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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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A sure bet for recouping you broadband investment? Follow Columbus, Ohio's game plan of marrying wired and wireless broadband so your local government's Internet of Things and their Internet of People to form a truly smart city. Columbus uses broadband and information technology to innovate, collaborate, attract investment, improve government services delivery and raise the quality of life for its citizens, winning it the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The Intelligent Community Forum (IFC) gives this award to highlight communities' best practices for adapting to the demands of the broadband economy. Gary Cavin, City of Columbia, decribe some of the projects that contributed to his city's winning its prestigious honor. Researchers at Ohio State University won a two-year $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a safe and resilient network architecture dubbed the ?Science DMZ.? New gigabit networking and application support tools are being developed that will foster broadband adoption. High-definition video supporting public safety, law enforcement and first responders. The city's Comprehensive Traffic Signaling System (CTSS) program is building a backbone of fiber optic cable and wireless communications technologies. Cavin informs listeners how other cities can use the power of the gigabit to transform government services and create new applications. Several of Columbus' best practices will be included in the new version Craig Settles' book, Building the Gigabit City.
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Look at every successful Community network and you will find good marketing that begins months before a network actually launches. Longmont, CO has marketed its network for several years, and has the take-rates (new... more

Developing relationships with elected officials and city government staff is critical to any muni network marketing plan, both locally and at the state level. For many communities, public networks are bipartisan efforts. At the state level, however,... more

[Due tech difficuties, there is a 5-min audio blackout. You can fast-foward when this happens.] Sometimes the obvious solution to a broadband challenge is right there in front of a community. Like money. Waverly, IA realized that not just one... more

Forward-thinking people in five U.S. cities hit the bleeding-edge of innovation this past weekend while answering the question, ?what can we do with a gig?? The future of gig apps looks particularly bright according to French telecom... more

Munis are in the infrastructure business, a.k.a. municipal broadband networks, and doing rather well at it. Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) in Iowa is a great example of a city-built asset that is busy creating innovative solutions to meet... more

It's all hands on deck as several Obama Administration agencies and departments spring into action implementing components of the Obama Broadband Doctrine announced recently in Cedar Falls, IA. Today learn how your community can get... more

Tennessee, along with North Carolina, has become Ground Zero in the Obama Administration's drive to roll back state laws restricting public-owned broadband networks. But what about on the ground? How do consumers, businesses and... more

Cedar Falls, IA became Ground Zero for launching a Presidential drive for gigabit community-owned broadband throughout the U.S. Learn how this 20-year old network took center stage last week as the latest beacon leading cities... more

A big majority of the hundreds of citywide and partial-reach broadband networks are celebrated successes by their stakeholders, businesses and residential subscribers, disproving critics who wrongly claim all public-owned networks are... more

There are 20 are about states with restrictions on muni- and public utility-owned broadband. More states may try to join them in 2015. But communities across America are gearing up to push back. Learn how the Coalition for Local Internet... more

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