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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/announcing-coalition-local-internet-choice/

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC –… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Illinois’ Monticello Local Partnership Leads to Big Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 102

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/illinois-monticello-local-partnership-leads-big-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-102

Following up on Lisa’s in-depth story on Monticello, Illinois, we asked Vic Zimmerman to join us for episode 102 of the Community Broadband Bits. We talk about how rural Monticello started by reaching out to the existing service providers, only to be stalled for months and then years. Eventually they realized they would have to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Announcing the Coalition for Local Internet Choice!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/announcing-coalition-local-internet-choice

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC –… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2014

UC2B and Partner Bringing Fiber to More Urbana-Champaign Communities in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-and-partner-bringing-fiber-more-urbana-champaign-communities-illinois

The UC2B Network and its partner, iTV-3, will soon bring gigabit capabilities to more people in the Champaign-Urbana community in Illinois. According to the UC2B press release [PDF], iTV-3 will expand existing fiber to areas of the community to serve residents and businesses. iTV-3 will take subscriptions for commercial and residential access online at www.theperfectupgrade.com…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2014

Common Carriage Definition – Barry Lynn

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/common-carriage-definition-barry-lynn

As I was glancing back through my notes in the margins of my copy of Barry Lynn’s Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and The Economics of Destruction, I stumbled across the beginning of a discussion of common carriage. Good timing given the FCC wrestling with whether to apply common carrier regulations on Internet access. Which… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 7, 2014

FreeUTOPIA Destroying Myths About Macquerie in Utah

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/freeutopia-destroying-myths-about-macquerie-utah

Jesse Harris at FreeUTOPIA recently published a piece correcting the many fantastic errors disseminated by the Utah Taxpayers Association. The group continues to spread lies to poison a proposal from Australian company Macquarie that could reinvigorate the ailing network. We spoke with Harris and Pete Ashdown, from Xmission, about the proposal in episode #85 of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2014

Plan for FTTH in Chanute Looking Positive in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/plan-ftth-chanute-looking-positive-kansas

Chanute has been exploring available options for a citywide FTTH network. In addition to offering residential service, city leaders want to expand the business use of its municipal fiber network. A limited number of businesses currently join schools, government, and utilities on the fiber infrastructure. The community incrementally built a fiber network to serve government,… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/price-renewables-san-diegos-fight-community-choice-episode-23-local-energy-rules/

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Monticello Public Partners Light Up Fiber in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-public-partners-light-fiber-illinois

Kids in the Monticello Community Unified School District #25 (CUSD #25) are now enjoying a new publicly owned fiber optic network. The School District is one of four public partners that collaborated to install the network and share the $306,000 in deployment costs. The City of Monticello, Piatt County, and the Allerton Public Library began… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Basics of Community Networks Video

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

Every now and then, we like to repost this video for those who may not have seen it yet – a brief introduction to community owned networks. This, and many more videos, are available on our archived videos page. Video:  Continue reading