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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber Optic Network

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

Santa Monica has built a fiber network called City Net that has lowered its own costs for telecommunications, helped to retain businesses, and attracted new businesses to the community. Built incrementally without debt, it offers a roadmap any community can draw lessons from. Unlike the majority of municipal fiber networks, Santa Monica does not have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Overview of Stockholm’s Stokab – Community Broadband Bits Episode #88

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/overview-stockholms-stokab-community-broadband-bits-episode-88

Having just returned from a short trip to Sweden, Lisa Gonzalez and I discuss what I learned and how Stockholm has become one of the most connected cities on the planet. We talk about how Stockholm built a massive dark fiber network that has enabled competition at the service layer, the status of telecommunications in… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

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

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in the U.S. While Chris was there, he also spoke one-on-one with Anders Broberg, one of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

Westminster and Chanute Pass Resolutions Supporting FCC’s Authority to Remove State Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-and-chanute-pass-resolutions-supporting-fccs-authority-remove-state-barriers

In light of the recent announcement, community leaders in Maryland and Kansas are rallying behind the FCC as it considers its authority under Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. In a show of support, the Westminster Mayor and Common Council passed Resolution 14-01, a statement in support of restoring and preserving local authority to build… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

Santa Monica’s Telecommunications Master Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-monicas-telecommunications-master-plan

In 1998, Santa Monica created a Telecommunications Master Plan that has guided it for the past fifteen years in building an impressive fiber network connecting all community anchor institutions and many business districts. We have just released a case study detailing this effort, entitled: Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

New Hampshire’s Bill Would Allow Munis to Bond for Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshires-bill-would-allow-munis-bond-open-access

A recent in-depth article from the Keene Sentinel updates us on the status of New Hampshire’s HB 286, which would expand bonding authority for local governments. New Hampshire law currently restricts bonding authority for Internet infrastructure to towns with no access to the Internet, but nearly all communities have at least some slow broadband access… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2014

Krugman Calls out the Barons of Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/krugman-calls-out-barons-broadband

We should probably be thanking Comcast for its attempt to take over Time Warner Cable. It has inspired a shocking amount of vitriol against the cable monopolies, including an entertaining but NSFW video with strong language from Funny or Die. Whereas people were largely content to mostly silently hate Comcast and Time Warner Cable separately,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2014

Five Reasons Solar’s Win Over Gas in Minnesota is Just the Beginning

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

Solar advocates were popping corks when a New Year’s Eve ruling by an administrative law judge in Minnesota said that distributed solar arrays were a more cost-effective resource than natural gas to meet Xcel Energy’s peak power needs. The energy media were aflutter for weeks, but many missed the bigger significance. If solar trumps gas… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2014

Utah Senate Bill Attacking UTOPIA on the Fast Track: SB190

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utah-senate-bill-attacking-utopia-fast-track-sb190

UPDATE: According to Pete Ashdown, the amendment has been pulled. Stay vigilant, these things rarely just go away. We reported earlier this month that UTOPIA was once again facing legislative attack at the state level in the form of HB60. While the House has focused on other issues, the Utah Senate is launching its own… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2014

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/increasing-call-community-owned-networks

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond… Continue reading