FLASHBACK: When Gigabit Nation speaks...This urban WISP delivers a gig wirelessly to low-income communities. Urban centers would do well to look at this approach in addition to monthly $10/person subsidies. #gignat #econdev…/what-happens-when-gigabit-wi…

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 Cleveland, Ohio has been providing homes and businesses there...

When asked by VSee CEO Milton Chen, the moderator of last week's webinar, "What would you whisper in Trump’s ear regarding broadband policy?" Using incredible restraint, I answered:

We’ve got to bring serious competition to broadband because when you look at all the problems, it ultimately comes down to there not being competition. Trump’s supposed to be the business guy.

MedCity News did great summary

"If you don't have good broadband, you don't have good telehealth," broadband analyst Craig Settles said in a February 8 webinar. But without strong broadband policies, patients in need don't have access to virtual care.

The telehealth industry and the community broadband industry need to partner up, especially when it comes to Federal and state policy development.

There can only be great telehealth where there is great broadband. Value-added telehealth products and services give community broadband owners a powerful marketing edge. Effective broadband policy facilitates telehealth and vice versa.

Check out my webinar on broadband policy that affects Telehealth. See you Thursday -

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A reality from from Joseph Malgeri.

Tennessee spends $10 Million in tax dollars to do a fraction of what Tennesseans wanted to do for themselves -- in 2015 but were prevented by our own state gove...rnment -- and what KUB could have done in 2004.

What WATE DID NOT TELL YOU is that in 2015, EPB Chattanooga committed $60 million to expand Broadband into Bradley County. What the report didn't tell you is that six other municipal electric utilities (Bristol, Morristown, Jackson, Clarksville, Pulaski and Tullahoma were ready and able to expand to their surrounding counties, to serve some 2 MILLION Tennessee homes and businesses.
What they don't tell you is that KUB Knoxville COULD HAVE DONE what Chattanooga did, as early as 2004 -- that Knoxville today could be a 1gig city, or a 10 gig city, like Chattanooga but chose not to.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW is that the media does not serve the state with timely, accurate reporting, especially of the quality like you'll see in the video half way down this page:…/municipal-broadband-battles.…


Now two of the lawmakers who prevented us from having high speed internet are asking for your vote for governor.

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The state of Tennessee is giving nearly $10 million in grants to help utilities, phone cooperatives and cable TV companies extend high-speed internet service to parts of 13 counties.

How does Net neutrality repeal and other broadband policies impact telehealth?

When your industry depends upon broadband the way telehealth does, ya gotta pay attention to broadband policy and policymakers! This webinar highlights and sparks discussions about broadband issues in the news, making them real for those marketing and using telehealth apps and services.

Community broadband owners and builders need to pay attention too. Those telehealth folks are allies in the war....

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Now that the FCC majority has nuked Net neutrality, communities are saying, "Screw this, hold my beer!

Public network failures are greatly exaggerated by critics who misinterpret what community broadband success. Giant providers only measures of success in huge profit margins and well-compensated stockholders. However, communities understand the value of the broadband as an asset and the ROI for the average taxpayer.

Nearly 400 public-owned networks operate in the United Sta...tes, according to the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, including 89 fiber and 74 cable community-wide networks, and over 180 partial-reach fiber networks covering business districts, industrial parks and medical and university campuses.

Read my book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol 2, and get plenty of success stories, new funding tips, guidelines for effective marketing and customer service, and a lot more. Download it now, then call me if you can use more help.

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This is the next installment of my series that helps rural and urban communities get faster better broadband everywhere it needs to be. I start with establishing a criteria for community broadband success, then present the business case for broadband, provide needs assessment guidance, highlight var...

Almost 4 years ago I asked econdev pros whether they thought telehealth and telemedicine should be a primary goal for building community-owned broadband. This article sums up some survey findings.

"Telehealth and telemedicine aren't being taken seriously enough, the report suggests, either as a means of improving the community's well-being or making it more attractive for new residents and healthcare-related development."

Check it out, and email me for a copy of the survey report (craig at cjspeaks com). It's a bit dated, but highlights econdev pros' attitudes about broadband's impact on local economies as an econdev tool. The report encourages local healthcare communities be part of broadband planning

Or could telehealth be a "sleeping economic giant" for communities that learn to view medical services as drivers of development?

