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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2013

Silverton, Colorado, Breaks Ground in First Phase of Regional Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/silverton-colorado-breaks-ground-first-phase-regional-network

In 2010, Silverton, Colorado, decided to build a fiber-optic loop for savings and better connectivity in rural San Juan County. At the time, Qwest (now CenturyLink) provided a microwave connection to the town of around 630 residents. After taking state money to connect all the county seats, Qwest decided to take fiber to everyone except… Continue reading

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

Chris Mitchell Talks About Work at ILSR in Latest Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-talks-about-work-ilsr-latest-podcast

Our listening audience hears Chris Mitchell interview people every week for the Broadband Bits Podcast. Now it is time for the interviewer to become the interviewee. Chris took a few minutes to participate in the June 2013 episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On Podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He told us a little about… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 26, 2013

Positive Policy Changes for Distributed Renewable Energy

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

From outdated technical rules to local permitting to incentive policies, there are opportunities to increase the potential for local solar. This is the fourth of five parts of our Rooftop Revolution report being published in serial.  Read Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 3. Download the entire report and see our other resources here…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2013

Longmont Leaders Understand Need for Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-leaders-understand-need-network

Longmont, Colorado, kept its eye on the prize. City leaders’ vision, to bring high-speed connectivity to residents, businesses, schools, libraries, and government facilities began many years ago and the community faced multiple challenges. Citizens knocked down legislative barriers through referendum, fought corporate misinformation campaigns, and contended with tough economic times. Throughout the ordeal, community leaders… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2013

IP Transition Catches Fire Island – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #52

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ip-transition-catches-fire-island-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-52

We welcome Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge back to the show to discuss the latest update in the so-called IP Transition. Back in episode 32, Harold explained the five fundamental protections needed for our telecommunications system. Today he returns to discuss the ways in which some of the islands devastated by Sandy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2013

Waverly, Iowa: Community Fiber Network Possible Thirteen Years After Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/waverly-iowa-community-fiber-network-possible-twelve-years-after-vote

The Waverly City Council in Iowa recently voted 5-2 to establish a communications utility and to move ahead with a feasibility study. We spoke with Diane Johnston, Waverly Light and Power (WLP) General Manager, who told us the decision to get this far started over a decade ago. In 2000, the community passed two ballot measures that sat… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2013

Holly Springs, North Carolina, Looking to Save with Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/holly-springs-north-carolina-looking-save-municipal-network

The Town Council of Holly Springs, North Carolina, just voted to pursue municipal network infrastructure. The Holly Spring Sun reports that the proposed network would include Town Hall, a local business park, the wastewater treatment plant, and school facilities. Wi-fi would be available in parks and public facilities. Holly Springs is about 25,000 people in… Continue reading

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

Princeton, Massachusetts, Moves to Design Phase

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-massachusetts-moves-design-phase

Princeton, Massachusetts, continues to move steadily forward with its municipal broadband initiative. We first reported on the community’s plans in the Spring of 2012. The community approved funding for design services in May and recently hired G4S Technology to design the FTTH network for municipal government, schools and residents. The Digital Journal reports: The design… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2013

Monticello Moves Closer to Settlement with Bondholders

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-moves-closer-settlement-bondholders

It has been about a year since we checked in on FiberNet Monticello, a city-owned FTTH network about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. At that time, the network was generating insufficient revenue to meet debt payments, the private company operating the network (HBC) was stepping down, and Gigabit Squared was kicking the tires. Since then,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2013

The One Thing Obama’s Climate Policy Can’t Leave Out

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

When President Obama unveils his climate policy proposal in the coming days, he should focus on the one key element of successful climate and energy policy.  It’s not about utilities or incentives or numbers, it’s about ownership. Climate-protecting energy policy succeeds when communities can keep their energy dollars local by directly owning and profiting from… Continue reading