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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 15 – Geoff Daily – FiberCorps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-15-geoff-daily-fibercorps

Geoff Daily is an old friend of ours at Community Broadband Networks and he joins us for our 15th installment of the Community Broadband Bits audio show. He created a nonprofit organization, FiberCorps in Lafayette, Louisiana, to maximize usage of the LUS Fiber network owned by the community. Geoff and I discuss the importance of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2012

National Association of Counties Covers South Carolina Laws to Restrict Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-association-counties-covers-south-carolina-laws-restrict-community-broadband

The National Association of Counties (NACo) gave us permission to reprint an article they recently wrote in their County News publication. NACo advocates for county governments on federal policy that impacts local decsion and local control. NACo is based in Washington, D.C. In the article, author Charles Taylor discusses the perils of Oconee and Orangeburg… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2012

Christopher Mitchell Presents for National League of Cities’ Webinar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/how-municipal-network-can-help-your-city-archive-now-available/

Christopher Mitchell recently presented at the “How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City” webinar from the National League of Cities. Along with Christopher were several other experts including Kyle Hollified, VP Sales/Marketing, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Bristol; Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in Portland, Oregon; and Colman Keane,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 1, 2012

Boulder Mayor Tells Minneapolis How They Sought Clean Energy Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/boulder-mayor-tells-minneapolis-sought-clean-energy-options/

Now’s your chance to hear how Boulder finally came to municipalization of its electric system after many futile years of trying to work with Xcel Energy to get more clean, local power. I traveled to Boulder in April 2011 to talk with their city council and grassroots groups about their struggles (video), and the citizens… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2012

FCC Chairman Genachowski Once Again Praises Muni Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-chairman-genachowski-once-again-praises-muni-broadband

Just this week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski highlighted the success of Chattanooga at a speech at VOX Media and SBNation on Winning the Global Broadband Race. From his speech (the entire speech in PDF format is available here): First, as we said in our National Broadband Plan, we need “innovation hubs” with ultra-fast broadband, with… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2012

National Association of Counties Turns to Christopher Mitchell for Info on South Carolina Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-association-counties-covers-south-carolina-laws-restrict-community-broadband/

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently analyzed South Carolina’s new telecommunications laws and, like ILSR, finds the laws have the ability to delay or even stop progressing stimulus projects. Charles Taylor of the NACo interviewed several experts in the field, including Christopher Mitchell. Taylor found that two projects in particular are in the greatest… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2012

New Book Investigates How Big Companies Like AT&T Rip Us Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-book-investigates-how-big-companies-att-rip-us

A  recent book by David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print, examines specifically how big companies have found ways to take advantage of the tax and regulatory systems to their benefit and to the detriment of consumers. The sad part – we don’t even realize it. Johnston discusses how big companies and their leaders exploit tax rules to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 28, 2012

Wired West Survey Shows Demand for Better Broadband in Rural Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-west-survey-shows-demand-better-broadband-rural-massachusetts

We have closely followed the efforts of WiredWest, the collaborative project involving 37 (and growing) towns in western Massachusetts. The group is currently collecting pre-subscription cards to show support for the project. The pre-subscription results will also assist efforts to finance the project by documenting the existing demand. Plans for the 2,000 mile fiber optic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2012

Lafayette’s Community Fiber Video Discusses Local Benefits From Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayettes-community-fiber-video-discusses-local-benefits-network

The LUS Fiber network owned by the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, was profiled in this nine minute video from the FTTH Council Conference. LUS Fiber has been an inspiring network – overcoming tremendous opposition from Cox cable and AT&T (formerly BellSouth). It has long offered what I consider to be the best deal in broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

Municipal Network SpringNet is Great for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses

On September 11th, we interviewed Todd Murren, Director of SpringNet, for our Community Bradband Bits podcast. Todd told us the story of how travel giant Expedia, chose Springfield, Missouri, as the location for their call center and how SpringNet services them with its high capacity network. Expedia originally planned on working with a large national… Continue reading