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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

Utopia at a Crossroads: Part 3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-crossroads-part-3

This is the final installment 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 II here.  In Part I of this story, we laid out the difficult situation the open… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/labor-solidarity-save-post-office/

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office:  labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system.  In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder – Community Broadband Bits Episode 108

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/past-and-future-muni-fiber-boulder-community-broadband-bits-episode-108

Boulder is the latest Colorado community to recognize the benefits of using city-owned fiber to spur job growth and improve quality of life. Boulder Director of Information Technology Don Ingle joins us for episode 108 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the many ways in which Boulder has benefited from community owned fiber… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2014

Media Roundup: Blackburn Amendment Lights Up Newswires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/media-roundup-blackburn-amendment-lights-newswires/

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

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

Gigabit Network Expansion Moves Forward in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-network-expansion-moves-forward-longmont-colorado

Construction on Longmont’s fiber expansion will begin by August 13th, reports the Times-Call. TCS Communications of Englewood, Colorado recently signed an agreement with Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to deploy the gigabit network for $20,095,022. Completion is scheduled for 2017. A July 14th article on the project noted that LPC and TCS will complete construction… Continue reading

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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