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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

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

Hamilton, Ohio, to Expand Fiber to Businesses and Schools

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hamilton-ohio-expand-fiber-businesses-and-schools

A part of the Cincinnati metro region, Hamilton sits in the extreme southwest corner of Ohio. The community of 63,000 will soon expand its fiber resources to spur economic development and improve education opportunities. Eric Schwartzberg from the Journal News reports that the City Council recently voted to support the city-owned electric utility’s proposal to create a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2013

Leverett On Track for Fiber Network in Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/leverett-track-fiber-network-massachusetts

We have followed developments in Leverett since we first learned about the small town’s decision to build its own next generation infrastructure. The community has faced some challenges but is determined to get its residents connected. After an overwhelming vote to support a bond measure and minor tax increase to fund the network, Leverett encountered… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2013

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-discusses-municipal-broadband-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-57

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2013

The Truth about Amazon and Job Creation

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

Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Amazon is costing our economy and undermining real job growth. Continue reading