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

In Indiana, Auburn Built Fiber Network Incrementally – Community Broadband Bits Episode 77

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indiana-auburn-built-fiber-network-incrementally-community-broadband-bits-episode-77

When a major employer in Auburn, a town of 13,000 in northeast Indiana, told the local government that it would have to move jobs to a different location unless it had improved Internet access, the local government first encouraged it to work with the telephone company. But when that telephone company, headquartered far from Auburn,… Continue reading

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

Tullahoma News Seeks Insider’s View Via Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tullahoma-news-seeks-insiders-view/

In July 2013, Christopher Mitchell interviewed Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB), for Episode #54 of the Broadband Bits podcast. The Tullahoma News recently reported on the podcast in an article on LighTUBe, the municipal network serving the south central Tennessee community. Staff writer Kelly Lapczynski reported on the network: “We’ve… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

On WCCO, ILSR Director of Democratic Energy Discusses Xcel Energy Rate Hike

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wcco-ilsr-director-democratic-energy-discusses-xcel-energy-rate-hike/

“They need some more support from the Legislature in having a critical eye,” said John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “I think the laws that they operate under don’t give them a lot of flexibility to question…the base assumptions that Xcel is bringing to the table.” Check out the 2-minute video clip   Continue reading

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

The Wired Road Now A Gigabit Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-road-now-gigabit-network

The Wired Road, a community-owned open access network, provides affordable fiber connectivity in rural Virginia. The network recently upgraded and now offers Gigabit commercial service in the Blue Ridge Crossroads region. From the press release: “America only has a few networks offering 1 Gigabit Broadband Services; it’s awesome that we have that technology here in… Continue reading

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

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/look-mediacom-propaganda-emmetsburg-iowa

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2013

What the REC?! Final Comments on Minnesota’s Proposed Value of Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rec-final-comments-minnesotas-proposed-solar/

The final stakeholder meeting took place in mid-November (right before the holiday, hence the delayed post) and Minnesota’s draft value of solar methodology reflects a thorough and careful accounting of the value of solar to the utility, ratepayers, and society. With the exception of the two issues mentioned explicitly below, I believe the robust formula… Continue reading

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

In Kansas, Chanute One Step Closer to FTTH

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-chanute-one-step-closer-ftth

Chanute’s City Commission voted on November 25th to move forward with plans for a FTTH network. The community of approximately 9,000 began installing fiber in 1984 for electric utility purposes. They have slowly expanded the network throughout the community. Chanute’s fiber and wireless broadband utility now serves government, education, and several businesses. We documented their… Continue reading

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

Westminster, Maryland’s Fiber Pilot Project Grows

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-marylands-fiber-pilot-project-grows

Westminster began its FTTP pilot project last summer and interest is high. Brett Lake from the Carroll County Times recently reported the project is growing. According to the story, the Mayor and Common Council voted in late November to spend city capital projects reserve funds to expand the pilot.  During the engineering phase of the… Continue reading

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

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-ip-transition-public-knowledge-and-center-media-justice

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a… Continue reading

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

Solar Powered Wireless on the Reservation – Community Broadband Bits Episode #76

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/solar-powered-wireless-reservation-community-broadband-bits-episode-76

When it comes to building a community owned wireless network, few have more experience than Matthew Rantanen, our guest for the Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. Rantanen has an impressive list of titles, two of which are Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital… Continue reading