Garrett County, MD RFP for broadband network

garrett county broadband rfp

Garrett County, Maryland has issued a public tender for a broadband network. The deadline for responses is 13 January 2015 at 14:00 (local time). Below is a summary of the RFP which you can download from the Garrett County website (you have to register to download the document). I posted the RFP on Scribd so […]

Allegiance Communications gets $28.6 million broadband grant for fiber deployments

The NTIA has awarded a $28.6 million BTOP grant to Allegiance Communications to deploy a new fiber optic network over 680 miles in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The project intends to directly connect more than 70 community anchor institutions to the broadband network, including city halls, police stations, fire stations, libraries, schools, and a […]

City of St. Paul and Ramsey County, Minnesota issue RFP for fiber network

City of Saint Paul, Minnesota and Ramsey County have issued an RFP and are seeking to enter into a public-private patnership with a proposer who represents one or more qualified network service providers or other qualified respondents to support efforts to obtain funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), or other funding sources, […]

Eastern and Northern Europe driving broadband and FTTH growth

At the Broadband World Forum Europe held in Paris last week, several announcements revealed that Eastern European countries have been driving broadband growth in fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the building (FTTB) deployments. The FTTH Council Europe presented the results of a survey conducted by iDate on the progress of FTTH/FTTB in […]

The status of fiber to the home deployments in Spain

The deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) networks in Spain is quite disappointing due to the lack of investment in next generation networks (NGNs) by most network operators. The number of FTTH subscribers is limited because FTTH is just offered only by small operators or under field trial basis from national incumbents. The only widespread […]

ARCEP regulates fiber local loop to stimulate FTTH investment in France

Last week, Jean-Ludovic Silicani, the new president of ARCEP, held a press conference and announced several propositions to stimulate commercial investment in FTTH deployment in France. These propositions were put together after year of tense negotiations between ARCEP, the operators and local collectives. They will be issued for public consultation in July and are expected […]

Iliad-Free expects FTTH service to 70% of Paris by end of 2009

Iliad-Free, a large broadband provider in France, showed a 42 percent increase in Q1 2009 revenues compared to Q1 2008 (from €340 million to €482 million) and a net increase of 142,000 subscribers for its ADSL service (compare this number to Q1 2008 when it added 137,000 subscribers). Iliad-Free claims to have 4.34 million subscribers […]

Toronto Hydro sells telecom subsidiary for $200 million

Toronto Hydro, the public utility owned by the city of Toronto, has sold its telecom subsidiary, Toronto Hydro Telecom (THT), for $200 million to Cogeco Cable. Among the assets of THT are the municipal Wi-Fi network called OneZone and a 450-kilometer fiber optic network that connects 500 buldings in the city. The city plans to […]

Swedish firm makes a business out of net neutrality

Businessweek has an article about ViaEuropa, a Swedish company that manages the fiber networks of sixty Swedish cities, based on the open access model. The chairman of ViaEuropa is Jonas Birgersson, a flamboyant (by Swedish standards) entrepreneur, who in the late 1990s, started several companies including Bredbandbolaget (an Internet service provider) which he sold to […]

Guest commentary: How a Pennsylvania county paved the way to muni broadband success

In Pennsylvania, Cambria County trumped Verizon with the telco’s own rules to build a muni network that moves beyond public safety to impact education, economic development and digital inclusion. Planners of the 700 square mile Cambria County network, which is up and running, used the following strategy that you will see become the foundation for […]