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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2014

Gigabit in Lafayette From Community Fiber Now $70/Month

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-lafayette-community-fiber-now-70month

LUS Fiber recently announced it now offers residential symmetrical gigabit services for $69.95 per month when purchased as part of its triple-play. In addition to the new speed tier, LUS Fiber will double speeds for current customers for a modest increase of $5 per month. Claire Taylor of the Advertiser reports that every customer will… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2014

Understanding Title II and Network Neutrality – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #101

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-title-ii-and-network-neutrality-community-broadband-bits-podcast-101

With all of the recent media discussions around network neutrality, reclassification, and “Title II,” we decided to spend this week talking with Matt Wood, Policy Director for Free Press to simplify some key issues. For all the hub-bub around reclassification and dramatic claims that it represents some kind of fundamental policy shift, the truth is… Continue reading

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

Shaker Heights Considers Expanding Fiber in Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shaker-heights-considers-expanding-fiber-ohio

The Shaker Heights City Council is considering expanding an existing fiber network, reports Cleveland.com. The project would allow OneCommunity, the nonprofit managing a regional fiber network, access to the city’s rights-of-way for 15 years. OneCommunity, created in 2003, received a $44 million broadband stimulus award to extend fiber in northeast Ohio. The organization’s network spans… Continue reading

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

Chris Visits With Kevin Reese and Margaret Flowers on Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-visits-kevin-reese-and-margaret-flowers-network-neutrality

Christopher recently joined Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for an interview on the “Clearing the Fog” radio show. Kevin and Margaret also spoke with Mary Alice Crim from the Free Press. From the show page: We discuss the FCC’s plan to eliminate net neutrality on May 15. FCC chair Tom Wheeler will be deciding on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Broadband—Free Webinar June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/breaking-barriers-community-broadband-free-webinar-june-12/

Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network. Click to Register   Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for… Continue reading

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

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/citizen-ownership-remains-foundation-german-renewable-energy-explosion/

I’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to democratic, locally owned power. The following chart continues the series.  For explanation, click the previous link, but know that traditional electric utilities are contained… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 4 Comments | Updated on May 30, 2014

The Future of Solar Economics and Policy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/future-net-metering-distributed-solar/

Solar power is at a unique place in history. It’s growing rapidly, its price is falling precipitously. Within the next 10 years, it will compete favorably with utilities for electricity sales, on price, and without subsidies. Given its rapid ascent, it might seem silly to talk about change.  But the continued expansion of distributed solar… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2014

New Hampshire’s Local Press Advocates Conduit, Fiber to Prepare for the Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshires-local-press-advocates-conduit-fiber-prepare-future

In the wake of the Comcast Time Warner Cable proposed merger, an increasing number of local communities across the country are expressing their dissatisfaction with their broadband options. The Concord Monitor recently published an editorial suggesting the community prepare for publicly owned fiber. Concord’s main street will soon be excavated; the Monitor recognizes that this… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2014

Municipal Networks and the Future of Wi-Fi Hotspots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/municipal-networks-and-future-wi-fi-hotspots

This is a guest post from Jacob Levin – an advocate for a new economy that regenerates people, place and planet. Growing up as the son of an FCC official, dinner conversations often drifted towards tales of how incumbent ISPs were unfairly leveraging their political and economic power to reduce competition. He’s done policy research… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2014

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-media-sees-need-municipal-network-olympia-washington

Local news editors seem inspired by the current network neutrality debate at the FCC. Newsrooms considering the prospect of paid prioritization are reassessing the value of municipal networks. Not long ago, the Olympian ran an editorial offering the basics of municipal networks. Editors mentioned NoaNet, the statewide fiber project that brings access to a series of… Continue reading