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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2013

Moving From an Age of Internet Scarcity to Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/moving-age-internet-scarcity-abundance

The Seattle Times has published an opinion piece I wrote about the need to move from Internet access business models based on scarcity to those based on abundance. Many of us have grown accustomed to the speeds offered by modern cable networks. They aren’t particularly speedy, but we are used to them. When we find… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2013

Freedom to Connect Starts Monday, March 4

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/freedom-connect-starts-monday-march-4

Freedom to Connect starts on Monday morning, March 4, at 9 AM EST and should not be missed. If you cannot make the live event in Silver Spring, Maryland, you can join from afar. That’s right, there will be a livestream and for a $25 fee, you can join the backchannel discussion. This conference has… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2013

Community Leaders Testify Against HB 282, Bill Passes Anyway

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-leaders-testify-against-hb-282-bill-passes-anyway

Community leaders from several Georgia cities made the trek to Atlanta to oppose HB 282 on Thursday, February 28th. Opposition to this bill to limit investment in Internet networks includes community leaders, high tech companies, and citizens all over the state. Nevertheless, legislators on the House Energy, Utilities, and Telecom Committee chose to ignore the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2013

High Tech Companies Oppose Bill to Limit Internet Investment in Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/high-tech-companies-oppose-bill-limit-internet-investment-georgia

Several high tech companies and trade associations have sent a joint letter to Georgia legislators to oppose HB 282, a bill designed to limit investment in Internet Networks. The letter has already been signed by Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Atlantic Engineering, Gigabit Squared, OnTrac, FTTH Council, American Public Power Association, NATOA, SEATOA, Utilities Telecom Council, and the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2013

Three Unequal Options for Local Energy Control

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

If we ignore self-generation, three policies are at the center of increasing local control of energy: deregulation (“customer choice”), municipal aggregation (“city choice”), and municipal utilities (“city ownership”).  Two recent articles highlight the relative value of these policies quite clearly. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Illinois, a nonprofit ratepayer advocacy organization, just released a… Continue reading

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

Publicly Owned LUS Fiber Network Attracts Another Business to Lafayette

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/publicly-owned-lus-fiber-network-attracts-another-business-lafayette

We recently learned that Tapes Again, a company that specializes in media reproduction and packaging, is moving to Lafayette, Louisiana, from Boulder, Colorado. The company is leaving its 20 year home to take advantage of LUSFiber’s incredible network. According to a Business Brief from TheAdvertiser.com: Tapes Again, a company started in Boulder, Colo., more than… Continue reading

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

Atlanta Writer Looks to Chattanooga, Fears State Bill to Prevent Internet Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/atlanta-writer-looks-chattanooga-fears-state-bill-prevent-internet-investment

Chattanooga continues to receive attention because of the incredible community owned network they built for themselves. We recently came across an article from Tom Baxter of the Atlanta SaportaReport. In his article, Chattanooga: Eating our lunch in liveability, Baxter expresses the envy he feels as an Atlantan as he considers the way Chattanooga has transformed… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2013

Morristown Explains Why it Built a Fiber Network for Itself – Community Broadband Bits #35

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/morristown-explains-why-it-built-fiber-network-itself-community-broadband-bits-35

Morristown, Tennessee, is one of very few communities where anyone in town can immediately get a gigabit delivered to their home and business. General Manager and CEO Jody Wigington of the municipal electric utility, Morristown Utility Systems, joins me to discuss why they built their network and how it is has benefited the community. The… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on Feb 26, 2013

ILSR Releases New Community Networks Map

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

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has released a new interactive map showcasing 342 community owned networks throughout the United States that serve local businesses and residents. The Community Internet Map is available at MuniNetworks.org/communitymap/ Continue reading

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

LaGrange Muni Network Serves Business and Government in Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lagrange-muni-network-serves-business-and-government-georgia

As the Georgia legislature considers HB 282, a bill that will restrict local governments from investing in telecommunications networks, we are continuing coverage of the communities that will be harmed by passage of the legislation. Should the restrictions become law, existing networks will not be able to expand. No expansion means fewer opportunities to reap… Continue reading