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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Op-Ed: Baltimore Makes Smart Move with Fiber Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/op-ed-baltimore-makes-smart-move-fiber-investment

On November 25, the Baltimore Sun ran this opinion piece by me regarding Baltimore’s approach to expanding Internet access in the city. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently spoke the plain truth: “You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet.” This simple statement is the best explanation for why Baltimore is examining how it can use existing… Continue reading

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SpringNet Continues Driving Jobs and Revenue for Local Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/springnet-continues-driving-jobs-and-revenue-local-community

A year has passed since we covered SpringNet in Springfield, Missouri, and its remarkable impact on local businesses and economic development. We recently spoke with SpringNet Director, Todd Murren, and Network Architecture Manager, Todd Christell, to get an update on how the network is progressing. Demand for SpringNet’s high-speed data services continues to grow steadily…. Continue reading

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

Oklahoma Free Wi-fi: Can Muskogee Follow Ponca City’s Lead?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oklahoma-free-wi-fi-can-muskogee-follow-ponca-citys-lead

Muskogee, located in east central Oklahoma, is considering free Wi-Fi across the community to boost economic development. As a model, community leaders are looking at Ponca City. A recent Muskogee Phoenix article quoted the Interim City Manager: “Our hope is that the public Wi-Fi initiative will distinguish us from other cities when it comes to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

Building a Better Economy: ILSR’s 2013 Annual Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/annual-report-2013/

2013 was a big year for ILSR.  We successfully countered attempts by big corporations like Walmart, Xcel Energy, and Time Warner Cable to expand their market power and override local decision-making authority.  And we worked with communities and policymakers across the country to advance new models and policies that build strong, sustainable, locally owned economies…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Georgia Town Eliminates Local Tax With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/georgia-town-eliminates-local-ta/

Thomasville belongs to Community Network Services (CNS), serving six communities in southwest Georgia. Thanks in part to revenue generated by the network, this community of 18,000 has eliminated its local fire tax. In 2013, Thomasville is estimated to earn a net income of up to $8.5 million from its utility services while keeping prices affordable… Continue reading

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

Cedar Falls Shows Long Term Muni Network Success: Community Broadband Bits Episode #75

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-shows-long-term-muni-network-success-community-broadband-bits-episode-75

Cedar Falls Utilities operates one of the oldest community owned networks in the nation. It started as a cable network in the 90′s, upgraded to FTTH recently, and this year began offering the first citywide gigabit service in Iowa. CFU Communication Sales Manager Kent Halder and Network Services Manager Rob Houlihan join me for Community… Continue reading

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

NoaNet and Benton PUD Finish Expansion in Washington, Celebrate Completion of Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/noanet-and-benton-pud-finish-expansion-washington-celebrate-completion-fiber-network

South central Washington’s Benton PUD and the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) recently finished a 50-mile fiber-optic expansion [PDF of the press release]. The new construction brings high-speed Internet service to the Paterson School District. The District serves 110 kids in grades K-8. A $1.8 million Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) award paid in part… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2013

All-Pervasive NSA Surveilliance Impacts All of Us

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/all-pervasive-nsa-surveilliance-impacts-all-us

We continue to oppose the federal government’s foray into creating a high tech surveillance state where the National Security Agency effectively has unlimited power to spy on Americans. The New York Times has released an op-doc embedded below that offers good reasons all Americans should be concerned, even if most are not doing anything they… Continue reading

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

Small Illinois City Plans to Light Fiber Network By 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-illinois-city-plans-light-fiber-network-2014

Monticello anticipates firing up its own fiber network by the start of 2014. The News-Gazette reports the town of 5,300 plans to use the network to serve government offices.  The City, Piatt County, Monticello Community Unit School District #25, and the Allerton Public Library District collaborated to share costs for the installation. The four entities… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013

What Is Good for Microsoft Turns Out To Be Bad For the Public Schools–And Microsoft

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/good-microsoft-turns-bad-public-schools-and-microsoft/

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011.  He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools. “At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then… Continue reading