Broadband

The Open Door Networks Story

October 5, 2021

By Alan Oppenheimer I left Apple in late 1994 to move to Ashland and start an Internet provider (ISP). I had worked on dial-up networking at Apple, and the Internet was just starting, so a dial-up Internet company for Macs seemed like a good idea. I started Open Door Networks here at the same time as some SOU…

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Building Broadband Action Teams 
in Rural Communities

October 5, 2021

Broadband is a foundational tool for rural communities to ensure their residents are able to participate in economic and workforce opportunities, telehealth, distance learning, and to help overcome social isolation.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, rural communities have been rapidly challenged to rapidly connect their residents with broadband services. While programs through schools and other public…

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Connecting Oregon

October 5, 2021

By Chris Tamarin The Oregon Connections Telecommunications conference is in its twenty-fifth year.  It is a conference that was ahead of its time in recognizing the essential nature of state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure to Oregon. Over this span of time, the internet has emerged as the global platform for communication, business, government, education, healthcare, energy management,…

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What is Broadband?

October 5, 2021

Broadband is a general term used to represent a wide range of telecommunications technologies and services, which utilize a faster data transmission rate than that available over the standard voice grade telephone line, which is 56 Kbps and usually less.  Broadband is also widely referred to as “high-speed” Internet access service.  Until 2008, the FCC’s…

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Broadband in Oregon
 : A Report of the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council

October 5, 2021

The Oregon Broadband Advisory Council publishes a report on the state of Broadband in Oregon every two years. This is the executive summary from the 180 page report (link at end) published at the end of 2020.  This is the sixth report of the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council (OBAC) to the Legislative Assembly on the…

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Oregon Connections
 : 25 years of pushing Oregon Broadband Adoption Forward

October 5, 2021

The Oregon Connections conference has been an important event held throughout the state for 25 years celebrating and inspiring the rapid adoption and upgrading of internet services throughout the state.  Oregon Connections was started in 1996 by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, under the leadership of Andrew Spreadborough. Throughout the conferences history it has been…

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Southern Oregon communities receive Fiber to the Home as Hunter Communications continues investment in Southern Oregon, including rebuilding Phoenix and Talent

October 5, 2021

It has been nearly 18 months since Hunter Communications was acquired by Grain Management, a private equity firm. Since that time, Hunter has rolled out Fiber to the Home, providing the fastest residential internet in Southern Oregon.  They have earned industry awards for their speeds, won several large contracts to build to unserved communities, increased…

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PEAK Internet closes digital divide for rural customers

October 5, 2021

The way we use the internet has drastically changed as we navigate the pandemic. All areas of our lives from education to mental health, banking to the arts depend on fast, reliable internet more than ever before.  PEAK Internet recognized these new needs. More student households were distance learning than ever before, and rural counties…

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Oregon Connections Conference – Ashland – October 28-29, 2021

August 3, 2021

2021 Conference – Website : https://www.oregonconnections.info/ The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about telecommunications. The theme for this year is Oregon Connections: Onward!. The 2021 conference presenters and attendees will look forward as we begin to move beyond a disruptive pandemic. Topics include…

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Fiber Optic Internet : A Conduit for Economic Transformation

March 6, 2021

By Bruce Arnold Who Will Stay? That’s a common refrain when parents, educators, employers and regional officials discuss the future of young people growing up in Southern Oregon.  Increasingly, rural areas are losing young, talented people in search of opportunity and better employment prospects. The current reality is that 55 percent of the U.S. population…

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Douglas Services Inc. (D/b/a Douglas Fast Net), to Acquire Comspan Communications, Inc.

August 6, 2020

Combined Fiber-Optic Network in Douglas & Coos Counties will Remain under Local Ownership ROSEBURG, Ore., July 20, 2020 (Newswire.com) – On July 1, 2020, Comspan Communications, Inc. (“Comspan”) notified the Oregon Public Utilities Commission of its intent to merge its operations into Douglas Fast Net (“DFN”). The transaction is expected to be completed on Sept. 30, 2020.…

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Restoring Service After The Storm

February 27, 2020

Remembering Douglas County’s Snowmageddon – 1 year later By Jim Teece On February 24th, 2019, a snowstorm started around 1:30 pm. Keith Brooks had some texts with Phil Bigler, his Assistant General Manager and right-hand man. Keith sent some concern about the storm and Phil replied with some reassuring texts about the temperature being too…

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