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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2013

We Need Video Reform, Let D.C. Know What You Think

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-need-video-reform-let-dc-know-what-you-think

Time Warner Cable subscribers across the country who enjoy CBS programming are out of luck. The two media giants have reached an impasse in their fight over retransmission consent so several major markets are now missing out. CBS has also taken the fight one step farther, blocking TWC broadband subscribers from accessing CBS.com video content…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2013

Douglas County PUD Lowers Cost of Connecting to Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/douglas-county-pud-lowers-cost-connecting-community-network

A Wenatchee World article recently announced that Douglas County Public Utilities District is reducing the rate it charges to connect to the community fiber network. According to the July 18th article, connecting to the Douglas County Community Network (DCCN) previously cost a one time fee of $250. The PUD Commissioners decided to shave $100 off… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2013

Introducing David Collado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/introducing-david-collado

You will soon start seeing some stories by David Collado, under the byline “dcollado.” David has been researching community owned networks with ILSR for the summer and will continue for a few more months. Here is some background biographical details on David. David Collado is currently a JD candidate (2014) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2013

Broadband Communities Mag Publishes List of Municipal Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-communities-mag-publishes-list-municipal-fiber-networks

This summer, Broadband Communities Magazine published its list of 135 municipalities that have invested in their own FTTH networks. In the May/June issue, Masha Zager finds that a growing number of communities are building fiber to the home networks. Subscriptions to the magazine are available here. In her accompanying article [PDF], Zager describes her precise… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Lakeland Dark Fiber In Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #58

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lakeland-dark-fiber-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-58

In Florida, Lakeland is one of several communities that has built a dark fiber network in a low-risk bid to expand connectivity for anchor institutions and to spur economic development. City of Lakeland Fiber Optics Supervisor Paul Meyer joins us for episode #58 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. Meyer explains why Lakeland began offering… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Roanoke Valley in Virginia Pondering Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-virginia-pondering-municipal-network

The Roanoke Valley, nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, grapples with the same connectivity problems facing many communities in rural Virginia. Private providers have few incentives to invest in next-generation Internet networks because the low density population promises too little profit.  Like Danville, Bristol, and the Rockbridge area, communities in the Roanoke Valley are taking… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 8 Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2013

How I Got Here

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

I spent the past two weeks saying goodbye to my father, Jim Farrell, so instead of my usual discussion of good policy and practices for distributed renewable energy, I’m taking time to explore how my dad’s work on sustainability fits  with how I approach it in this blog (and elsewhere) in my work for the Institute… Continue reading

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

Locally Owned Networks Protect Privacy and Limit Consumer Surveillance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/locally-owned-networks-protect-privacy-and-limit-consumer-surveillance

Since the story broke about the NSA domestic spying practices, debate among concerned citizens has revolved around the Big Brother surveillance model. Most of us shudder at the thought of our federal agencies from DC watching, noting, and recording our actions. However, there is another type of Internet surveillance that largely escapes notice and likewise… Continue reading

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

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida’s Lakeland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dark-fiber-paying-floridas-lakeland

Near the center of Florida sits Lakeland, the largest city between Orlando and Tampa with 98,000 residents. The area boasts 38 lakes, citrus crops, and a growing healthcare industry. Lakeland also owns a fiber optic network serving education, business, and government. To learn more, we spoke with Paul Meyer, Lakeland Electric City of Lakeland Fiber… Continue reading

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

Central California: Shafter Creating Fiber Connections for Business, Quality of Life

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/central-california-shafter-creating-fiber-connection/

Shafter, California, faced tough economic times when the end of the housing boom derailed its fiber optic network plans. Rather than discard a vision to use high-speed broadband as a catalyst for better quality of life and economic development, the community adjusted its plan and is realizing its long-term goal. With no borrowing or bonding,… Continue reading