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Article, Resource filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 23, 2013

Whatcha Workin’ On, Nicola Chin? Podcast Episode 4

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/whatcha-workin-on-nicola-chin-podcast-episode-4/

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On? podcast. Lisa Gonzalez interviews our newest staff member, Nicola Chin, Director of Strategy and Development. Nicola shares her history of grassroots and nonprofit work and explains what she hopes to see in her days to come at ILSR. Welcome, Nicola! Whatcha Workin’ On? Episode 4… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 23, 2013

Carroll County Explains Many Benefits of County Owned Fiber – Community Broadband Bits #43

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/carroll-county-explains-many-benefits-county-owned-fiber-community-broadband-bits-43

Chief Information Officer for the Carroll County Public Schools Gary Davis joins me to explain why the Carroll County Government, Public Schools, Public Library, and Community College partnered to build their own fiber optic network. He is also the Chairman of the resulting Carroll County Public Network (CCPN) of Maryland. The story starts the same… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2013

Community Networks Gaining Traction Nationwide

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

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative has been spending many hours on the road these days. Why? Interest in publicly owned broadband networks continues to grow as communities search for savings, economic development, and connectivity on the local level and more organizations seek out Chris’ expertise. From policy to implementation, ILSR continues to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2013

First Gigabit Network in North Carolina: City of Wilson’s Greenlight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-gigabit-network-north-carolina-city-wilsons-greenlight

In North Carolina, Wilson’s Greenlight will begin offering gigabit residential services as early as July. Greenlight began offering FTTH service since 2008 to businesses and households and now provides affordable and reliable triple play. Along the journey, Greenlight faced a playing field tilted in favor of incumbent providers, predatory behavior from those incumbents, and dangerous legislative barriers created by… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2013

Howard County’s Expanded Composting Facility Opens on Earth Day

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

Columbia Patch, April 22, 2013 It’s easy to think nothing of throwing carrot or potato peels into the trash or down the garbage disposal. They quickly decompose. But Howard County announced on Monday that residents can participate in an expanded pilot program that composts food scrap and yard waste. A new composting facility at the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2013

Fiber to the Hilarity From Down Under

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-hilarity-down-under

Due to the many exciting developments in the U.S., we rarely have time to peek at interesting projects overseas, but Australia is experiencing a political fight over its ambitious open access network. The opposition party wants to cut the costs of the project by transforming it from a FTTH network to a FTTN project -… Continue reading

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

In Colorado, City of Durango Does Dark Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/colorado-city-durango-does-dark-fiber

This southwest Colorado community of about 17,000 contends with state barriers, but still makes the most of its fiber assets. We contacted Eric Pierson, Information Services Manager for the City of Durango, and Julie Brown, the City Finance Manager. The two shared some information on Durango’s fiber network. Currently, fifteen miles of City owned fiber run through… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2013

Google Buys Provo Community-Owned Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-buys-provo-community-owned-network

I just left the Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, where I ran into many people doing great work to ensure everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and fast Internet networks. Also while there, Google announced it had reached an agreement to offer Google Fiber in Provo by purchasing the municipal FTTH network. Provo has long… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2013

Google to Lease liNKCity Fiber in Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-lease-linkcity-fiber-missouri

Google Fiber is leasing fiber for transport from a small municipal FTTH network in North Kansas City. A recent Kansas City Business Journal article reports that Google finalized a deal with City Council for a 20-year agreement worth $3.2 million to lease fiber from liNKCity. This was more convenient for Google than laying (or attaching) its… Continue reading