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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2013

Nebraska Town Creates Fiber Partnership For Schools, City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/nebraska-town-creates-fiber-partnership-schools-city

Fremont Public Schools and the City of Fremont are joining forces to bring better connectivity to students and government. According to a Fremont Tribune article, work has already started on a fiber optic project that will increase bandwidth for both entities. Fremont is a few miles northwest of Omaha and checks in with over 25,000… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2013

Georgia Mayor: “I Hate to Think What Our Community Would Be Like Without Our Network”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-mayor-i-hate-think-what-our-community-would-be-without-our-network

Recently on Gigabit Nation, host Craig Settles visited with Mayor Max Beverly from Thomasville, Georgia. As our readers know, the Georgia General Assembly is again considering a bill to limit municipal efforts to bring connectivity to local residents and businesses. That bill is currently scheduled to be heard on Tuesday afternoon, 2/26, but many people… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under General | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2013

ILSR’s Mother Earth News Columns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-mother-earth-news-columns-1977-1983/

Back in 1977 Mother Earth News asked ILSR to write a column called Local Self-Reliance.  Over the next several years we ended up writing more than three dozen. Rereading them after all these years, we’re struck by how current they seem.  Back then we were identifying pioneering communities that were establishing solar utilities, expanding recycling,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2013

Chattanooga’s Network On Knoxville News

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

We recently came across a news report from Knoxville’s WBIR. The video touches on how the city has gone from a town that used to rely on the choo-choo to a metropolitan wonder that flies over fiber optic cables. Walter Cronkite called Chattanooga the “dirtiest city in America” but the network is transforming it into… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2013

OneCommunity Helps More Ohio Towns Take Advantage of Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunity-helps-more-ohio-towns-take-advantage-fiber

In Cuyahoga County, OneCommunity is leading the effort of upgrade the County’s networking ability. With a special focus on improving pubic safety, the project is estimated to save the county $10 million over the next 5 years. From the OneCommunity blog: The project provides high-bandwidth connectivity and secure video conferencing to more than 60 county… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2013

Kentuckians Once Again Fighting to Keep Landlines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentuckians-once-again-fighting-keep-landlines

Last year, we reported on the failed SB 135, which would have eliminated the “carrier of last resort” requirement in the state. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Paul Hornback would have let AT&T decide who could receive basic telephone service and would have limited consumer protections. Last year’s bill did not become law, but… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2013

Steve Johnson: Episode 3 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/steve-johnson-episode-3-local-energy-rules-podcast/

In this edition of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell and Wade Underwood speak with Steve Johnson of Convergence Energy about a successful 660 kilowatt community solar project near Delavan, WI.  The project required 33 separate LLCs to take advantage of the state’s net metering rules, and also used the limited-time federal cash grant program to… Continue reading