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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

Next Century Cities – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 121

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/next-century-cities-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-121

This week, we helped to launch Next Century Cities, a collaborative effort of local governments that are making smart investments and partnerships to ensure their communities have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access. Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, coming to it from a nonprofit organization she developed in Boston called… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/value-of-solar-use-it/

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers,… Continue reading

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Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-pharmacy-ownership-law/

On November 4th, North Dakota voters will decide whether to overturn a  long-standing, and forward-thinking, state law that mandates that only a licensed pharmacist may own and operate a pharmacy in the state.  Enacted in 1963, the goal of the Pharmacy Ownership Law is to ensure that the state’s pharmacies are run by people whose first… Continue reading

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

Westminster Commences Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-commences-fiber-deployment

Westminster’s open access fiber optic project is now officially in construction, after a groundbreaking ceremony on October 16th at a local deli in the Airport Business Park. Dr. Robert Wack, spearheading the initiative in Maryland, told the Chamber of Commerce: “The Air Business Park is the ideal location for our groundbreaking since this is our… Continue reading

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

Longmont Schools Save, Increase Bandwidth With Help from LPC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-schools-save-increase-bandwidth-help-lpc

Schools in Longmont recently began working with Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) to increase bandwidth, save money, and begin implementing a new technology plan. As part of the plan, every middle school student in Longmont was assigned an iPad mini this school year. Jon Rice from the Longmont Compass alerted us to the program that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2014

2 Charts Show Solar’s Jump to Top Spot for New U.S. Power Generation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/2-charts-show-solars-jump-top-spot-u-s-power-generation/

Want proof that distributed solar is rapidly growing?  Look no further than these two charts, showing how solar provided over a quarter of new power plant capacity in 2013 (6% from residential solar alone!) and 43% in the first half of this year! This article originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely updates, follow John Farrell on… Continue reading

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California Law Offers New Way to Finance Broadband Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/california-law-offers-new-way-finance-broadband-projects

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that may make building community networks in his state just a bit easier. The memorably-named “Assembly Bill No. 2292” allows broadband projects to be included among the types of public works that can be financed using Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs). IFDs are entities… Continue reading

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

Crawfordsville Municipal Network Purchased by Metronet in Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawfordsville-municipal-network-purchased-metronet-indiana

Our Community Broadband Map documents over 400 communities where publicly owned infrastructure serves residents, business, or government facilities. We rarely hear of publicly owned systems sold to private providers, but it does happen once in a blue moon. Accelplus, the fiber optic FTTH network deployed by Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) in Indiana was… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/correcting-community-fiber-fallacies-attacks-lus-fiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by Steven… Continue reading

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Rural Cooperative Launches Educational Network in Northern Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-northern-georgia

There was some good news at the end of August in Georgia, just in time for the new school year: a fiber optic network spanning 3,600 miles and potentially tying together up to 330 schools with 10 gigabit connections was announced. Dubbed the “Education Exchange,” the network is the product of an agreement between the… Continue reading