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The first Ting Makerspace is live in Westminster, MD

We’re pleased to announce that our first makerspace is live in Ting town, Westminster, MD! The workshop will be open and available to the public this fall. Updates to come.

We’ll be bringing this innovative community resource to each Ting Internet town that doesn’t already have a makerspace. We’ll provide access to amazing tech tools like a 3D printer, CNC router, Arduino boards — everything one might need to experiment with a computer or electronics project, including crazy fast fiber Internet.

Check out the video of our grand opening to learn more about the technology we’ll be using and see some of the tools in action.

Ask an Exec: How can a town make itself more attractive to a fiber ISP?

Fiber infrastructure is the new major highway project, connecting smaller cities and towns to the world and leveling the playing field. Stands to reason, cities and towns across the US want it.

So, how does a town make itself more attractive to a fiber Internet provider like Ting or Google Fiber? Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, has a few ideas to share. For starters, towns need to know their municipal assets and access policies. Towns should also be coming to the discussion with the sense that crazy fast fiber Internet is a thing they need in order to keep pace; Ting doesn’t want to spend a lot of time convincing people that symmetrical gigabit Internet is important infrastructure.

Ask an Exec: Why does Ting Internet require $9 to pre-order?

In a Ting Internet town, we use pre-orders to gauge demand and guide the network build. So, why does Ting Internet require $9 to place a pre-order? Why not just take an email address or some other expression of interest and call it good?

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, can speak to that. Essentially, we’re using the $9 pre-orders to measure real intention, which helps us plan where to begin building the network by identifying areas with the most interest. This blog post takes a slightly deeper dive into the subject.

Ask an Exec: Where do you find efficiencies between towns?

When you’re laying and lighting geographically separated fiber networks, you learn a thing or two along the way.

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains when one-size-fits-all is the right approach and when hyper-local is the best way to go.

Ask an Exec: Does Ting prefer to own the network or light the network?

Should a city or town own the fiber networks? Or should they look to the private sector to bring better Internet to its people?

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains that, while a town should probably want to own the infrastructure, it’s just not feasible for some places to make it happen.

Ask an Exec: Does building fiber Internet in a small town like Sandpoint make sense?

By population, Sandpoint, ID and the Greater Sandpoint Area make for the smallest potential Ting town that we’ve considered.

So, how does Ting’s strategy of bringing fiber Internet to smaller towns like Sandpoint, ID make fiscal sense? Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains.