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Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Georgia Town Eliminates Local Tax With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/georgia-town-eliminates-local-ta/

Thomasville belongs to Community Network Services (CNS), serving six communities in southwest Georgia. Thanks in part to revenue generated by the network, this community of 18,000 has eliminated its local fire tax. In 2013, Thomasville is estimated to earn a net income of up to $8.5 million from its utility services while keeping prices affordable… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Cedar Falls Shows Long Term Muni Network Success: Community Broadband Bits Episode #75

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-shows-long-term-muni-network-success-community-broadband-bits-episode-75

Cedar Falls Utilities operates one of the oldest community owned networks in the nation. It started as a cable network in the 90′s, upgraded to FTTH recently, and this year began offering the first citywide gigabit service in Iowa. CFU Communication Sales Manager Kent Halder and Network Services Manager Rob Houlihan join me for Community… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2013

NoaNet and Benton PUD Finish Expansion in Washington, Celebrate Completion of Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/noanet-and-benton-pud-finish-expansion-washington-celebrate-completion-fiber-network

South central Washington’s Benton PUD and the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) recently finished a 50-mile fiber-optic expansion [PDF of the press release]. The new construction brings high-speed Internet service to the Paterson School District. The District serves 110 kids in grades K-8. A $1.8 million Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) award paid in part… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2013

All-Pervasive NSA Surveilliance Impacts All of Us

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/all-pervasive-nsa-surveilliance-impacts-all-us

We continue to oppose the federal government’s foray into creating a high tech surveillance state where the National Security Agency effectively has unlimited power to spy on Americans. The New York Times has released an op-doc embedded below that offers good reasons all Americans should be concerned, even if most are not doing anything they… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 27, 2013

Small Illinois City Plans to Light Fiber Network By 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-illinois-city-plans-light-fiber-network-2014

Monticello anticipates firing up its own fiber network by the start of 2014. The News-Gazette reports the town of 5,300 plans to use the network to serve government offices.  The City, Piatt County, Monticello Community Unit School District #25, and the Allerton Public Library District collaborated to share costs for the installation. The four entities… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013

What Is Good for Microsoft Turns Out To Be Bad For the Public Schools–And Microsoft

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/good-microsoft-turns-bad-public-schools-and-microsoft/

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011.  He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools. “At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013

Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network: Community Broadband Bits Episode #74

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/billy-ray-origins-first-muni-broadband-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-74

Last month, we unveiled a video teaser of our interviews in Glasgow, Kentucky over the summer regarding its municipal broadband network. This week our podcast features a few clips from those interviews with Billy Ray, the Superintendent of Glasgow’s Electric Plant Board. He offers more context on the history of their network, including how they… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2013

Chris Mitchell on Municipal Networks in the Baltimore Sun

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-munis-baltimore-sun/

ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell recently published an opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun. Comcast has abused its standing as the dominant provider for years and the community is examining options. Mitchell’s op/ed addressed the issue foremost in the mind of Mayor Stephanie Rawling-Blake: jobs and connectivity. In the past, City leaders have considered investing in a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2013

GRUCom Gives Gainesville Gigabit Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/grucom-gives-gainesville-gigabit-broadband

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has been deploying fiber in the north-central Florida home to the University of Florida (UF) since the late 1990s. We briefly mentioned them last year when Gig.U teamed up with GRUCom, GRU’s telecom division, to connect neighborhoods and businesses surrounding the University with fiber broadband. We’ve since taken a deeper look… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2013

Rural Broadband Association to FCC: “Satellite Is Not Broadband”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-broadband-association-fcc-satellite-not-broadband

The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) recently filed a report with the FCC as it examines the role of the Universal Services Fund (USF) in communications. Telecompetitor reports that NTCA filed the report as part of comments on November 7, 2013. The report by Vantage Point telecommunications engineering firm criticizes the argument that satellite is a… Continue reading