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Archive for January, 2016

  • NCC Mayors Advocate For Local Choice in Denver Post Op-Ed

    Friday, January 15, 2016

    In the Denver Post today, Colorado mayors Karen Sheek of Cortez, David Romero of Montrose, and Dennis Coombs of Longmont wrote an opinion piece about the opportunities that many more communities in the state now have to drive forward next-generation broadband after they voted in November to overturn a restrictive state law. The mayors, all part of Next Century Cities, also advocated for the Colorado state legislature to repeal the outdated state legislation and give all Colorado communities local control over their broadband decisions.

    As the mayors and co-signer Tom Roiniotis, General Manager of Longmont Power and Communications, wrote: “Last year, voters in nearly 50 communities across Colorado faced a simple question: Should local residents shape the future of broadband access for their schools, businesses and homes? In every one of these communities, the people answered with a resounding ‘yes’ … Voters have recognized an important 21st century reality: high-quality Internet access is just as essential to thriving communities now as electricity was to thriving communities 100 years ago.”

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  • “One Touch” Make-Ready Policies: The “Dig Once” of Pole Attachments

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    “Dig once” policies, which mandate laying conduit and/or fiber optic cables when undertaking capital projects such as road construction, have been hailed as no-brainer actions that could decrease the cost of broadband while increasing the speed of deployment. This idea has strong bipartisan support in Congress and at the White House and has been praised by the American Cable Association and the Fiber To The Home (FTTH) Council. Next Century Cities cited dig once as one of our policy recommendations for local governments in our 2015 Policy Agenda.

    But while dig once has received a lot of press, there’s another, less prominent measure that municipal leaders can consider to increase connectivity: “one touch” make-ready (OTMR) policies for pole attachments.

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