Hunter Gets Bought, and a New CEO, Wins Awards and Launches Fiber to the Home in Medford. All since April.

August 31, 2020

by Jim Teece Via Press Releases and an Interview Big things are happening at Hunter Communications (Medford, Jackson County) during the Pandemic.  They were purchased by Grain. They hired a new CEO. They received an award for the fastest internet in Oregon They are going to roll out affordable and fast…

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Hunter Communications Named Oregon’s Fastest Business Internet

August 26, 2020

MEDFORD, OR, August 26, 2020 — Hunter Communications (Hunter), the premier fiber-optic communications services provider in southern Oregon and northern California, was recognized by BroadbandNow with four 2020 Internet Service Provider Awards, including for fastest business internet speeds in Oregon and among the top 10 nationwide. BroadbandNow, an organization that tracks and analyzes broadband speeds and…

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Kansas City’s Fateful Suburban Experiment

June 1, 2020

By Daniel Herriges We are living in the aftermath of an unprecedented experiment in how we build and inhabit cities. Most people alive in the United States today have only ever known post-World War II development patterns. Most of us have never experienced an era without commuter suburbs outside major…

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In Defense of Dumb Cities

February 2, 2020

By Michael McGinn It is a recurring trend, occasionally rising to craze, to imagine that cities will be transformed by technology into entirely different places. Seattle has been participating since its world fair in 1962 (monorails and jetpacks anyone?) and most recently with a tech advisory board to tap into…

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Unintended Consequences: How Amazon is disrupting Telephone Poles

January 1, 2020

By Mark Schaefer This week the New York Times did a long, investigative report on how Amazon has weaved its way into nearly every aspect of life in the city of Baltimore — government, education, politics, economics, and employment, to name a few. The city is mostly positive about its…

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Port Completes Phase I of the Tunnel Rehabilitation Project

October 21, 2019

Coos Bay, OR – In May 2018, the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) started construction on a tunnel rehabilitation project. This tunnel rehabilitation project is a significant capital improvement project for the nine tunnels along the Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL). The project will extend the lifespan of the…

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Portland’s Climate Fail: More Driving

October 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright  Carbon emissions from transportation in Portland increased 6 percent last year In the one are where city policy can make the most difference, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing Portland has long prided itself in being one of the first cities in the US to adopt a legislated…

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The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is coming to Ashland – Oct. 24-25

August 30, 2019

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. In its twenty-fourth year, the conference will be exploring Smart Communities: strategies, applications, enabling technologies and Oregon initiatives. Oregon Connections is a grass roots conference first held in Bend and hosted…

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Grain Management to Acquire Fiber Connectivity Provider, Hunter Communications

August 23, 2019

MEDFORD, OR — Grain Management, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm focused on the global communications sector, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Hunter Communications. As owner and operator of one of the largest private fiber optic networks in Oregon, Hunter provides high bandwidth data and voice service…

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Port Repairs and Rehabilitates 37 Timber Bridges Along the Coos Bay Rail Line

July 1, 2019

FIONA BAI The Coos Bay Rail Line (CBRL) has concluded repair and rehabilitation work on 37 timber bridge structures along the CBRL. The rail line is owned and operated by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port). The Port contracted with Scott Partney Construction to complete work on the…

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Are Rural Communities Being Ignored?

June 1, 2019

By: Apollo Fuhriman, Region 10 AdvocateIn April, I met with county council members from Union and Wallowa Counties in Northeast Oregon. These elected officials described several significant long-term issues arising from federally owned lands. Approximately half of the land in these counties is controlled by the federal government, so timely…

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Exit, Hope and Loyalty: The fate of neighborhoods

June 1, 2019

By Joe Cortright How neighborhood stability hinges on expectations: If people don’t believe things are going to get better, many will leave One of the most perplexing urban problems is neighborhood decline. Once healthy, middle-class or working class-places seem to gradually (and then abruptly) fall from grace. As we documented…

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