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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

“We Should Build A Muni In Vallejo”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-should-build-muni-vallejo

The Times Herald in Vallejo posted a letter to the editor in early May from Chris Platzer; we want to share it with our readers. There are approximately 115,000 people in Vallejo and people like Platzer are looking for ways to better connectivity options. In the article, Platzer suggests his community take advantage of several… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2014

Why is an Island Electric Utility Hindering Incredibly Cost-Effective Solar?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/island-electric-utility-blocking-incredibly-cost-effective-solar/

The Northern Mariana Islands are one of several island U.S. territories, lying three-quarters of the way from Hawai’i to the Philippines. Like most islands, their electricity supply has been almost entirely supplied by diesel-fueled generators, at enormous cost. So why have islanders in the Marianas – such as the residents of Saipan – been struggling… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2014

“Connect With the World” in Mount Vernon on October 9

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connect-world-mount-vernon-october-9

Plan on spending Thursday, October 9 in Mount Vernon, Washington. Chris will speak with three other experts on creating a local environment attractive to the tech industry.  The “Connect With The World” event will occur at Skagit Valley College’s MacIntyre Hall from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT. Other speakers will be: Mark Anderson: One… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2014

Princeton Voters Want to Bring FTTH to Their Rural Massachusetts Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-voters-want-bring-ftth-their-rural-massachusetts-community

On May 13, Princeton voters decided to continue their municipal network planning. At the annual town meeting, 91.4% of voters passed Article 4 [PDF], authorizing a new Municipal Light Plant. A year ago, voters approved a measure to proceed with planning. Princeton, a community of 3,300 residents and 1,270 households, has DSL access available to approximately 49% of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

In Kansas, Chanute Explores FTTH Options

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

Last December, we reported on Chanute’s decision to move forward with plans for a FTTH network. The community has a fiber and wireless network in place that serves utilities, public facilities such as libraries and schools, and several businesses. The network also provides free Wi-Fi across the community. As we discussed in our 2012 case study,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Governing Looks at What the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger Could Do to Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/governing-looks-what-comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-could-do-munis

The debate surrounding the proposed Comcast Time Warner Cable merger continues. The Department of Justice and the FCC ruminate over the deal while the media speculates about the future. Governing recently published an article on potential side effects for the municipal network movement. Tod Newcombe reached out to Chris for expert opinion. From Governing: Partially… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-speak-localism-consolidation-exploration-public-broadband-options/

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will host “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options” from 9:30-11:30 am on May 28th. Chris will be participating in the discussion; if you can’t make it to DC, the event will be live-streamed. The conversation will focus on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Environmental Services, Portland State University

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/working-partner-update-community-environmental-services-portland-state-university/

The movement for zero waste in the U.S. has literally exploded in the last few years in both theory and practice. Scores of communities have resolved to start on the pathway to zero whose short definition is the reduction of waste generated by 90% or more. Many have taken firm steps to achieve this goal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Catching Up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #99

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-rs-fiber-coop-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-podcast-99

In the nearly two years since we launched this podcast with an interview from Minnesota’s rural Sibley County, the project has evolved significantly but the need for better Internet access remains a constant. Today, we interview Coop Vice-Chair Cindy Gerholz and Winthrop Town Manager Mark Erickson to get an update on the fiber-to-the-farm project. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on May 19, 2014

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westminster-budgets-for-open-access-fiber-network/

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted 5-1. The opposing Council Member voted no on a different issue. Last summer, the community… Continue reading