Posted on July 27, 2011 by Craig Settles
The citizens, businesses and institutions of Chattanooga are living the Vita Gigabit, and loving it. It’s been just a short time (September 2009) since EPB, the city’s public utility, rolled out their fiber network. And an even shorter time since they began offering gigabit service over the network in September 2010. But the impact is far reaching.
Jim Ingraham, EPB’s VP of Strategic Planning, has been in the thick of things since the beginning of the project. He led the development of the network’s business plan. On Gigabit Nation’s inaugural broadcast (7/27 2:00 p.m. EST), we’ll discuss:
1) how EPB came to focus on smart grid as a main application of the fiber network, and what are the economic development implications of this decision;
2) what are some of the cool uses and benefits of the network to date; and
3) does the mesh network riding over the fiber have the potential to deliver on the dream of municipal wireless from several years ago?
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Posted on July 25, 2011 by Craig Settles
Two weeks ago I decided to pull the trigger. There are lots of communities planning to build, looking for money to build, or already building broadband networks. These folks often have more questions than answers. So why not bring people who have experience in the trenches directly to those in need of answers?
That’s when Gigabit Nation, Broadband talk radio™ was born (www.blogtalkradio.com/gigabitnation).
Gigabit Nation’s mission is threefold: 1) inform listeners how to get meaningful broadband into communities everywhere, 2) help communities increase broadband adoption and 3) provide a vehicle for people to work together – and with organizations – to get broadband done.
We’re bringing community and industry stakeholders on the twice-weekly (2:00 EST) show to share their stories. People from the public, private and nonprofit sectors who have helped make broadband possible, or are working on new broadband projects. But why stop at talk radio?
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Posted on July 25, 2011 by Craig Settles
These communities and organizations will be represented on Gigabit Nation Broadband Talk Radio this month. If you subscribe to my RSS feed, you’ll receive regular updates as guests are added to the schedule.
[As of July 25]
||Public utility-owned gigabit network
||Franklin County, VA
||PPP for wireless countywide network
||Santa Monica, CA
||Municipal-owned citywide gigabit network
||Howard County, MD
||Part of 8-county broadband stimulus grant
||Regional private ISP forming PPPs
||Muni citywide fiber network in PPP
||Cape Cod, MA broadband stimulus winner
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Posted on July 5, 2011 by Craig Settles
Near the end of June I swung into the two Kansas Cities (Kansas and Missouri) to see how things are going now that the euphoria was starting to wear off from the announcement that Google is awarding both cities a gigabit network. This was probably one of the most anticipated announcement in the tech world this century. But of course, after the euphoria comes the hard work.
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Posted on July 4, 2011 by Craig Settles
“Chattanooga is what the Internet will look like in 10 years. We’re 10 times faster 10 years sooner than the goals established in the National Broadband Plan.” Harold DePriest, President – EPB.
My May broadband site visit to Chattanooga was very enlightening. Something akin to time travel as I got to see some interesting applications made possible by a highspeed fiber network that’s now capable of delivering a gigabit per second of Internet access speed. This is what most of the U.S. could look like in 5 or so years if we could just get the big telcos out of the way.
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