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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 4, 2014

SHLB Coalition Offering October Symposium on Anchor Institution Broadband Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shlb-coalition-offering-october-symposium-anchor-institution-broadband-deployment

On October 2nd in Washington, D.C., the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) will be hosting a symposium on “School-Library Partnerships and Other Anchor Institution Broadband Strategies.” Speakers will include FCC representatives, Obama Administration officials, and service providers such as One Community, among others.  The SHLB Coalition is a group of public, nonprofit, and… Continue reading

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Calls Grow for Community Network in Syracuse

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/calls-grow-community-network-syracuse

Last week, we noted some comments made by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner indicating her interest in a municipal broadband network and her promise to develop a plan for how to build it. Now it appears others in Syracuse are picking up her refrain.  Two columns appearing recently in the Syracuse Post-Standard offered support for Miner’s… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

This November We Can Regain Local Authority Over the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/states-rights-local-democracy-future-broadband/

In July the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stirred up a hornets’ nest by announcing it might overturn state prohibitions on municipally owned broadband networks. Republicans protested that Washington should keep its grubby hands off state authority. Giant cable and phone companies contended that local governments are incapable of managing telecommunications networks and the resulting failure… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

David Brancaccio Lets Us Down

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

David Brancaccio is a solid reporter.  Perhaps the cognitive dissonance of talking about public ownership on a program called Marketplace caused him to go astray.  Nevertheless a few days ago he did his listeners a disservice when he commented on the city of Somerset, Kentucky’s new venture: Selling gasoline directly to city residents. Somerset’s entrepreneurialism… Continue reading

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Ellensburg Considers Muni Fiber Network Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ellensburg-considers-muni-fiber-network-expansion

Last year, we covered this central Washington city’s first foray into publicly owned fiber optics. The local incumbent, Charter Communications, began charging the city $10,000 per month for services it had been providing for free for a decade as part of its franchise agreement. Ellensburg officials did some quick math and realized that they could… Continue reading

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Sallisaw: The First Muni Fiber Network in Oklahoma – Community Broadband Bits Episode 114

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sallisaw-first-muni-fiber-network-oklahoma-community-broadband-bits-episode-114

Sallisaw is one of many small municipal FTTH networks that most people are not familiar with. For a decade, they have been quietly meeting their community’s needs with DiamondNet. For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we learn more about it in a conversation with Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton and Network Communications Supervisor Danny Keith…. Continue reading

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Austin, Minnesota Releases Fiber Network Feasibility Study Results

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/austin-minnesota-releases-fiber-network-feasibility-study-results

Austin has been thinking about getting a gig for a while now. The city of 25,000 near Minnesota’s southern border had campaigned to be picked for the initial Google Fiber deployment, but was disappointed when Google selected Kansas City instead in 2011. As with some other cities around the country, however, the high profile Google… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2014

The Power of Local Renewable Energy (Presentation)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/power-local-renewable-energy-presentation/

Tailored to Illinois, but explaining the universal benefits of local renewable energy, this presentation was delivered by Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell at the Illinois Renewable Energy Fair on August 24, 2014. The presentation explores the enormous potential of clean, local energy to meet U.S. electricity needs and juice local economies. But what happens… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2014

Rural Broadband Funding Webinar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rural-broadband-funding-webinar-2/

The FCC has made a $100 million fund available to organizations seeking to bring advanced telecommunications to rural America. The National Rural Assembly is hosting a national webinar to explain the criteria and application process. If you or your organization have a stake in expanding broadband in rural areas, you may want to consider this… Continue reading