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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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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Who Should Decide? States Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/decide-states-rights-local-authority-future-internet/

“(W)ithout power and independence, a town may contain good subjects, but it can have no active citizens.”  That was the conclusion of Alexis de Tocqueville after touring a youthful American Republic in the early 1830s, as recorded in his classic Democracy in America. Today we are engaged in a renewed debate about the authority of… 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 admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2014

Utopia at a Crossroads: Part 2

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-crossroads-part-2

This is the second of a three part series, in which we examine the current state of the UTOPIA network, how it got there, and the choices it faces going forward. Part I can be read here and Part III here. With the status quo untenable, no easy exit strategy, and political opposition mounting, UTOPIA appeared besieged… 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

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

New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amendments-erode-munis-do/

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on Tuesday or Wednesday. We anticipate the amendments to have wording that either restricts the FCC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/californias-pace-program-solve-fanniefreddie-problem/

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property. It’s a great concept, but evidence from on of California’s best property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs suggests the reserve… Continue reading

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

Holly Springs Finds Savings with Muni Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 107

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/holly-springs-finds-savings-muni-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-107

Holly Springs, a town of about 25,000 in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has built its own network to connect community anchor institutions and has an interest in using it to spur economic development and other community benefits but a 2011 law pushed by Time Warner Cable makes some of that more difficult. City… Continue reading