Community Broadband Networks 
Recent Blog Headlines
About Al Bonnyman
"What's this blog thing about, anyway?"
Partial list: power utilities with fiber

Sponsored by:
Fiber Planners Inc.
Designers of fiber networks for electric utilities and communities.

News and comments on community broadband networks, the communities deploying them and the technologies that support them. Published by Denise Frey and Al Bonnyman.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to Community Broadband Networks:

powered by Bloglet
If the subscription form returns an error, send an e-mail to

Index of 2100 previous posts since March 2003

  Search help

Send news updates and feedback to:
Al Bonnyman

Sponsored by:

Fiber Planners logo

Some of the topics we cover:

  • ADSS cable technology
  • OPGW cable technology
  • Fiber to the home
  • Powerline broadband
  • Fixed wireless broadband
  • Other power utility telecom topics
  • Innovative fiber deployment technologies

Recent headlines:

Links to other blogs and free-form news sites:

Other links:

Note: comments posted are strictly the opinion of the poster and not necessarily those of Fiber Planners Inc. or any other posters.


Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Pennsylvania: Municipal broadband not quite banned, but threatened

Pennsylvania lawmakers had until December 31 to agree on a new telecommunications regulatory scheme before the existing law died. Prior to the end of the year, the House overwhelmingly passed HB-30 but the Senate did not act on it before year end. HB-30 was strongly influenced and supported by Verizon and opposed by competitive providers and consumer advocates. Municipal broadband networks were not prohibited in the last version -- municipalities were given the option of building them if they first got the local telephone company's permission.

The Senate resumes its session later this month.

Karl Bode has done a good job of following this mess -- here are some of his articles from 2003 (from oldest to newest):

"State of Confusion"

"Bells Winning PA Debate"

"PA Telco Wishlist Passes House"

The text of all the competing bills can be found at the Chapter 30 resource center.

Square in the sights of Verizon and its allies is the Borough of Chambersburg, which has previously expressed interest in offering broadband connections locally. As it stands now, Chambersburg officials are left petitioning the state this month for help in getting broadband connections for their economic development projects.


Add email subscriptions to your blog with Bloglet! Weblog Commenting by Listed on Blogwise
The Octopus Files
My Popdex Game Profile
Technorati Profile Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

This page is powered by Blogger.