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Bounty Hunter Scott Bernstein returns to the show for an other episode of Plan for Fitness. We will discuss fugitive recovery and human trafficking. Featured on T.V. and Radio throughout the years. He saves lives for the many that are taken out of our country lost and forced/drugged into abuse and prostitution. He is brave and a guest on my show since 2010
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, getting both sides of the aisle to come together behind these networks produces mixed results.
The city of Sandy Oregon has a very stellar relationship between City staff, elected officials and constituents. City IT Director Joe Knapp and Sandy Council President Jeremy Peitzold tell us what works for them while offering other communities some perspectives to consider.
how do city staff and city council form consensus defining the goals, getting funding and planning marketing;
everybody wants the network built in their area first, and but political tensions can build because somebody has to be last;
what do you do when one or two opponents of the network are one city council;
is public networks’ role in economic development the key to legislative good will.
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There’s a lot going on in broadband in Oregon. Communities such as Sandy are upgrading their infrastructure significantly, or planning their initial networks. Co-op are energized and several of them are planning to launch broadband initiatives. The rural telephone companies are providing creative solutions that are getting communities connected.
Joseph Franell, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, discusses some of the opportunities and the challenges that communities face here in the state. Gigabit Nation is broadcasting live from the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, which draws statewide attendees to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about telecommunications.
Franell and Gigabit Nation host Craig Settles highlight:
some of the challenges with bridging the broadband divide in education;
addressing the urban/rural divide;
what is the "right" model to deploy gigabit networks in rural markets;
how has the USF/ICC reform impacted rural carriers and how are they moving forward;
what are the pluses and minuses of the Google Fiber model.
Sandy, OR’s move to gigabit broadband is one of the many case stories in Settles’ new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol. 2.
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 special in 90-minute broadcast. Is this going to be a clean sweep?
Ken Fellman, general counsel with the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance, joins us with summary analysis of how the communities voted and what do these results mean for broadband in the state. Fellman and host Craig Settles also will call on some of the towns and counties to get first-hand observations, and thoughts on how the communities will proceed.
Another topic of discussion is the impact that the election results will have on the competitive landscape of the state. The day after last year's election, Comcast announced a statewide increase of their broadband speed. What might incumbents do this year in the face of what is expected to be an unanimous consensus for public broadband by the electorate? Will the winds of change blow over into other states with restrictions on municipal broadband?
My latest book on broadband strategy goes into depth about how to deal with states that have restrictions on public broadband.
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 Sibley Counties created the RS Fiber Cooperative to address rural communication needs. Recently the communities decided to lend the co-op funds they need to build a fiber and wireless infrastructure to cover the towns and farmlands in the co-op's service area. The arrangement resolves several challenges that a number of communities face:
it was easier for cities to pass a bond to pay the co-op to build the network rather then have the cities build it;
co-ops’ existing community relationships translate into faster network take rates;
Minnesota is one of the 21 states with a law restricting public broadband.
Mark Erickson, Winthrop, MN EDA Director and a key contributor to the project joins us to talk us through the complexities of the financial arrangement and the benefits of having the co-op take the lead on the network buildout. He also discusses the role of co-ops in the bigger broadband picture as they take aggressive action in deploying networks.
My new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol 2, devotes significant coverage to co-ops and their increasing impact on broadband.
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