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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2013

Vermont’s ECFiber to Expand This Summer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermonts-ecfiber-expand-summer

Good news for Vermonters who want connectivity from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network (ECFiber). The community owned network recently raised another $430,000 from local investors who purchased tax-exempt promissory notes. As a result, the nonprofit can now expand another 20 miles. Approximately 100 more households and businesses will soon have access. Twenty-three towns belong… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2013

Small Michigan Town Issues RFP for FTTH Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-michigan-town-issues-rfp-ftth-network

The community of Sebewaing, located in the “thumb” of Michigan is moving closer to its own FTTH network, which will be the first new municipal FTTH project in the state. Because of a state law impinging on local authority in Michigan, local governments must first issue an RFP and can build a telecommunications network themselves if… Continue reading

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

Understanding the Lifeline Program – Community Broadband Bits Episode #49

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-lifeline-program-community-broadband-bits-episode-49

The United States has long recognized that everyone should have access to a telephone and has established a variety of government programs to achieve that end. In recent months, the Lifeline program has come under attack and some have labeled it the “Obamaphone” program. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Sarah Morris joins us… Continue reading

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

Rest in Peace, Senator Frank Lautenberg

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rest-peace-senator-frank-lautenberg

Today, we are deeply saddened at the news that Senator Frank Lautenberg has just passed away. Senator Lautenberg’s death is a loss for the nation as well as for our efforts to ensure communities have the authority to build Internet networks if they believe it a wise investment. The Senator and his staff have long… Continue reading

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

National League Of Cities Webinar on Local Broadband Solutions June 13

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-league-cities-webinar-local-broadband-solutions-june-13

The National League of Cities will be presenting a free webinar on June 13 on local broadband solutions. The event, titled Local Broadband Initiatives: Finding a Model That Works for You, is scheduled at 2 p.m. EDT. The speaker line up includes three leaders in policy, law, and implementation: Jim Baller, President, Baller Herbst Law… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 31, 2013

Accusation of Corruption in Favor of Time Warner Cable in North Carolina General Assembly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/accusation-corruption-favor-time-warner-cable-north-carolina-general-assembly

Veteran North Carolina legislator Rober Brawley resigned as Chairman of the state Finance Committee, reports local WRAL. According to WRAL’s @NCCapitol blog, the Republican from Iredall read his resignation letter during a recent floor debate. He criticized Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, questioning Tillis’ ethics and accusing him of special legislative favors specifically for… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 30, 2013

Why Master Limited Partnerships are a Lousy Policy for Solar, Wind, and Taxpayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/master-limited-partnerships-lousy-policy-solar-or-business/

Read reactions to this piece here If you follow the renewable energy industry and haven’t been sleeping, then you’ve probably heard about one of the few pieces of federal legislation purported to help clean energy that’s actually moving: expanding Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) to cover wind and solar energy. (H.R.1696) This is not a good… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2013

Missoula, Montana, To Proceed With Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-montana-proceed-feasibility-study

The Missoula City Council recently approved a measure to finance a feasibility study on improving local Internet options. Keila Szpaller of the Missoulian reports the council voted 9-1 to spend $13,125 as a first step in improving business connections to boost economic development. Szpaller writes: “We did a survey around that and identified that one… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2013

Cedar Falls, Iowa, Now Offers 1 Gig Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-iowa-now-offers-1-gig-service

Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) just announced that it is ready to serve customers with 1 gig service. Earlier this year, CFU increased speeds for existing customers at no expense and we watched their expansion and upgrade from cable to FTTH.  Jon Ericson reported in the Courier that the city hopes to boost economic development in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2013

Minnesota’s New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesotas-standard-offer-solar-energy-standard/

A friend at Fresh Energy generously called me the “architect” of Minnesota’s new solar energy standard (signed last week), and although that may be a bit generous, I’d like to provide a detailed description of the nation’s newest solar energy standard. The topline: 1.5% solar standard for the state’s investor-owned utilities (with some exemptions) for… Continue reading