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

Local Government Groups: “We Need Local Authority”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-government-groups-we-need-local-authority

As the FCC considers the role of local authority in expanding Internet access, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is hearing from coalitions opposing state barriers on municipal networks. On July 3, Executive Directors from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of Counties (NACo)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference September 16 – 18

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-communities-economic-development-conference-september-16-18

Join Chris in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Community Fiber Networks conference in September. The meet-up is part of Broadband Communities Magazine’s  Economic Development series; Chris will present at the event. The conference will run September 16 – 18 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Jim Baller, Conference Chairman and Principal at the Baller Herbst… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Gainesville Plans Gigabit Ring for City and Businesses in Texas Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gainesville-plans-gigabit-ring-city-and-businesses-texas-town

The Gainesville City Council recently approved a plan to deploy a fiber ring throughout the Texas town of 16,000. The network will connect municipal facilities and offer gigabit connectivity to local businesses. Gainesville is located seven miles from the Oklahoma border in Cooke County.According to City Manager Barry Sullivan, the planned route will provide access… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-1-interference-myth-fcc-hasnt-caught-yet

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Conduit Policy the Foundation for Affordable Gig Service in the Bay Area

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/conduit-policy-foundation-affordable-gig-service-bay-area

Smart conduit policy, implemented in 1999, is now paying off in Brentwood. The Bay Area community of 52,000 recently reached an agreement with Sonic.net to bring fiber to the community via city-owned conduit. The partners anticipate a fall 2015 project completion. The City requires all new development be constructed with conduit to the premise via… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/celebrate-independence-3-steps-energy-self-reliance/

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to the kind of (economic) independence being sought by England’s American colonists in the 1770s and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2014

Reflections on Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 105

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With so many people on vacation this week for Independence Day, we decided to take it easy and reflect on my trip to Colorado to discuss rural broadband at the Mountain Connect conference. Lisa and I reflect on the event and what other states can learn from Colorado. Though the Colorado legislature previously bowed to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2014

Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority

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

Boulder’s City Council is considering November ballot question to restore local authority for municipal telecommunications services. The measure, if passed, will create an exemption to the 2005 Colorado law allowing Boulder to better use its existing fiber optic infrastructure. Apparently, the Boulder community has a self-reliant streak. This is not the first time the Institute… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

Senators and Representatives Back FCC Move to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/senators-and-representatives-back-fcc-move-restore-local-authority

Citing the importance of Internet access to economic development, a number of Congressional Democrats are calling on FCC Chairman Wheeler to make good on his intention to remove barriers to community owned networks. Senator Edward Markey is the lead from the Senate and Representative Doyle in the House. And this Minnesotan takes pride in seeing… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-applauds-u-s-senators-banding-support-community-broadband-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading