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Craig Settles, president of CJ Speaks (www.cjspeaks.com), and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband. 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.

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Last year, the Tennessee governor and legislature freed co-ops of restrictions on delivering broadband to its members. Last month, the first co-op out of the gate announced its partnership with a local ISP to provide gigabit service to its... more

Arkansas used to lead the US in stroke deaths. Less then 1% of stroke patients statewide received the de-clotting drug alteplase (TPA). Renee Joiner, (BSN, RN) Director of Arkansas SAVES Stroke Telemedicine Program and Tina Benton,... more

Chattanooga soon will reach 100,000 subscribers for its public broadband network. And the telco/cable incumbents would love nothing better than to crush the life out of the city's network. Telehealth could keep EPB, the city public... more

We could lower the nation's collective healthcare bill if we leveraged telehealth. The FCC apparently got the message and plans to launch the Connected Care $100 million grant program. But some worry that the grant will become one... more

Just up the highway from Silicon Valley, the Bay Area's first gigabit city is transforming a former manufacturing powerhouse into a test bed of technology and other innovations. San Leandro joins Chattanooga and Kansas City with... more

The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition developed not one but 10 policy proposals to address broadband. Called the ?Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan?, these documents provide ideas and... more

Digital inclusion – bridging the divide between the technology haves and have-nots. 15% and 30% of our urban citizens are shut out of the digital economy, while that and maybe more in our rural lack Internet access. Input and... more

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently turned down big telecom companies' efforts to derail the FCC ?net-neutrality? rules. It took 14 years of fighting, wrangling, enduring short-term defeats and a certain amount of... more

One of the fading myths of our time is that large metro areas don't need a gig, and another myth is that you can't make a business case for delivering a gig to low-income communities, even if they need it. A wireless ISP (WISP) located in... more

People say, ?broadband is just like electricity in the 1920s. That's why electric co-ops were formed, and why they need to build community broadband.? But why not build a co-op specifically for broadband? In Minnesota several... more