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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2013

To Celebrate Our Independence Day, Let’s Reclaim Our Independence

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/celebrate-our-independence-day-lets-reclaim-our-independence

On the day that celebrates our Independence as a nation, I encourage you to consider how we can declare independence as a people from the corruption of our nation, specifically the corruption of a few very powerful people and corporations of our republic. Larry Lessig offers a perspective below in a popular TED Talk. This… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2013

Evanston, Illinois, to Dabble in Community Owned Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/evanston-illinois-dabble-community-owned-connectivity

Evanston, Illinois, home to Northwestern University, has decided to expand its fiber network in a new project to connect residents and businesses in a targeted area. In 2012, the city and NU joined forces to apply for an Illinois Gigabit Community grant and the pair won the award this past January. Together, the entities won… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2013

Consultant Argues Never Used Financing Mechanism Also Won’t Work in Palo Alto

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/consultant-argues-never-used-financing-mechanism-also-wont-work-palo-alto

I was troubled to see Broadband Communities publish an odd and misleading story about Palo Alto in the May-June issue [pdf]. Authored by Stephen Blum of Tellus Venture Associates, a consultant that has been hired by Palo Alto in the past, it showed a remarkable level of ignorance about community owned fiber networks and broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2013

Waverly Waits 13 Years to Build Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #53

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/waverly-waits-13-years-build-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-53

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2013

Knoxville Downtown Wondering ‘Where Is All the Broadband?’

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/knoxville-downtown-wondering-where-all-broadband

Knoxville Metro Pulse reporter Paige Hunton published a story last month about a common complaint from downtown residents and businesses – “Downtown Knoxville’s Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?” The problem worked its way from local talk to twitter and city leaders have met with residents and business owners to publicly discuss options. This… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2013

Here’s One Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/heres-smart-handle-big-box-stores/

Cape Cod is the rare community that considers regional economic impacts when weighing big-box retail development, and that makes all the difference. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2013

Westminster, Maryland, to Move Forward With Fiber Pilot Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-maryland-move-forward-fiber-pilot-projects

Westminster, Maryland, began public consideration for community broadband investment last fall and has now decided to “stick our toe in the water and see how it works.” The Carroll County Times recently reported that the community will move ahead with engineering for two community pilot projects. Local leaders see this as an opportunity to flesh out any… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2013

Silverton, Colorado, Breaks Ground in First Phase of Regional Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/silverton-colorado-breaks-ground-first-phase-regional-network

In 2010, Silverton, Colorado, decided to build a fiber-optic loop for savings and better connectivity in rural San Juan County. At the time, Qwest (now CenturyLink) provided a microwave connection to the town of around 630 residents. After taking state money to connect all the county seats, Qwest decided to take fiber to everyone except… Continue reading

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

Chris Mitchell Talks About Work at ILSR in Latest Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-talks-about-work-ilsr-latest-podcast

Our listening audience hears Chris Mitchell interview people every week for the Broadband Bits Podcast. Now it is time for the interviewer to become the interviewee. Chris took a few minutes to participate in the June 2013 episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On Podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He told us a little about… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2013

Positive Policy Changes for Distributed Renewable Energy

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

From outdated technical rules to local permitting to incentive policies, there are opportunities to increase the potential for local solar. This is the fourth of five parts of our Rooftop Revolution report being published in serial.  Read Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3. Download the entire report and see our other resources here…. Continue reading