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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2013

Don Means on Libraries and White Spaces – Community Broadband Bits Episode 79

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/don-means-libraries-and-white-spaces-community-broadband-bits-episode-79

This week, Don Means joins us to talk about public libraries, their role in the modern era, and an interesting pilot project involving several libraries and white spaces wireless technology. Don is the coordinator of the Gigabit Libraries Network and has a passion for both libraries and expanding Internet access to all. We offer some… Continue reading

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

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-efforts-will-bring-free-wi-fi-vidalia-louisiana

Vidalia joins the growing list of communities with plans to offer free Wi-Fi. A recent Miami Herald article reports on recent plans. Community leaders hope to get the project ready for launch in spring 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, hoped to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to build… Continue reading

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

San Francisco’s Market Street Now Offering Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/san-franciscos-market-street-now-offering-free-wi-fi

San Francisco now offers free Wi-Fi along Market Street. The city of approximately 825,000 joins a growing number of local municipalities that provide the service in select parts of town or in the entire city limits. The San Francisco Chronicle reports private companies donated hardware and a gigabit of bandwidth. The final cost was $500,000 to… Continue reading

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

Crawford Explains Network Neutrality on 99% Invisible

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawford-explains-network-neutrality-99-invisible

The show was published over a year ago, but it holds up as a good explanation for both network neutrality and the danger of Comcast and other massive cable companies becoming too powerful. The popular podcast 99% Invisible interviewed Susan Crawford on the subject last November. It is worth listening to and keeping as a… Continue reading

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

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

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

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 24, 2013

Bob Frankston Encore Interview – Community Broadband Bits Episode #78

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bob-frankston-encore-interview-community-broadband-bits-episode-78

For those looking for our weekly podcast over the holiday break, we decided to recut one of our early interviews with Bob Frankston, a favorite of Lisa’s, and put it back in the feed. We ran the original interview for episode 14 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast and again now for episode 78. Frankston… Continue reading

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

Will Alexandria Consider A Municipal Network?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/will-alexandria-consider-municipal-network

Alexandria, Virginia’s City Council is talking about broadband. In a recent DelRay Patch article, Drew Hansen reported that Councilman Justin Wilson recently addressed the Del Ray Citizen’s Association to advocate for a plan to improve local connectivity. From the article: “We’re still dealing with severe budget issues and dropping $300 million on a huge broadband… Continue reading

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

Ellensburg Pursues Its Fiber Project in Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ellensburg-pursues-its-fiber-project-washington

Ellensburg is quickly moving forward as it make plans to build a publicly owned fiber optic network. The City Council approved a contract with Canon Construction  on December 16th, reports the Daily Record. From the article: Canon Construction of Milton won the contract to lay 13 miles of above- and underground fiber optic cables for… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

The Single Best Article on the End of the Social Contract in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/single-piece-social-contract-ended-united-states/

In the recent issue of the American Prospect editor-at-large Harold Meyerson has written what may be the single best piece on the reasons behind the decline and fall of the American worker since the 1960s and the rise of the age of anxiety. The disparity between then and now is stark. In the 25 years… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

LightTUBe Financially Secure in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighttube-financially-secure-tennessee

Tullahoma Utilities Board’s triple-play FTTH LightTUBe, began serving Tullahoma in 2009. The fiber network utility is paying off its city bond debt on schedule reports the Tullahoma News. The network’s income during the first four months of fiscal year 2014 is a positive $58,939. General Manager Brian Skelton spoke with Chris Mitchell in July 2013 and expressed… Continue reading