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Keeping Community Broadband Alive and Well In a Hostile NC

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Communities have a tough time getting broadband should tune in to see how Wilson, NC. keeps doing well in a state very hostile to muni networks. Wilson was an early broadband freedom fighter, and against heavy odds, managed to keep the right to own and operate their network, Greenlight.

Brian Bowman, Wilson's Public Affairs Manager, offers insights to Greenlight's continued business and political success despite Time Warner's intense efforts to undermine them. Greenlight owes its success to smart business practices plus continually engaging community involvement. NOTOA just awarded them one of two Community Broadband Fiber Networks of the Year.

Bowman gives listeners tips for building political support at both City Hall and the state house. He knows better than many on this score. Greenlight managed to survive after one of the most restrictive anti-muni net bills in the US passed.