districts) Lead Affordable Fiber Revolution in Vermont

CUDs provide individual communities significantly more power and leverage through cross-community alliances and partnerships, allowing them to accomplish more than they could have by themselves.

UTOPIA, Strata Networks Turns Utah into Hotbed of Looming Competition

Now, officials in American Fork, Utah have struck a new partnership with Strata Networks to build 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) capable fiber network to improve high-speed Internet access for the city’s 34,000 residents.