Gotta get a gig? Crowdfund your broadband network

From Gigabit Envy to Gigabit DeployedKickstarter has made quite a name for itself turning the business of fundraising on its ear. And made a lot of money as well for various projects — $119 million in its third year that ended in April of 2012. A Kansas City, Mo. company expects to similarly turn the process of raising funds for broadband projects on its ear with a civic approach to crowdfunding.

On Wednesday the Fiber to the Home Council and Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) kicked off their conference. “From Gigabit Envy to Gigabit Deployed.” Broadband stakeholders from across the U.S. have gathered to tackle the question “how do we get better broadband to our communities?” Paying for this infrastructure is a burning issue for many, and quite a few are receptive to new approaches.

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