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

“Level Playing Field” Padded With Public Dollars to Private Providers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/level-playing-field-padded-public-dollars-private-providers

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It’s easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent. In its 2012 Broadband Progress Report the Federal Communications Commission counted nearly 20 million Americans (the vast majority living in rural areas) beyond the reach of broadband. The… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2013

Christopher Mitchell Speaks at FCC Gigabit Cities Workshop

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

As part of the FCC’s Gigabit Cities Challenge, the agency plans to host a series of workshops over the next several months. The workshops will focus on tools communities can use to expand connectivity, changing telecommunications policy, and will present experts from the field. Christopher Mitchell participated in the first workshop on March 26th in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2013

Opelika Builds First Full Fiber Network in Alabama – Community Broadband Bits Episode 40

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opelika-builds-first-full-fiber-network-alabama-community-broadband-bits-episode-40

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Jennifer McCain, partner of the Motive Group discuss why this Alabama town is the first to build its own fiber optic network in the state. In short, Opelika had long been fed up with the services offered by Charter Cable and Charter was not amenable to meeting the community’s needs…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2013

Princeton, Massachusetts, Considering Building Own Fiber Network

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

We recently reached out to Princeton, Massachusetts, after reading several local news articles about the city’s ambition to improve broadband in the community. Phyllis Booth of the Landmark has been covering the story. Community leaders recently mailed survey cards to every residence in town and put the survey online to provide ample opportunity for feedback…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2013

The Urge to Create

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

A recent Wired article reminded me of the first time a friend tipped me off to the then-new Red vs. Blue videos (beware salty language, adult themes). At the time, I found it hilarious and didn’t give a thought to it ever being called “The Future of TV.” Now called “machinima,” it has exploded among… Continue reading

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

The First Honest Cable Company

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-honest-cable-company

This video is really making the rounds – I have seen it on multiple lists and many have forwarded it to me. I found it hilarous, but be warned that it features salty language that may be offensive to some and is probably NSFW. Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2013

Benton Public Utility District Brings Fiber to Richland, Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/benton-public-utility-district-brings-fiber-richland-washington

Benton PUD, located in south central Washington, recently expanded its fiber foot print through Richland and Rattlesnake Mountain. The move involved a collaborative effort between the City of Richland, the Benton PUD, and the Department of Energy. According to Annette Cary of the Tri-City Herald, the expansion will bring better communications to the Hanford Nuclear… Continue reading

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

In Georgia, Tech City Opposed HB 282 With Official Resolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-tech-city-opposed-hb-282-official-resolution

We were happy to report when HB 282 failed to advance on the floor of the Georgia General Assembly House in a bipartisan vote. We were equally pleased to learn that at least one Georgia community passed an official resolution opposing the bill while it was making its way through the committee process.  Alpharetta, an… Continue reading

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

San Jose Launches Super Fast Wi-fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/san-jose-launches-super-fast-wi-fi

San Jose launched its new, publicly owned, downtown free Wi-Fi on March 14th. This is the community’s third attempt at bringing a successful free service to downtown and city officials have made much ado about the new “Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi Network.” The city teamed up with SmartWAVE Technologies and Ruckus Wireless to design and install… Continue reading

Cost of Residential Solar v. US Residential Retail
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | 1 Comment | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation

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

Solar cells are unusual in that they were cost-competitive from the get-go. From the Apollo space program to highway signs to lighting for buoys, solar could replace highly expensive power from batteries or other sources and eliminate the need for the construction of electric distribution lines.1 When the Institute for Local Self-Reliance was founded in… Continue reading