Community Broadband: Regional Examples
Community inititatives that have implemented broadband. Many of these projects are
in rural areas, some are in remote areas. These examples show how it can be done.
Coast, BC, Canada
Just links for a work in progress. Contains information related to
the Sunshine Coast as well as references that apply to other
communities in British Columbia, Canada.
Broadband initiative for Highlands ( Jan 22, 2003 )
SIXTY years ago a campaign was launched to bring mains electricity to every household in the Highlands.
The costs were considered by some to be prohibitive, but the achievement helped turn around the prospects of the area.
A similar initiative has now been launched to try to provide 100 per cent coverage of broadband,
the latest communications technology, and ensure the area does not fall behind in technological advances.
Rural Community Networks - Growing Social Capital Via Interactive
Canadian Demonstration Projects
"Can the Internet be useful for rural and remote areas of developing countries,
especially the poverty-stricken regions? Can interactive technologies fit into
the fabric of sustainable community development via social entrepreneurship?
Can a virtuous cycle of appropriate technology, local knowledge capacities,
and revitalization of rural communities be stimulated? Is it possible to
interleave government information distribution along with participatory local
governance in an equitable manner? Are there models for leveraging localized
technology platforms for preserving indigenous knowledge and harnessing social capital?"
( reports from the IT 2002 Summit in Kathmandu )
As the reach of the Internet and wireless communication
technologies continues to expand at unprecedented rates around the
world, concerns are growing about ways and means of bringing rural
communities into the fold as well. A number of approaches have
emerged, such as building bridges via globally-dispersed online
communities, or via locally-based community networks.
By providing tools and local services that touch on education,
community service and business development, SMART CHOICES wants to
create an eCommunity that empowers residents to make informed
choices about their community. Smart Choices eCommunity will use
technology to bring together government, educational institutions,
community groups and businesses in delivering comprehensive local
services based on the needs of the citizen. Our community portal
or window, will focus on providing information and services to our
common customer, while at the same time respect each community
partner's political, social, economic, and cultural identity.
Community Broadband Solutions Group
Wicomm Inc. was founded in 1999 to offer services as a "carrier?s carrier" for the delivery of next-generation broadband wireless services to unserved and under-served communities across Canada. It began as a consortium of provincial utilities, a national railroad and a telecommunications carrier with a global fibre-optic network. These partners were assembled to provide Wicomm with access to existing fibre, microwave towers, co-location facilities and Right-of-Way. Our management and advisory team includes former Presidents and Vice-Presidents of companies such as Telus, MTS, and AT&T.
Crossing The Digital Divide
It took over a year, but the determined folk of Saint Pierre, led by the inter-community Rat River Communications Co-op, found a way to bridge the Divide using broadband fixed wireless technology. Today the town and its partners operate their own wireless ISP, using a Motorola Canopy fixed wireless access system to provide high-speed service to local businesses and residents.
DSL Growth in Japan Driven by VoIP (pdf)
Yahoo Japan reported a 67% increase in subscribers of their broadband service FOR THE QUARTER driven in part by the bundling of VoIP service at no additional charge with the DSL service..giving Yahoo a 30% market share for DSL in Japan.
The Ruby Ranch Internet Cooperative Association ("the Coop") is a
member-owned and operated provider of high-speed Internet
connectivity to homes in the Ruby Ranch neighborhood in Summit
Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to empower people to build
the infrastructure through which their data flows. By creating,
packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and
community support we are building city wide networks which are
open to, and maintained by, the public.
Mountain Open Network
will deliver a first class telecommunications infrastructure at
fair prices to every risident, educational institution, health
facility, business and community groups in the Columbia Basin
region of British Columbia. The CMON will enhance the quality of
life in the Columbia Basin by: fostering communication between
families, improving acess to services, increasing educational
opportunities for students and teachers, enhancing healthcare
services and increasing opportunities for business and economic
Revelstoke Fiber Optics Network Feasibility
pdf ( October 2001 )
At the outset of this study, there were many questions around
the technical and financial feasibility of a municipal fiber
optic network. Since then it has become apparent that fiber
optic equipment, Internet Protocal transport methods, and
public control of infrastructure are the choice that will
provide a 'future-proof', next-generation, upgradeable network
that can keep rural or low population areas competitive with
Prince Edward Island PEI Canada ( 2001 )
We are working on a project to bring fibre to every home, business
and organisation in the City of Summerside. This is a
collaborative, community-driven venture in economic development,
empowerment and local management and ownership of the
infrastructure which shapes the way we live and the things we can
"Our goal is to position Summerside as a technology leader, to
establish and promote Summerside as an integrated "Wired
Community" through the collaboration of various private and
public sector partners, business and education institutions, to
improve communication, increase interaction and explore new
business opportunities in the electronic age"
Directory Project: Municipal
Networks as Alternative to Commercial
Slashdot forum relative to a front page Wall
Street Journal article
( Aug 17, 2001 )
What's been people's experience with municipal broadband
networks? It seems like it's made people happy, and if the
internet is like a public utility and if companies are dragging
their feet about providing service, why shouldn't municipalities
take it upon themselves to deliver service for their
Columbia Basin Information Network; organizations acting together
to provide free, centralized, universal access to Basin
information for all Basin residents and organizations.
