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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2013

Chris Mitchell on Municipal Networks in the Baltimore Sun

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-munis-baltimore-sun/

ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell recently published an opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun. Comcast has abused its standing as the dominant provider for years and the community is examining options. Mitchell’s op/ed addressed the issue foremost in the mind of Mayor Stephanie Rawling-Blake: jobs and connectivity. In the past, City leaders have considered investing in a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2013

GRUCom Gives Gainesville Gigabit Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/grucom-gives-gainesville-gigabit-broadband

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has been deploying fiber in the north-central Florida home to the University of Florida (UF) since the late 1990s. We briefly mentioned them last year when Gig.U teamed up with GRUCom, GRU’s telecom division, to connect neighborhoods and businesses surrounding the University with fiber broadband. We’ve since taken a deeper look… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2013

Rural Broadband Association to FCC: “Satellite Is Not Broadband”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-broadband-association-fcc-satellite-not-broadband

The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) recently filed a report with the FCC as it examines the role of the Universal Services Fund (USF) in communications. Telecompetitor reports that NTCA filed the report as part of comments on November 7, 2013. The report by Vantage Point telecommunications engineering firm criticizes the argument that satellite is a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 22, 2013

Danville Continues to Attract Jobs to Region After Building Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/danville-continues-attract-jobs-region-after-building-fiber-network

Danville’s open access network has fueled economic development in the Virginia community’s resurgence after tobacco’s demise and job losses from a once thriving textile industry put a hurt on the local economy. Danville’s technological prowess is now attracting companies from China, in addition to other economic development gains we covered previously. Jason Grey, nDanville’s Network Manager,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2013

A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Achieve a City’s Energy Goals – Episode 11 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/once-in-a-generation-achieve-citys-energy-goals-episode-11-local-energy-rules/

“We have this once-in-a-generation negotiation coming up next year and it’s a chance for Minneapolis to explore what its energy choices might be and how it could achieve its energy goals.” Earlier this week, the Minneapolis city council got an early look at an important “pathways study,” outlining the legal and policy strategies the city… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2013

New Hampshire FastRoads Update

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshire-fastroads-update

New Hampshire FastRoads is leading the charge to connect the region. The project is funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, private donations, and contributions from local communities. We spoke with Carole Monroe, Executive Director, to get an update on this open access network in rural western New Hampshire. The first municipality to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Foreign Aid At Its Best

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

I support foreign aid because it reflects a willingness of rich nations to share resources with those less fortunate.  I criticize foreign aid because it tends to go from government to government, often encouraging corruption and wastefulness.  Or is driven primarily by self-interest, often undermining rather than nurturing a country’s independence (e.g. U.S. food aid… Continue reading

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Thomasville Removes Local Tax, Citing Strong Broadband Revenues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/thomasville-removes-local-tax-citing-strong-broadband-revenues

Thomasville is one of six cities served by Community Network Services (CNS) in rural southwest Georgia. We’ve covered Thomasville and CNS in the past, highlighting the benefits of reliable high-speed broadband in these remote rural communities. But one benefit we haven’t covered yet is quite remarkable – Thomasville residents have been paying zero fire tax… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Postcard to Incoming FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/postcard-for-fcc-tom-wheele/

  As new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler begins serving the public, we want to welcome him with open arms and some good advice. ILSR teamed up with the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) to create a personalized postcard with ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell. We hope he will print it out, frame it, and place it prominently on his… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

ILSR and Collaborators File Comments in FCC’s E-rate Proceedings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-collaborators-file-comments-fcc/

ILSR, the Consumer’s Union, and Common Cause recently filed comments with the FCC as it examines E-rate. The agency’s Wireline Competition Bureau is currently reviewing the E-rate program for Schools and Libraries. The program provides funding from the Universal Services Fund to help schools and libraries pay for Internet access and other telecommunications services. The… Continue reading