It's not for everybody but plenty of communities are making it work. Sometimes, like UTOPIA, you have to stumble a few times to find your way. The naysayers and the incumbent shills want community broadband to go away. Screw 'em! There are many roads to success. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!!

What was once a subject of political division within Orem is now a much desired service.

Many harmful effects of net neutrality repeal can end when communities own Internet infrastructure via munis, public utilities, co-ops, public private partnerships. Ownership is easier, more profitable when #telehealth and #telemedicine are a primary goal of broadband.

My guest post on the SHLB blog advances a strategy for communities building tele-healthcare hubs that combines hospitals and healthcare facilities, schools, and libraries.…/How-to-Create-a-Tele-Healthcare-H….

I highlight telemedicine apps used by Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC and Sevier County Schools District in TN, as well as Mobile Beacon's interest in using their mobile Wi-Fi units in telemedicine apps.

Broadband Mag highlights University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) that linked 53 of state's 80 hospitals in a tele-stroke app. Before this, only 1% stroke patients in state receive aggressive treatment. Now, 33% are treated, and the rest don't require or don't want extensive treatment.

UAMS and Trauma Communications Center also use telemedicine to examine injured patient at local hospitals by video, direct treatment, while follow-up at the hospital or patient's doc. This saves med evacuation flights that can cost upward of $30,000 each. #telehealth #telemedicine

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Yesterday, Trump issued a mostly meaningless attempt to help rural broadband. His FCC henchman is giving incumbents total monopoly control by dressing it up in a suit of legality and an overcoat of feigned respectability.

It will take Herculean efforts of advocates, communities and Congress folks who believe in "broadband for the people" turn this tide now, and hard work for electoral relief in November.

Here are links to map and reports highlighting battle states, and some tips for counterattacking in state legislatures.

That co-op train keepin' on a-rolling down the track!

Chattanooga may have earned the name “Gig City,” but rural parts of the state have some catching up to do.

A Hawaii state lawmaker gets it! He intends to introduce a bill to require the state to explore creating and supporting locally owned #broadband networks. Even if the large incumbent in the state is doing a decent job, the effect of an extensive needs analysis and "shopping" for alternatives could possibly increase the quality of service from that incumbent.

Alternatively, the exercise could result in additional services from others providers, including from muni's, that could raise the level of broadband connectivity in the state. The threat of serious competition to big incumbents sometimes is enough to get improvements in broadband. Get it done!

"One option is to reject corporate internet service providers altogether, and control the internet ourselves."

This woman is the worst threat that community-own broadband faces. She is clearly the enemy of consumers and businesses nationwide. Blackburn's "openness" is a wolf in sheep's clothing. A bought and paid for tool of the incumbents. As Bell, Biv, and DeVoe said - poison.

Last week, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission and its Verizon-loving chair Ajit Pai rammed through a wildly unpopular decision to repeal Barack Obama-era open internet guidelines, potentially opening the door for internet service providers to start blocking or throttling anyo...

Yesterday, the FCC majority righteously screwed the American public without benefit of consent. It's time to make plans for a community-owned broadband network.

Net neutrality existed because market failure produced ISP monopolies and duopolies (Comcast, AT&T et al). Community-owned broadband via municipalities, public utilities, co-ops, or public private partnerships is one way to bring competition into play that forces the incumbent hounds to heel. Or at least enough to consumers and businesses a break.

Just in time for Christmas break, here are valuable reports to give you great ammunition (game plans) coming out of the gate in 2018 -

Yesterday sucked. The FCC majority are not our friends. It comes down to your community. It's time to stand and deliver.

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Public IT leaders worry that the end of net neutrality will harm their constituents, and are searching for solutions.

I explain Net neutrality for the non-techie non-wonk, with a real-world example.

FCC commissioners Pai, O’Rielly, Carr care less than a rat’s ass about consumers or small business given their actions, words, and deeds regarding the Net neutrality.

Republicans started Net neutrality in 2005 and for good cause.


Let me count the ways that consumers and businesses are screwed after most Internet rules, accountability and enforceability are gone.

Time to fast-track all broadband networks own by municipalities, co-ops, public private partnerships, and local private providers.

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Net Neutrality - know they enemy!!

The billboards display the lawmakers’ faces, with text criticizing them for their support of rolling back net neutrality measures alongside a message prompting viewers to call their offices.