Community Fibre Networks Fast Facts. ( May 23 ,2001
Development of a high-speed optical network linking educational
institutions and medical research facilities to one another and
the global research community through partnership.
Communities of Eastern Ontario
Ontario will invest up to $50 million in broad-based partnership
initiatives that create a high tech network of 50 connected smart
communities across Ontario. Led by the Ministry of Energy, Science
and Technology, this includes assistance for the development of
infrastructure plans and the implementation of information and
service-based electronic infrastructure projects. A further
provincial investment of $32 million will make land-related
(geospatial) information available to and usable by connected
smart communities. This component of Connect Ontario, called
GeoSmart, is led by the Ministry of Natural Resources. GeoSmart
will integrate land- related data across the province and will
facilitate geospatial business applications required by most
communities and many large and small businesses.
100 Mbps fibre-network:
the Real Highspeed network we installed here in my neighbourhood
in Umea in Northern Sweden in March 2000. Remember:
Everything slower than 10 Mbps is just a toy!
Blacksburg Electronic Village includes a townwide all fibre
network. An outreach project of Virginia Tech, this site provides
a number of insightful and technical documents about the nature of
connected communities and the implications of bringing broadband
connectivity to households and businesses.
International Service Delivery Models
The National rural Telecommunications Cooperative supports more
than 1,000 rural utilites in delivering telecommunications and
information technology solutions to their communities.
Accelerating the Deployment of Manitoba's Broadband Network
Infrastructure White Paper ( July 6, 2000 )
The expectation of access to low-cost advanced broadband services
will soon rival the expectancies for telephone service to your
home or place of business. Learning institutions, health
facilities, research parks, recreational complexes, art galleries,
government, business and residential users are demanding higher
bandwidth connectivity in order to employ their applications of
Alternative telecom infrastructure. Stokab began rolling out an
optic fibre-network- and still is - in order to stimulate multiple
investments and to innovate new telecommunications services in the
Stockholm region. One strategic decision, passed when operations
begun, was that Stokab should only offer the market the
fibre-optic infrastructure, i.e. dark fibre, and leave the
services and new service developments to the telecommunications
companies. This decision has been of great importance to the
business and will constitute our guiding star in the years to
City of Palo Alto Utilities. With the Palo Alto fiber backbone,
the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is introducing a newconcept
in telecommunications. This extensive new fiber optic
infrastructure promises to add a new dimension to Palo Alto's
telecommunications marketplace in the form of an unprecedented
level of competition and direct fiber access available to
to home trial,
Case for Municipal Fibre:
White Paper ( August 15, 2000 )
Prairie Alberta: CyberCity
The initiative has three principal thrusts:
Cooperative deployment of shared high-speed equipment, systems
and software providing universal interactive access to data and
2. Generation of awareness throughout every segment of the
community concerning the opportunities and challenges of living
and competing in the Information Age, and
3. Assurance of affordable, managed, interoperable equipment
and network connections which are reliable, expandable and
Built in 1996, Harlan's telecommunications infrastructure
is known as a Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) system. It
consists of 9.3 miles of 60-strand fiber optic cable and 34 miles
of coaxial cable. Over 60 power supplies feed to the system and
provide backup power in case of an outage.
of Cary: Fibre Overlay Project:
September 3, 2001
Construct a fiber optic network to the curb along all of
Cary's 450 street miles. The network would contain numerous fibers
that could be leased on a long-term basis to companies providing
entertainment (cable TV), data/internet, and telephony services.
Having multiple service providers would bring competition to these
services and, thus, the lowest rates and highest level of services
to the people of Cary.
Feasibility of Establishing a Telecommunications Authority and
Related Matters Respecting Rights-of-Way Access and
( November 26, 1998 )
Council has directed the Chief Administrative Officer to
examine the feasibility of the City establishing a
telecommunications authority. In order to provide context, the use
of City rights-of-way and road allowances for telecommunications
infrastructure is reviewed and an overview of the legislative
environment for municipalities is provided. This report recommends
an approach for the City to deal with its operational matters in
the short-term while setting the stage for a strategic approach to
telecom network development. An initial focus on the City's own
rights-of-way uses for telecommunications purposes and responding
in a coordinated manner to external organizations is the
recommended starting point.
Broadband Deployment Database:
National Regulatory Research Institute USA
If you are involved in a project or community effort to deploy
broadband, please take a few moments to answer the questions
below. Your information will become a part of a nationwide
searchable database of community efforts. The last few
questions ask for details, insights, opinions and advice.
Communities across the nation are eager to learn what other
communities are doing - and this database will allow them to learn
from the experiences of others. The Joint Conference on
Advanced Services will also use the database to compile a
Community Guide, a resource for communities wishing to speed the
deployment of advanced telecommunications capabilities.