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The Broadband Landscape

September 6th, 2012

  What is the role, importance, and future of broadband? Broadband for America has been hosting several panel discussions on the subject, and some interesting tidbits have emerged from one of these panels: Broadband network companies support over 10 million jobs and growing. Broadband-related jobs across the U.S. pay more than 41 percent above the […]

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The Experiences of Other Fiber Networks

August 29th, 2012

  In April, Christopher Mitchell (who recently wrote a blog post for us), published “Broadband at the Speed of Light.” In this report, he explains “how three communities built next-generation networks,” focusing on Chattanooga, Tn.; Bristol, Va.; and Lafayette, La. We’ve been meaning to dig into that report and share some elements. By no means […]

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Guest Post–Community Broadband: America’s Broadband Hope

August 14th, 2012

Guest Column: Christopher Mitchell   The broadband gap in America is slowly morphing into a broadband chasm. Millions of Americans have no broadband access to the Internet. Tens of millions are stuck with only slow and unreliable DSL. The vast majority of America has a single cable option as its fastest connection to the Internet. […]

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Catching the Vision of Open-Access Broadband

July 19th, 2012

  “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” The quote above, attributed to Thomas Watson in 1943, when he was chairman and CEO of IBM, is an illustrative example of shortsightedness and bad predictions. While useful in that regard, there’s one minor problem: there is no evidence Watson actually said it. […]

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Benefits of Community Broadband

July 19th, 2012

At the end of June, Christopher Mitchell of Community Broadband Networks interviewed Todd Marriott, UTOPIA Executive Director, for a podcast, which is now available. Mitchell is Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR), and oversees MuniNetworks.org as part of ILSR’s effort “to ensure broadband networks are directly accountable to […]

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Broadband as Infrastructure

June 26th, 2012

Om Malik (founder of GigaOM) recently wrote an article regarding the US-Ignite announcement. He’s not convinced US-Ignite will do what it’s setting out to do, but his perspective regarding broadband is discerning: Broadband is of crucial importance to our global economy. Just as railroads and roads were crucial to the Industrial Revolution, broadband connectedness is […]

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Boosting Economic Growth with “Digitization”

June 18th, 2012

One of the key reasons for the establishment of UTOPIA was providing next-gen tech infrastructure to give Utah a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses. It doesn’t hurt in attracting tech-savvy residents, either. Whether you work in tech or not, it’s incredibly hard to get away from it these days. Even people who don’t have […]

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UTOPIA Contributes to National Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Next-Generation Networks

June 14th, 2012

Todd Marriott, Executive Director of UTOPIA, is in Washington, D.C., today to participate in a White House event which will announce new steps in support of President Obama’s plan for expanding and improving access to broadband technology for American homes and businesses. At this event, US Ignite, a public-private partnership, will be introduced that aims […]

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