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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2014

Will Clean Local Energy Grow? A Novel City-Utility Partnership Sprouts in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/grow-city-utility-partnership-sprouts-minneapolis/

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, next Monday the Minneapolis City Council makes a monumental decision on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between… Continue reading

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

October Events in Washington State All About Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/october-events-washington-state-all-about-community-broadband

Two events in October will bring Chris and other telecommunications policy leaders to the State of Washington.  On October 8th, the Seattle Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board is hosting Lunch & Learn: Chris Mitchell on community-owned networks and municipal broadband in Seattle. The free event will be held in Seattle City Hall at noon;… Continue reading

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

Chris Visits Burlington to Talk About Local Telecom Challenges

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-visits-burlington-talk-about-local-telecom-challenges

Burlington Telecom customers love their local muni. Throughout the community’s political, legal, and financial challenges, residents and businesses have rallied behind the ability to control their access locally. As part of their efforts to educate the community, Code for BTV and Keep BT Local brought Chris to town to discuss community ownership. The video of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2014

Columbia Takes Next Step Toward Municipal Network Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/columbia-takes-next-step-toward-municipal-network-infrastructure

A consultant report recommends the City of Columbia tap into its existing fiber resources to develop an open access municipal telecommunications network. The City recently issued a request for proposals for a business plan to press forward with the recommendation, reports the Columbia Daily Tribune. Last year the City, Boone County, and the University of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

Job Opening: Director of Development

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

Reporting to ILSR’s Co-Directors, the Director of Development will be responsible for leading ILSR’s fund development strategy, setting and achieving fundraising benchmarks, engaging supporters, and establishing new relationships with prospective funders. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with ILSR’s Initiative (Program) Directors to jointly develop proposals and execute fundraising strategies. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

Connecticut Communities Want Better Internet Access – Community Broadband Bits Episode 118

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connecticut-communities-want-better-internet-access-community-broadband-bits-episode-118

While in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Broadband Communities Municipal Broadband and Economic Development event, I met several of the people that have been working on an initiative that aims to bring better Internet access to many in Connecticut. Two of them, Connecticut Consumer Counsel Elin Katz and Broadband Policy Coordinator Bill Vallee join me this… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

New Report Details Local Government Efforts to Improve Minnesota Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-report-details-local-government-efforts-improve-minnesota-connectivity

In our latest report, All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access, we analyze how local governments in 12 Minnesota communities are expanding 21st century Internet access to their citizens. In 2010, the Minnesota legislature set a goal for 2015 – universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state…. Continue reading

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

City Net Brings 100 Gbps to Santa Monica, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-net-brings-100-gbps-santa-monica-california

For one of the fastest municipal networks in the U.S., travel to Santa Monica and sample City Net. The City just announced network capacity and speed upgrades to 100 Gbps. City Net is available to many local businesses and connects key community anchor institutions. The entertainment, tech, and healthcare industries have a strong presence in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2014

Community-Owned Dark Fiber Expands in Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-owned-dark-fiber-expands-vermont

Last week, we criticized the draft version of the Vermont Telecommunications Plan for its conflicting goals, misplaced priorities, and all-around lack of vision. Fortunately for Vermonters, there are good things happening in the state as well: the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and EC Fiber are partnering on a new 51 mile run of dark fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

Lexington Plans RFI for Gigabit Network in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lexington-plans-rfi-gigabit-network-kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, the second biggest city in the state with the second slowest broadband speeds in the nation, has announced plans to issue a request for information for a gigabit network within the next six months. The idea is to gauge interest from private providers in forming a public private partnership and get at least… Continue reading