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

Long List of Public Interest Groups Sign on to Free Press Letter Opposing Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/long-list-public-interest-groups-sign-free-press-letter-opposing-comcast-time-warner-cable

The Free Press announced that more than 50 public interest groups, including the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, signed on to its letter in opposition to the Time Warner/Comcast merger. The letter, addressed and delivered to Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, begins: The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would give one company… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2014

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-times-covers-fiber-and-economic-development

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. Murphy acknowledged that successful companies are moving from major metropolitan areas to less populated communities… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2014

The Power of the Collective Energy Purchasing – Episode 20 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/power-of-collective-energy-purchasing-episode-20-local-energy-rules/

“We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most… Continue reading

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

Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/voters-approve-local-telecommunications-authority-montrose-colorado

By a 3,982 in favor and 1,397 opposed, the voters in Montrose decided on April 1st to take back local authority for telecommunications services. The state revoked the community’s ability to establish a telecommunications utility in 2005.  Jim Branscome covered the election results in the Daily Yonder. Branscome, a resident of Montrose, knows the local… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

DSL Described as “Obsolete” by the American Enterprise Institute

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dsl-described-as-obsolete/

“The vast majority of Europeans still only have DSL service available, which we in the United States consider really almost an obsolete technology now.” – Jeffrey Eisenbach, Director of the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute. For the second time this year, one of the major defenders of the cable and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

Understanding the Small Business Credit Crunch

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/understanding-small-business-credit-crunch/

Even as their big competitors are awash in capital, many locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow. A new ILSR analysis has found that, since 2000, bank lending to large businesses is up 36 percent, while small business loan volume has fallen 14 percent and “micro” business loans — those under $100,000 — have plummeted 33 percent. To shed light on this problem and help inform policy discussions, ILSR has published an overview of the small business lending landscape. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Advice for Starting a Community Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #94

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/advice-starting-community-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-94

The Community Broadband Bits podcast this week focuses on what people can do to start building a grassroots effort for a network in their community. John St Julien of Lafayette, Louisiana, returns to the show to discuss what they did and ideas for others to follow. John was last on the show for episode 19,… Continue reading

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

Crain’s New York Business: New York City Conduit Jam Packed

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Crain’s New York Business recently published an article on the crowded conduit under New York City. The article complements the April 7 edition of This Week in Crain’s New York podcast, hosted by Don Mathisen. Empire City Subway (ECS), the crumbling subterranean network of conduit for telephone wires constructed in 1888, is so crowded underground… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2014

Diffraction Analysis Offers Free Webinar on FTTH, April 15th, 11 a.m. Central

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On April 15th, Benoit Felten and his organization, Diffraction Analysis, will host a free webinar to discuss results from their latest study. The study, Why Consumers Love FTTH – The FTTH Consumer Experience Study, delves into the fiber experience in Sweden. Here are some preliminary findings from the report: In Sweden a huge majority FTTH… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2014

Diffraction Analysis Offers Free Webinar on FTTH, April 15th, 11 a.m. Central

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/diffraction-analysis-offers-free-webinar-ftth-april-15th-11-am-central

On April 15th, Benoit Felten and his organization, Diffraction Analysis, will host a free webinar to discuss results from their latest study. The study, Why Consumers Love FTTH – The FTTH Consumer Experience Study, delves into the fiber experience in Sweden. Here are some preliminary findings from the report: In Sweden a huge majority FTTH… Continue reading