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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2012

Wired West Launches Pre-Subscription Cards

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-west-launches-pre-subscription-cards

Wired West, an initiative in rural western Massachusetts to build a modern network in a broadband desert, has launched a pre-subscription campaign to demonstrate local demand for broadband service and support for the project. The online form is available here. The official WiredWest Communications Cooperative Corporation is just now celebrating its first anniversary, noting that… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2012

For Quality Customer Service Go to Government, Not Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/quality-customer-service-government-business/

In 2012 we accept as received wisdom that government is unresponsive while a competitive marketplace forces private business to offer quality customer service.  So when Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced his warmly received bill, The Government Customer Service Improvement Act, we considered his announcement a truism, “When taxpayers interact with a government agency, they deserve… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 8 – Jim Moorehead of Mendocino County, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-8-jim-moorehead-mendocino-county-california

The eighth podcast in our Community Broadband Bits series is a discussion with Jim Moorehead, the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County in California. Mendocino is a large, rural county in the northern part of the state that has been left behind by major incumbent providers including AT&T, Comcast,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2012

Indianola’s Fiber Optic Network To Soon Serve Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianolas-fiber-optic-network-soon-serve-residents

We told you earlier this year about Indianola, Iowa’s network, filling the gap for businesses where private providers had failed. At that time, the network only served local businesses and community anchor institutions, but plans to provide fiber-to-the-home in their community of 15,000 are now unfolding. The town passed a referendum back in 1998 to… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2012

Citizens Lead the Financial Analysis of Burning Garbage in Frederick County, MD

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/citizens-lead-financial-analysis/

The most reliable, perhaps only reliable, source of financial information concerning the proposed garbage incinerator in Frederick County, MD has not been the Authority or the County Commissioners. Rather it has been the citizens and small business owners in the county. Here is another contribution to the public. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2012

FCC Chairman Genachowski Recognizes Value of Munis in Statement on Google

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-chairman-genachowski-recognizes-value-munis-statement-google

Google’s fiber rollout in Kansas City prompted kudos, specualtion, wonder, and analysis. While Google has the ability to invest in such an expensive and huge undertaking. Municipal networks have been bringing next-generation broadband to the public for years. Local communities all over the country know first hand the economic benefits and improved quality of life… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2012

The Economist Understands Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/economist-understands-community-broadband

The conservative, eminently pro-capitalist publication The Economist understands why community broadband is important. “The Need for Speed” discusses Kansas City and Chattanooga — two of the best broadband networks in the nation. But while others have become stuck on the wrong question — “what can you do with a gig,” The Economist recognized what is important…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2012

Fiber Route Construction Nearing Completion In Southwest Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-route-construction-nearing-completion-southwest-minnesota

In April, we reported on Spring construction of fiber installation by the Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) in the Jackson area. This is a stimulus-funded expansion growing out of the community-owned WindomNet. The original plan was to have construction completed in Jackson by the end of August, but the job was 97% completed in July… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2012

Court Says Big Broadcasters Can’t Stop Aereo’s Tiny Antennas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/court-says-big-broadcasters-cant-stop-aereos-tiny-antennas

You are surrounded by the radio waves of local television signals. They are available to you for free if you put up an antenna, but there was no easy way to take that free signal and then stream it to all your digital devices. Now there is. Aereo, available only in New York presently, combines an… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Waste to Wealth Summit September 13 & 14

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-wealth-summit-september/

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative will bring together regional solid waste management stakeholders from Appalachian communities in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia for a two-day summit that will examine how to build and sustain rural wealth by increasing resource recovery and supporting the development of recycling-based businesses. Attendees will learn about exemplary rural recycling programs, innovative recycling-based businesses, the… Continue reading