Category «Research»

The City as your ISP

Note: to clarify, if the City builds a municipal network, you will not be required to join it. If you are happy with Comcast or wireless ISPs locally, you can keep them. In our last post, we looked at the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model for municipal networks. With this model, potentially any Internet …

Pros and cons of fiber to the home

While our coalition wants the city to create a municipal network, we also see our role as part educational. That’s because some of us work in the IT industry. In this post we look at the pros and cons of fiber to the home (FTTH). Fiber means an optical glass cable. Signals are transmitted using …

Funding a municipal network

Our coalition has been looking at funding models for a Northampton municipal network. The Ammon, Idaho funding model One intriguing idea is being used in Ammon, Idaho. Its municipal network has its monthly fee broken down into three costs: Maintenance and operations. This is the cost to maintain the network. This is currently $16.50 per …

This small business could use fiber to the home

One of us, Mark Hamill, owns a small business in Florence selling his internet services to clients over the web. Today he encountered an instance where Comcast’s slow upload speeds really slowed him down. Mark pays for Comcast’s “up to” 250 megabits per seconds (mbps) download internet service. The upload speed is much slower than …