Bristol, another Tennessee town is getting Gigabit broadband

With current broadband market is essentially a comfortable duopoly of cable and telecom operators with little competitive pressure that leads to forward looking features. It is no surprise that cities are looking to take matters in their own hands taking a cue from Bristol, Tennessee.

Who’s driving your broadband bus?

Want to control your community’s broadband? Then you you have to own the process that determines how the technology is used, as Kansas City might be learning to its chagrin after Google didn’t seem keen a proposal for community Wi-Fi in one section of the city.

Maybe it’s time to rethink how we fund broadband

Last week’s announcement that a $200 million broadband investment fund is in play courtesy of Gigabit Squared is part of a quiet trend of communities searching for new ways to fund broadband. From promissory notes to bonds, towns are building networks in new ways.

Hey, speed demons! San Francisco to get a gig!, an independent ISP in San Francisco, plans to roll out a gigabit network to the city, putting the hub of today’s tech and web community on equal footing with Chattanooga, Tenn., and eventually both sides of Kansas City, where Google plans to lay fiber.

Verizon upgrades network for a 100 gig world

Long-haul networks aren’t the only pipes getting 100 gigabit upgrades these days. On Tuesday Verizon said it is upgrading the metro networks in at least seven U.S. cities to meet the demand for broadband at the edge. Looks like we’re closing in on the terabit age.

You’ve got a gigabit network, so now what?

Two news headlines of note this week highlight the challenges of getting what you wish for, especially if what you wished for is a gigabit network. One shows a community that’s reached a broadband objective, the latter reflects another’s uncertainty about what its objectives are.

London’s CityFibre to build a $800 million gigabit network

CityFibre, a London-based telecom operator, wants to raise $800 million to build a fiber-to-the-home network and compete with British Telecom in the race to wire up Britain with super-fast networks. It’s one of the many upstarts with big dreams for big and fast networks.

Get your gig on, developers!

The folks at the Kauffman Foundation have teamed up with Google to create a portal where folks can submit their ideas for gigabit application that could use the proposed fiber to the home network that Google plans to build in both Kansas Cities. Lucky them.

Getting to multi-gigabit wireless. Yes gigabit!

Sure, Sprint will deliver LTE-Advanced in 2013, a standard that can offer gigabit speeds on fixed networks, but Samsung is talking about ways we can get multi-gigabit wireless networks. These are wireless networks that are faster than today’s wired ones.

A Tale of Two Kansas Cities and Google

Last week I visited two Kansas Cities – in Kansas and Missouri – on a broadband site visit. When I went to Chattanooga, Tenn., I got an “after” picture of what communities can do with a gigabit. The Kansas City trip was about figuring out the “before.”

What a Gigabit Network Can Do? Find Out

Two days in Chattanooga, Tenn. show how a municipal broadband network can pay dividends when community leaders focus on the applications a gigabit network can deliver and consider the long-term economic development potential. And yes, it can even generate enough revenue to become profitable.

Why Chattanooga Represents Broadband’s Future

Last September Chattanooga, Tenn.’s public utility (EPB) announced the first gigabit broadband service in the U.S. To fully grasp the economic power of true broadband, community leaders and broadband champions need look under the hood to get the inside scoop.Here’s what gigabit networks can do.