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2017 Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, TX

The Utility LINE team (AKA New Light Technologies), will be exhibiting, conducting a workshop (DIY Fiber Mapping and Estimating) and introducing the Utility LINE application at this years Broadband Communities Summit. We look forward to seeing old friends and new at next weeks Broadband Communities Summit.  The Dallas, TX conference is held May 1st-4th, 2017.  This is […]

3 New Open Positions

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Geophysical Modeling is Universal

By: Madeline Jones Geophysicist & Geospatial Analyst Numerical models are based on the fundamental laws of science which are universal and applicable to many fields, especially geophysics. As a geophysicist interested in predictive applications of near-surface geohazard modeling, I am familiar with solving problems using equations that govern the way waves move through a […]

DIY Fiber Route Estimating

Broadband Communities Magazine published my article “DIY Fiber Estimating” in the November/December 2016 issue.  This article breaks down a variety of methods for producing cost estimates for fiber routes.  The goal of the article is to help community broadband providers streamline the fiber mapping and estimating process, shorten their vetting process, standardizes the sales cycle and reduce the […]

Rochester Schools Have a Plan

We talk a lot about rural broadband gaps and efforts to deliver service in the country, but it’s rare that we discuss some of the issues in more urban areas… long story short… it’s an issue and Rochester is one of may cities trying to do something about it. Rochester, NY is currently developing a […]

Albuquerque’s Economic Backbone

Albuquerque is currently investing in a rapid transit system that will connect its innovation district with the University of New Mexico… oh, and all of the businesses along the Central Avenue corridor.  The best part of this… they’re putting in fiber network that will connect the major hub networks and the rest of the city […]

The Politics of Broadband

The most recent U.S. election has, in many ways, refocused attention on rural America.  There have been numerous analyses by a diverse number of media and research outfits that all point back to a struggling rural America fighting to be heard by national (and sometimes state) politicians.  We’ve seen this struggle on a regular basis […]

Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday

For a long time we, the American consumer, have been accustomed to packing up the family and heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving in order to take advantage of the massive sales that kick off the December holiday season.  So much so, that retailers started calling that particular Friday Black Friday because it […]

Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving… a traditional holiday in the United States involving the gathering of friends and family, and the ceremonial roasting/frying of a large turkey; once described by Benjamin Franklin as “a Bird of Courage, [which] would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard […]

Election Day in Colorado: Voters Choose Local Control

In so many places across the country, the recent election highlighted differences, however, residents in rural Colorado overwhelmingly voted to opt out of SB 152, the senate bill placing restrictions on local government control of high speed internet, an inspiring show of unity and determination to control their own economy and future. While the SB 152 may […]

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Plainville Light Posts Shedding Some Light on Connectivity

Don’t you love it when your worlds collide? The other morning I was reading the local newspaper (yes, I still receive and read a hardcopy of the newspaper) and I came across an interesting story about street light Wi-Fi in Plainville, Connecticut. Just a few towns over from myself a municipality is tackling the issue of […]

A (maybe not so) Strange Marriage

It’s rare that my two worlds (energy efficiency and community broadband) collide, but at an energy conference in October, I heard the strangest thing… the Wisconsin Public Service Commission is considering using some of the surplus efficiency funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.  My broadband advocate self started cheering, while my efficiency self […]

Wilson Fights For Its Neighbors

A few weeks back I wrote about how the Sixth Circuit Court Ruling forced Wilson, North Carolina’s municipal broadband service, Greenlight, to discontinue its service to customers outside of the municipality, like Pinetops, in order to comply with state law. The decision meant the 1,300 residents of Pinetops would lose all access to the internet. […]

Ammon, Idaho: Small Town, Big Ideas

Ammon, Idaho’s town motto, “small town, big life“, accurately describes the town outside of Idaho Falls in more ways than one. Established in 1905, Ammon has been “building a strong community with active families, thriving businesses, and cutting-edge technology”, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho. In order to sustain “big life” in a small town connectivity is key. […]

NLT Sponsors Annual Hazus Conference

New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT) along with 8 other sponsors is one of the Gold Sponsors for the 9th Annual Hazus Conference being held this week in Charleston, SC.  Hazus is a leading platform for providing risk-assessments for earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.  This years theme is focused on “Achieving Disaster Resilience through Hazus Innovation.” […]

Smart Rural Communities Raise the Bar

According to Community Broadband Networks‘s website October is National Cooperative Month– a month dedicated to the celebration of  the work done by cooperatives to bring rural communities high quality internet access! In honor of this month-long occasion I took a look at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). It is often better known as The Rural Broadband Association and […]

To Paraphrase: The Good, The Bad, and The Knockout

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a report earlier this month on the North Carolina State Broadband Plan released in June.  Authored by H.R. Trostle and Christopher Mitchell, the report is very critical of the NC plan, which emphasizes public-private partnerships over local development and ownership of broadband networks. Trostle and Mitchell did not pull […]

Understanding Gigabit Internet

Four cities in Westchester County of New York are pursuing “gigabit Internet.” Yonkers, Mount Vernon, White Plains, and New Rochelle are all actively seeking proposals for the installation of the service to be implemented in the next three to five years. Google Fiber is one of the more well-known gigabit providers offering service in 23 […]

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