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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2013

WindomNet Creates Jobs, Benefits for SW Minnesota – Community Broadband Bits Episode #64

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/windomnet-creates-jobs-benefits-sw-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-episode-64

The small town of Windom in southwest Minnesota has long been one of the smallest FTTH networks in the nation. I have long wanted to bring WindomNet General Manager Dan Olsen on our show because it has some of the best anecdotes in the world of community owned networks. We finally got him! To understand… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2013

Utility Agrees: (Their) Solar Should Supplant Natural Gas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/utility-agrees-their-solar-supplant-natural-gas/

Five months ago, one of the country’s ten largest electric utilities told regulators in Minnesota that it needed three new natural gas power plants to handle peak energy demand.  This week, the same company’s Colorado division announced plans to use more solar power because it is cost competitive with gas. Maybe they need a memo… Continue reading

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

Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network Saves Millions for Taxpayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/greater-austin-area-telecommunications-network-saves-millions-taxpayers

Austin, Texas, with a little over 820,000 people, is home to several centers of higher ed, the Southwest Music Festival, and a next generation network known as the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN). It was also the second metro area selected by Google for the Google Fiber deployment. But before they got Google Fiber,… Continue reading

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

Metronet Zing’s Dark Fiber Saves Big Bucks in South Bend

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/metronet-zings-dark-fiber-saves-big-bucks-south-bend

Indiana’s Metronet Zing winds its way through South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County providing dark fiber service to businesses, government and education. The project started as an economic development initiative when community leaders in the area realized that the high cost and lack of high-speed connectivity in the area kept businesses away. Project Future, the economic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 13, 2013

Utility Shocked to Find It’s Already Dead

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

There’s an increasingly shrill discussion among utilities (and from their own Edison Electric Institute) about the threat to their business from distributed energy, as their customers shift to getting their own power from local renewable resources.  Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die” – suggest changes to the business model are imminent as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2013

Central Coast Californians Choose Cost Savings Over Charter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/central-coast-californians-choose-cost-savings-over-charter

California’s Watsonville, population 51,200, joins the ranks of municipalities considering the benefits of a publicly owned fiber optic network to connect key facilities. At a September 10 the City Council passed a resolution approving plans and calling for an RFP for a next generation fiber network. Bids will be accepted until October 8, 2013. According to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Washington’s Okanogan County PUD Expanding Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washingtons-okanogan-county-pud-expanding-fiber-network

Okanogan County, located along the extreme north central border of Washington State, is expanding its wholesale fiber optic network to more small local communities. The Okanogan Public Utility District (PUD) received a $5.5 million grant and a $3.7 million loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will extend service to about 80%… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Defending the Public Good: FDR’s Portland Speech

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/defending-public-good-fdrs-portland-speech/

A month before the 1932 election, Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Portland, Oregon to deliver a speech about government and governance. Some 80 years later, his talk, given in the depths of the Depression to a nation that had yet to accept that government should play an important role, remains one of the clearest and most… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Review: 40 Years of Curbside Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-40-years-curbside-recycling/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews “40 Years of Curbside Recycling: A Celebration of Our Culture’s Greatest Environmental Movement” published by Waste & Recycling News in August. Seldman finds some some curious lapses in their recounting of history but finds that the essays and tables presented will significantly add to the growing literature of recycling. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2013

Jim Baller on the History of Municipal Networks, Part II on 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/jim-baller-history-municipal-networks-part-ii-community-broadband-bits-podcast

Jim Baller is back again for the second show in our series on the history of municipal broadband networks. He is the President of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC, and a long time advocate for both community owned networks specifically and better access to the Internet for all more generally. We kicked… Continue reading