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Craig Settles 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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If there ever was a sign that the floodgates on community broadband have fully opened, it's this Election Day as 46 Colorado communities vote on taking back their right to build public networks. Get election results here on Gigabit Nation's... more

[Tech glitch zapped the last 25 min. We're going to have a do-over and record that part again.] There's a lot going on in broadband in Oregon. Communities such as Sandy are upgrading their infrastructure significantly, or planning their... more

?We might push a gig, but we have plans to heavily promote 10 Mbps and 20 Mbps services,? states Bob Hance, President and CEO of Midwest Energy Cooperative. He has learned that communities' diverse needs benefit from... more

Are we entering a digital arms race? First Salisbury, NC announces its 10-gigabit network last month. Then Chattanooga announced its 10-gigabit network last week. Should the dozens of communities planning or starting to build gig... more

The connecting of communities with gigabit networks is only half the battle. The full value of this technology will not be reached until we develop applications that harness the power of the networks. 15 gigabit cities or cities with gigabit-equiped... more

In 2014, the leadership of Salisbury decided that it was time to expand marketing of their Fibrant fiber network up a few notches, that there were still lots of local businesses and individuals yet to take advantage of the network. These... more

Some creative thinking saved the broadband dreams of 10 cities in two Minnesota counties. Could cooperatives (co-ops) provide the magic bullet for municipalities encumbered with funding and political hurdles? Communities in Renville and... more

It's full steam ahead as dozens of Colorado communities prepare to pass referenda to take back their rights to build public broadband networks. Top of the planning list is determining how to finance these infrastructure projects. Virgil... more

It's good to take a step back, gauge the ways broadband has advanced as a community asset, and get a sense how these networks are moving cities forward. As Gigabit Nation celebrates its 4th anniversary, this is a good opportunity... more

From a regulatory perspective, the FCC is the lead agency shaping this Administration's broadband legacy, both for its aggressive policymaking and its program funding. This interview looks at how far the FCC has come, and how... more