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Craig Settles, president of CJ Speaks (www.cjspeaks.com), and guests discuss business strategies for putting broadband networks and telehealth into place, as well as policy issues that affect community broadband and telehealth. Gigabit Nation’s mission is threefold: 1) inform listeners how to get meaningful broadband and telehealth into communities everywhere, 2) help communities increase broadband and telehealth adoption and 3) provide a vehicle for people to work together – and with organizations – to advance digital technologies.

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Just up the highway from Silicon Valley, the Bay Area's first gigabit city is transforming a former manufacturing powerhouse into a test bed of technology and other innovations. San Leandro joins Chattanooga and Kansas City with... more

The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition developed not one but 10 policy proposals to address broadband. Called the ?Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan?, these documents provide ideas and... more

Digital inclusion – bridging the divide between the technology haves and have-nots. 15% and 30% of our urban citizens are shut out of the digital economy, while that and maybe more in our rural lack Internet access. Input and... more

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently turned down big telecom companies' efforts to derail the FCC ?net-neutrality? rules. It took 14 years of fighting, wrangling, enduring short-term defeats and a certain amount of... more

One of the fading myths of our time is that large metro areas don't need a gig, and another myth is that you can't make a business case for delivering a gig to low-income communities, even if they need it. A wireless ISP (WISP) located in... more

People say, ?broadband is just like electricity in the 1920s. That's why electric co-ops were formed, and why they need to build community broadband.? But why not build a co-op specifically for broadband? In Minnesota several... more

It could be time for communities to re-think the feasibility study process. They can spend up to $150,000 to complete a study, but are communities really resolving the questions they need to pursue? Some feel that a process with its roots... more

With all the hype about fiber, we sometimes forget wireless still has an important role to play. Fairlawn, Ohio supports over 22,000 people every day in addition to its 7,400 residents, so they had to have guaranteed super-fast, reliable and... more

Many people think broadband benefits local governments by making PCs, apps and systems run faster. But what happens when the process of governing accelerates into gig speed? In two months, Next Century Cities expects to find... more

We are at the point where we have scores of public highspeed networks delivering an array of benefits for businesses and consumers. Kansas City, the original Google Fiber network, weighs in their accomplishments and challenges... more

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