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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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Three years ago, July 27, 2011, Gigabit Nation launched to help public, private and nonprofit organizations get better broadband everywhere it needs to be. Chattanooga's gig network was my first feature. Join the show's 3rd Anniversary broadcast live from EPB, Chattanooga's public utility and operator of the first U.S. citywide gigabit network. Chattanooga is one of the rock stars of U.S. broadband. Meet key players from center stage and behind the scenes driving innovation, economic development and a better quality of life for the city's diverse constituents. An all-star cast of stakeholders are stopping by to help Gigabit Nation celebrate, and also share some of the inside scoop on three years of network milestones, marketing wins and plans for future successes. Learn about Chattanooga's fight against states' intrusion on communities' broadband decisions, and other ways in which the gig city is influence national discussion on broadband. Joining the show are: Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke EPB CEO Harold DePriest Jim Ingraham, EPB VP Strategic Research, Gigabit Nation's first guest Katie Espeseth, EPB VP New Products J.Ed Marston, VP Marketing & Communications, Chamber of Commerce Dr. Steve Angle, Chancellor, University of Tennessee Chattanooga Jack Studer, LampPost, Chattanooga Venture Capitalist Bentley Cook, Senvery, GigTANK graduate Sheldon Grizzle, Managing Partner, Spartan Partners Mike Bradshaw, Executive Director, The Company Lab
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When it comes to speed, wireless advocates say this technology holds its own even in Kansas City where Google promises to deliver 1 gig connectivity. One home-grown Kansas City wireless ISP (WISP) is already delivering 2 gigabit... more

Chattanooga is not the only community executing a full court press to encourage and facilitate gigabit application development. Illinois is trying its hand at running contests to create the most awesome apps to run on the several networks being... more

Word of the Tacoma public-owned network's demise is not only exaggerated, it is a blatant lie told by CenturyLink minions to try to steal Click! customers. Click! is 15 years old and increasing both its power and reach. Click! General... more

Wireless ISPs (WISPs) are like the WW II PT boats in the battle for better broadband. They're small, they're swift. They get into places bigger boats can't go, get the job done and zip off to the next mission. WISPs collectively get a lot of... more

It's back to school time once again. Time to pick up some pens, pencils, notebooks and...broadband? Students in four Georgia counties probably can't wait to get back to school this Fall because they're going to have some of the... more

23 small Vermont towns and townships banded together in 2008 to explore building a broadband network. They created a nonprofit corporation and raised over $1.2 million in two funding rounds offering $2,500 promissory notes. They... more

Chattanooga is one of the most high-profile success stories of a public utility making broadband possible in communities where incumbents are weak. But plenty other public utilities have launched successful networks, particularly in... more

Many people know about Chattanooga's fiber network. But did you know that the largest U.S. gigabit network also supports a 16 Mbps symmetrical WiFi mesh network, the fastest municipal-use wireless network? City CIO Mark Keil joins... more

When it comes to fighting for the public good, during his term as Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Michael Copps proved to be one of the best. He joins us to carry on the call for smarter pro-consumer broadband and... more

Since over $240 million has been raised for projects using Kickstarter, it is logical to believe that community broadband advocates can use crowdfunding successfully to raise money for network projects. Today's guest is Jase Wilson,... more