Photo album: fiber optic open house

It was a full house for last night’s Fiber Optic Feasibility Study open house at Northfield City Hall. Melissa Reeder, IT director for the City of Northfield, hosted the meeting, with the presentation by Doug Dawson, the fiber feasibility consultant from CCG Consulting. See Melissa’s comments on the meeting. I’ve closed comments on this blog … Continue reading Photo album: fiber optic open house

Podcast: Melissa Reeder on city-wide fiber optic feasibility, Nov. 6 open house

We spent the first half of this week’s show discussing the flood of charges from area prosecutors aimed at 1) a group of eight alleged heroin dealers; 2) Mayor Lee Lansing, and 3) Victor Summa. The rest of the show was devoted to the upcoming Fiber Optic Feasibility Study and the City’s Nov. 6 open … Continue reading Podcast: Melissa Reeder on city-wide fiber optic feasibility, Nov. 6 open house

Should Fiber Optic Network be Public Infrastructure?

In today’s Star Tribune, there is an article about the City of Monticello’s efforts to make itself one of the most wired communities in the country. Apparently, the effort has been complicated by a lawsuit. According to the city’s attorney, when Monticello asked TDS Telecom to provide fiber-optic connections to every home and business in … Continue reading Should Fiber Optic Network be Public Infrastructure?

Fiber in our economic diet: after two years, it’s getting closer

We started yammering about the need for Northfield to belly up to the fiber optic bar back in April of 2006 on podcast #15. Since then, we’ve blogged it many times (do a LoGroNo fiber search), often in frustration. But now, the City of Northfield has issued an Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Fiber … Continue reading Fiber in our economic diet: after two years, it’s getting closer

‘Fiber to the home’ comes to rural Rice County. Whither the City’s open network feasibility study?

My buddy Curt Benson, owner of Fab Lab, is among the lucky people who now have FTTH/FTTP: communications fiber to the home/premises. He sent me this picture of an installer named Charlie from Jaguar Communications wiring up his no longer ‘secret underground bunker’ last week at his house on Circle Lake. He’s getting the whole … Continue reading ‘Fiber to the home’ comes to rural Rice County. Whither the City’s open network feasibility study?

Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) comes to Dundas; whither Northfield?

I’ve noticed crews installing fiber in various parts of southern Northfield the past couple of weeks. I look this photo last week near the Community Resources Bank on Jefferson Road. And then this article appeared in yesterday’s Northfield News: New fiber optic cable will be rolled out in Dundas. Jaguar Communications is the company installing … Continue reading Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) comes to Dundas; whither Northfield?

FiberOptic Task Force Working on Grant Application

Yesterday the EDA/City Fiberoptic Task Force met to plan their application for a technology grant from the Blandin Foundation. At the last City Council meeting, the council OK'd matching funds if the City is awarded the grant. The grant's purpose is to fund feasibility studies for deploying open networks (defined as those which "enable multiple, … Continue reading FiberOptic Task Force Working on Grant Application

Fiber to the library ready; fiber to homes coming; fiber website needed

I saw this utility tent across from the library last week and opened the flap. Inside was Steve Poole, one of the employees of the the St. Olaf Telephone Company. (Photo is hazy because I took it through a screened window.) Steve was working on the colleges’ fiber optic cable that runs right down Washington … Continue reading Fiber to the library ready; fiber to homes coming; fiber website needed

Will comp plan address lack of fiber in Northfield’s economic diet?

I saw this article in the Sunday Strib: In a hurry for ultrafast Internet: Eagan sees radically accelerated access speeds as an economic development tool, and it’s looking for a company willing to provide it. And this quote: We want to future-proof the city so economic development can continue 20 years down the road,” said … Continue reading Will comp plan address lack of fiber in Northfield’s economic diet?