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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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This story of broadband-driven economic development is inspiring. Around 2003, Danville, VA faced pretty bleak economic conditions, including huge unemployment. As tobacco farming died out in the state, towns were shrinking... more

Today, President Obama issues an Executive Order to significantly streamline the deployment of conduit, a key element of broadband infrastructure. This is expected to reduce 90% of the cost of putting fiber in the ground. The White... more

Your community could be missing a great opportunity. One of the best kept secrets is the FCC's eRate program. Established as part of a fund that every person who pays a phone bill contributes to, eRate provides money to schools... more

This week the Intelligent Communities Forum selects the world's Intelligent Community of the Year at their annual conference. ICF showcases the innovative use of information and communications tech to build prosperous, inclusive and... more

$7 billion later it's a good time to ask, are we going to see world-stopping innovation? After all, innovation is one of the cool byproducts all of these investments in broadband are supposed to produce. Explore what innovation... more

Bristol, VA's public utility-owned broadband net (BVU Optinet) is one of the earliest and more frequently acknowledged community network success story. Effective and creative marketing put BVU's Internet services on the map. Kyle... more

NOTE: The audio glitch you hear is with the host only. Our guest's audio is perfectly clear. Is the goal of broadband adoption getting more people to use the technology, or getting them to use it more effectively? Today we try to answer... more

Yesterday, at the SHLB Coalition's conference, Gig.U and Gigabit Squared announced the nation's first gigabit network deployment fund. Get the details today with our guest, Mark Ansboury, CEO of Gigabit Squared. Under this $200... more

Get more economic bang for your broadband buck. Paul Niedzwiecki, Ex. Dir. of the Cape Cod Commission, and Alan Davis, President and CEO of CapeNet join us live at SmarterCape Summit to discuss why it pays to take care of the... more

Last week we explored the value of creating co-ops and nonprofit organizations to make broadband deployment more affordable and beneficial for constituents. Today's interview presents a third option for better broadband, community... more