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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2013

Susan Crawford and Bill Moyers Discuss Internet Access in America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-and-bill-moyers-discuss-internet-access-america

Susan Crawford sat down with Bill Moyers to talk about Internet access in America. The two touch on net neutrality, the digital divide, and how access is now a critical component to our economic development. In the words of Bill Moyers, “This is pretty strong stuff.” Bill and Susan also talk about how we have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2013

Hey FCC: Time to Expand Unlicensed Spectrum!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hey-fcc-time-expand-unlicensed-spectrum

Remember that Washington Post story about bigger, free Wi-Fi networks? It went hugely viral with all manner of outlets picking the story up, unintentionally distorting it, and amplifying it. Some good has come of it. For one thing, I was reminded that Ars Technica does a really good job of tech reporting, better than anyone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2013

A Local Solar Energy Standard for Minnesota

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

The following presentation outlines a 10% solar energy standard to be considered by the Minnesota legislature in early 2013. It would require utilities to supply 10% of their energy sales from solar electricity – largely local, distributed solar.  It provides long-term, standard contracts to solar projects with a value of solar production-based price and a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2013

Roundup of Coverage of Georgia Bill to Slow Telecom Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roundup-coverage-georgia-bill-slow-telecom-investment

In just a few days, we have seen many articles discussing how unwise and dangerous HB 282 is for the future of economic development in Georgia. This bill will revoke local authority to decide for themselves if any public investment in telecommunications is a wise choice. We already noted coverage from DSL Reports, Free Press,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2013

Rexburg, Idaho, and Surrounding Counties Commit to Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rexburg-idaho-and-surrounding-counties-commit-feasibility-study

A collaboration between local Idaho and Wyoming counties, the town of Rexburg, Idaho, and Brigham Young University will be exploring the possibility of a community owned fiber optic network. Significant business interest in the project has contributed to the decision to move forward with a feasibility study. According to a Standard Journal article, Design Nine… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2013

Georgia Anti-Internet Bill Hearing Rescheduled for Next Week

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-anti-internet-bill-hearing-rescheduled-next-week

In the 30 hours since we learned of a bill in Georgia to revoke local authority to decide for themselves if a broadband network is a wise investment, we have seen a big response! Some of that is detailed below, but what matters for now is that HB 282 was bumped from today to next… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2013

Georgia Bill Aims to Limit Investment In Internet Networks

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

The Georgia General Assembly is considering another bill to limit investment in telecommunications networks in the state, an odd proposition when just about everyone agrees states need as much investment in these networks as possible. House Bill 282, the “Municipal Broadband Investment Act,” purports to limit the ability of public entities to invest only in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2013

Billy Ray, Community Broadband Pioneer, Joins us For Community Broadband Bits #33

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/billy-ray-community-broadband-pioneer-joins-us-community-broadband-bits-33

Glasgow was a true pioneer in community owned broadband networks, starting with its own cable plant in the 1980s. Billy Ray, CEO of Glasgow Electric Plant Board, has been an inspiration for municipal broadband networks — one can’t dig into the early history of LUS Fiber in Louisiana without running into something from Billy Ray,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2013

Harold Feld Talks Fundamentals of Telecom Policy on Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/harold-feld-podcast/

The Community Broadband Bits Podcast recently published episode #32, a talk with Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. Harold is Senior Vice President of the organization which focuses on advocating for digital rights. Harold also authors Tales of the Sausage Factory, a blog dedicated to telecom policy, software, science, technology and writing. In the February 5th… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2013

Cedar Falls Utility Increases Speeds For Free

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-utility-increases-speeds-free

Customers of Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU), in Iowa, have recently been treated to an increase in fiber Internet service speeds with no increase in price. We have reported on CFU for several years with news on its upgrades and expansions to unserved areas. The most popular CFU home service, 12/1 Mbps, is now at 16/8… Continue reading