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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2013

UTPOIA The Latest Network to Offer Super Affordable Gigabit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utpoia-latest-network-offer-super-affordable-gigabit

As we recently reported, EPBFiber presented a birthday gift to its current and future Chattanooga customers – gig service for $69.99 per month. In Utah, UTOPIA is extending the list of like-minded publicly owned networks and dropping prices. UTOPIA just announced that gig service is now available for as little as $64.95 per month. According to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2013

Monticello Fiber Price War Offers Key Lessons for Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-fiber-price-war-offers-key-lessons-broadband-competition

Monticello Minnesota may be located 40 miles outside Minneapolis, but it is the center of the planet when it comes to FTTH competition. We have tried and cannot identify another community localed on planet earth with two separate FTTH networks going head to head across the entire community. We have long written about Monticello, most… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2013

Chattanooga Cements Status as Best Network in the Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-cements-status-best-network-nation

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber, a municipal FTTH system owned by the city’s electric power board, has dramatically lowered its prices for the gigabit connection and increased all Internet speed tiers. The slowest connection you can get from EPB Fiber is 100 Mbps symmetrical – and it comes at the same price that most cable tiers start… Continue reading

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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