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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks' impact on life at the local level. Lisa has worked in politics, education, and as a freelance journalist. In addition to her contributions at ILSR.org, Lisa writes for MuniNetworks.org and produces the Broadband Bits podcast. More

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

Chattanooga and Wilson Comment Period Open; Tell the FCC You Support Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-and-wilson-comment-period-open-tell-fcc-you-support-local-authority

Last week, the communities of Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, filed petitions with the FCC. Both communities requested that the agency remove state barriers preventing expansion beyond their current service areas. On July 28, the FCC established a public comment calendar for the request. It is imperative that all those with an interest in better… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Minnesota’s Lake County Fiber Network Begins Connecting Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesotas-lake-county-fiber-network-begins-connecting-customers

The Lake County fiber network is now serving a limited number of customers in northern Minnesota. According to the Lake County News Chronicle, the network’s triple-play services are lit and bringing better connectivity to Silver Bay and Two Harbors. About 100 customers in Silver Bay take service via the network; beta testers in Two Harbors… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

North Carolina Town Saves Public Dollars With Its Own Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/north-carolina-town-saves-public-dollars-its-own-network

On June 18 Holly Springs, home to approximately 25,000 people, started saving money with its new fiber I-Net. Last summer, the Town Council voted to invest in fiber infrastructure as a way to take control of telecommunications costs. Just one year later, the 13-mile network is serving community anchor institutions. After exploring options with CTC Technology… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Spencer Municipal Utilities Expands Upgrade to Fiber in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spencer-municipal-utilities-expands-upgrade-fiber-iowa

Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) in Iowa is expanding an upgrade project to bring fiber to approximately 2,000 additional premises. A little over a year ago, we reported on the switch from coax cable to fiber for 700 municipal network customers with no rate increase. According to the Spencer Daily Reporter, the original project is almost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Gigabit Network Expansion Moves Forward in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-network-expansion-moves-forward-longmont-colorado

Construction on Longmont’s fiber expansion will begin by August 13th, reports the Times-Call. TCS Communications of Englewood, Colorado recently signed an agreement with Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to deploy the gigabit network for $20,095,022. Completion is scheduled for 2017. A July 14th article on the project noted that LPC and TCS will complete construction… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Hudson Issues RFP for Broadband Needs Assessment, Business Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hudson-issues-rfp-broadband-needs-assessment-business-plan

Hudson, Ohio, located in the Akron area, recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a Broadband Needs Assessment and Broadband Business Plan. The community of 22,000 hopes to connect all municipal facilities, connect business parks, and eventually implement an FTTH network. A May 4 Hub Times article covered an April city council discussion to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2014

Fibrant Signs Up 3,000th Customer, Increases Top Speed to Gig With No Rate Hike

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fibrant-signs-3000th-customer-increases-top-speed-gig-no-rate-hike

Salisbury’s Fibrant network recently signed on its 3,000th customer, reports WCNC from Charlotte. The publicly owned network also recently increased speeds for residential customers with no price hikes, reports BBP Mag. Households that were signed up for symmetrical 100 Mbps service for $105 per month will now have gigabit service for the same rate. BBP… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Vote Expected Today on Blackburn Amendment Targeting Munis; Call D.C. Now!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vote-expected-today-blackburn-amendment-targeting-munis-call-dc-now

Last night, GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, introduced an amendment intended to destroy local authority for telecommunications investment by severely limiting FCC funding. The amendment, introduced during debate on H.R. 5016, targets 20 states, many with state-erected barriers already in place and/or municipal networks already serving local communities. The vote was postponed but is expected today… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Davenport, Iowa, Releases RFP for Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/davenport-iowa-releases-rfp-feasibility-study

Davenport recently issued an RFP, hoping to hire a vendor to complete a feasibility study. The community wants to learn more about connectivity options that build on its current fiber assets. According to a May 2014 Government Technology article by Colin Wood, the city has installed fiber throughout the community over the past decade. CIO… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-coalition-opposes-anti-muni-dc-legislation-time-call-your-rep

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the House. As we reported yesterday, it is imperative that concerned constituents speak out against two… Continue reading