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Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving… a traditional holiday in the United States involving the gathering of friends and family, and the ceremonial roasting/frying of a large turkey; once described by Benjamin Franklin as “a Bird of Courage, [which] would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard […]


Election Day in Colorado: Voters Choose Local Control

In so many places across the country, the recent election highlighted differences, however, residents in rural Colorado overwhelmingly voted to opt out of SB 152, the senate bill placing restrictions on local government control of high speed internet, an inspiring show of unity and determination to control their own economy and future. While the SB 152 may […]


Election Day in Colorado: Voters Choose Local Control

In so many places across the country, the recent election highlighted differences, however, residents in rural Colorado overwhelmingly voted to opt out of SB 152, the senate bill placing restrictions on local government control of high speed internet, an inspiring show of unity and determination to control their own economy and future. While the SB 152 may […]


Hacked By Shade

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Plainville Light Posts Shedding Some Light on Connectivity

Don’t you love it when your worlds collide? The other morning I was reading the local newspaper (yes, I still receive and read a hardcopy of the newspaper) and I came across an interesting story about street light Wi-Fi in Plainville, Connecticut. Just a few towns over from myself a municipality is tackling the issue of […]


Plainville Light Posts Shedding Some Light on Connectivity

Don’t you love it when your worlds collide? The other morning I was reading the local newspaper (yes, I still receive and read a hardcopy of the newspaper) and I came across an interesting story about street light Wi-Fi in Plainville, Connecticut. Just a few towns over from myself a municipality is tackling the issue of […]


A (maybe not so) Strange Marriage

It’s rare that my two worlds (energy efficiency and community broadband) collide, but at an energy conference in October, I heard the strangest thing… the Wisconsin Public Service Commission is considering using some of the surplus efficiency funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.  My broadband advocate self started cheering, while my efficiency self […]


Wilson Fights For Its Neighbors

A few weeks back I wrote about how the Sixth Circuit Court Ruling forced Wilson, North Carolina’s municipal broadband service, Greenlight, to discontinue its service to customers outside of the municipality, like Pinetops, in order to comply with state law. The decision meant the 1,300 residents of Pinetops would lose all access to the internet. […]


Ammon, Idaho: Small Town, Big Ideas

Ammon, Idaho’s town motto, “small town, big life“, accurately describes the town outside of Idaho Falls in more ways than one. Established in 1905, Ammon has been “building a strong community with active families, thriving businesses, and cutting-edge technology”, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho. In order to sustain “big life” in a small town connectivity is key. […]


NLT Sponsors Annual Hazus Conference

New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT) along with 8 other sponsors is one of the Gold Sponsors for the 9th Annual Hazus Conference being held this week in Charleston, SC.  Hazus is a leading platform for providing risk-assessments for earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.  This years theme is focused on “Achieving Disaster Resilience through Hazus Innovation.” […]


Smart Rural Communities Raise the Bar

According to Community Broadband Networks‘s website October is National Cooperative Month– a month dedicated to the celebration of  the work done by cooperatives to bring rural communities high quality internet access! In honor of this month-long occasion I took a look at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). It is often better known as The Rural Broadband Association and […]


To Paraphrase: The Good, The Bad, and The Knockout

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a report earlier this month on the North Carolina State Broadband Plan released in June.  Authored by H.R. Trostle and Christopher Mitchell, the report is very critical of the NC plan, which emphasizes public-private partnerships over local development and ownership of broadband networks. Trostle and Mitchell did not pull […]


Understanding Gigabit Internet

Four cities in Westchester County of New York are pursuing “gigabit Internet.” Yonkers, Mount Vernon, White Plains, and New Rochelle are all actively seeking proposals for the installation of the service to be implemented in the next three to five years. Google Fiber is one of the more well-known gigabit providers offering service in 23 […]


Web Services Developer (PHP)

https://www.smartrecruiters.com/NewLightTechnologiesInc/100722488-web-services-developer-php- New Light Technologies is looking for a Web Services Developer (PHP).  The ideal candidate will work within a good team environment learning new skills constantly. They are strong advocates of the Agile methodology with strong TDD and BDD. The PHP Developer must demonstrate a strong understanding of distributed platforms, […]


The Guide to Guides: Getting Started

There are a lot of guides and “how to’s” about starting and running a community broadband organization.  To be honest, it’s a lot to sift through and can be overwhelming, at least that’s how we felt when we started looking into the resources currently available on the internet.  In an effort to triage your reading […]


Hope and Persistence in Tennessee

The municipal fiber provider for Chattanooga, EPB, is confident that change is on the horizon in regards to current broadband legislation. While the company is restricted to selling only 1 Gbps within its town, other surrounding towns continuously request to gain access to their service. Furthermore, local telecom providers continue to exacerbate the digital divide […]


“Homework Zones” in Liberty County Further Education

Technology is the way of the world these days. Everywhere we turn computers, smart phones, and tablets are commonplace. It is hard to imagine a world without them. The world of education proves to be no different. Just in the past two years my old high school jumped on the revolution where every student is to have an […]


Join Us at the “Fiber for the New Economy” Conference Next Week

Jason Longenecker and Ghermay Araya will be conducting a DIY Fiber Mapping workshop at the Broadband Communities, Fiber for the New Economy Conference in Minneapolis, MN.  Our workshop takes place on October 18th from 2-4 PM. Having the ability to provide a timely ballpark estimate for fiber installation allows a broadband operator to qualify leads faster and […]


Pulling the Plug on Pinetops

It is official. Small town America is starting to feel the aftermath of the Sixth Circuit Supreme Court ruling on municipal broadband in Tennessee and North Carolina. The ruling, which barred municipal broadband providers from extending their service outside of their city limits and reaching underserved communities, is hitting communities like Pinetops, North Carolina hard and leaving […]


One Touch Make Ready Proceeds in Nashville…But Not Without Conflict

AT&T has decided to sue the city of Nashville in order to stop a new ordinance designed to accelerate the deployment of Google Fiber’s aerial fiber network in the city. The lawsuit comes a few days after the Nashville’s Metro Council passed a “One Touch Make Ready” rule and Mayor Megan Barry signed the ordinance into […]