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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2013

Common Cause, Network Neutrality, and the FCC Come Together in Episode 73 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/common-cause-network-neutrality-and-fcc-come-together-episode-73-community-broadband-bits

We welcome Todd O’Boyle of the good government group Common Cause to our Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. He is the Director of the Media and Democracy program there, which recently released an explanation of network neutrality in comic form, which we discuss in our discussion. We also talk about the impression of municipal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Dublin, Georgia: Offering Connectivity to Businesses, Schools, Government Since 1999

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-businesses-schools-government-1999

Dublin, home to 16,000 people, is also home to a network that snakes through the city and parts of Laurens County. In addition to a natural gas utility that serves the region, the city provides connectivity to two area school districts and local businesses. We contacted Guy Mullis, IT Director for the City of Dublin…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Yes to Amazon. No to the Rest of Us.
Welcome to the New Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazon-rest-us-welcome-post-office/

The announcement that the US Postal Service will deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays came just a few days after a federal judge halted USPS’ sale of Stamford’s historic downtown post office.  The juxtaposition of the two events throws into stark relief the new Janus-like philosophy of the postal service:  a big hug to big… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2013

Mexican Village Takes Control With Community Cellular Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mexican-village-takes-control-community-cellular-service

“In Mexico we have a saying: ‘don’t ask to be breastfed!’” laughs local radio presenter, Keyla Ramirez. “We have the satisfaction of no longer having to ask them: ‘Please, come and install a service for which we’re going to pay you’.” One Mexican community is exercising its self-reliance muscle to create its own cell phone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2013

Los Angeles Wants Better Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/los-angeles-wants-better-networks

The City of Los Angeles has announced a confusing intention to release an RFP for a vendor to install a gigabit fiber network. A recent Government Technology article touches on the broad plan to build a massive fiber and wireless network to every public and private premise.  GovTech spoke with Steve Reneker, general manager of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2013

HB 286 Refined for New Hampshire Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hb-286-refined-new-hampshire-legislature

We caught up with Carole Monroe from New Hampshire FastRoads to get an update on what is happening in the legislature this sesssion. We reported last spring on HB 286, intended to allow local communities more decision making power. The bill did not advance last session, but new language may breath new hope into the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

Bristol Virginia Utilities to Offer Home Management Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bristol-virginia-utilities-offer-home-management-services

BVU in Bristol is now offering Quantum Home, a security and home management system that uses the community’s publicly owned fiber network. The system allows home owners to also manage lights, temperature, and appliances from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. For a quick video demo, check out the BVU website. Installation costs range… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

Washington Post Covers Big Longmont Referendum Victory

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-post-covers-big-longmont-referendum-victory

Last week, we were excited by the results of Longmont’s referendum, but we sure weren’t alone. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung wrote, “Big Cable may have felled Seattle’s mayor, but it couldn’t stop this Colo. project.”  Our regular readers know that Comcast succeeded in defeating the Longmont measure in 2009 but the electoral would not be… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

New Report Reveals Walmart’s Climate Impact

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

Today, ILSR issued a report on Walmart’s rapidly expanding climate pollution and joined with leading environmental organizations in calling for change. The new report, Walmart’s Assault on the Climate: The Truth Behind One of the Biggest Climate Polluters and Slickest Greenwashers in America, finds: Nearly a decade after launching its sustainability campaign, Walmart’s greenhouse gas… Continue reading