The Blandin Foundation has awarded the cities a $40,000 matching grant to conduct a feasibility study for a Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network. The Sibley County Commissioners have provided a $40,000 match for the communities in Sibley County.
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Craig Settles has an answer for the 1,095 communities that are not going to get Google to build a next-generation fiber optic network in their area once Google chooses a few winners in the coming weeks.
Don’t pout, organize.
Broadband as a vehicle for social transformation
What a concept. At the heart of the public policy debate for broadband improvement are the implications of universal broadband service in every American home. What such transformation brings to ordinary consumers, entrepreneurs, employers and employees — even the digital economy as a whole, is open for debate. At the heart of it is an argument over who is best suited to deliver that transformation – private industry or government, or perhaps both. It’s an argument at the heart of various public policy debates these days, be they on health care, the environment, energy, housing, or telecommunications.
Municipal Fiber to the Home Deployments: Next Generation Broadband as a Municipal Utility
David St. John, FTTH Council
The market penetration of fiber to the home is increasing, with more than 5.25 million North American homes now connected directly into fiber optic networks. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is quickly becoming the broadband service of choice for consumers looking to keep pace with highbandwidth Internet applications and home entertainment options such as high definition video on demand.