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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2014

Plan for FTTH in Chanute Looking Positive in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/plan-ftth-chanute-looking-positive-kansas

Chanute has been exploring available options for a citywide FTTH network. In addition to offering residential service, city leaders want to expand the business use of its municipal fiber network. A limited number of businesses currently join schools, government, and utilities on the fiber infrastructure. The community incrementally built a fiber network to serve government,… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/price-renewables-san-diegos-fight-community-choice-episode-23-local-energy-rules/

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Monticello Public Partners Light Up Fiber in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-public-partners-light-fiber-illinois

Kids in the Monticello Community Unified School District #25 (CUSD #25) are now enjoying a new publicly owned fiber optic network. The School District is one of four public partners that collaborated to install the network and share the $306,000 in deployment costs. The City of Monticello, Piatt County, and the Allerton Public Library began… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Basics of Community Networks Video

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

Every now and then, we like to repost this video for those who may not have seen it yet – a brief introduction to community owned networks. This, and many more videos, are available on our archived videos page. Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2014

Webinar from the Blandin Foundation and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-blandin-foundation-and-institute-local-self-reliance-june-12

The Blandin Foundation will be offering a webinar featuring Chris Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Thursday, June 12 from 3 – 4 p.m. central time. The discussion, titled “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access,” will include lessons learned from communities such as Lac qui Parle County, Windom, and several other… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2014

Gigabit in Lafayette From Community Fiber Now $70/Month

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-lafayette-community-fiber-now-70month

LUS Fiber recently announced it now offers residential symmetrical gigabit services for $69.95 per month when purchased as part of its triple-play. In addition to the new speed tier, LUS Fiber will double speeds for current customers for a modest increase of $5 per month. Claire Taylor of the Advertiser reports that every customer will… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2014

Understanding Title II and Network Neutrality – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #101

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-title-ii-and-network-neutrality-community-broadband-bits-podcast-101

With all of the recent media discussions around network neutrality, reclassification, and “Title II,” we decided to spend this week talking with Matt Wood, Policy Director for Free Press to simplify some key issues. For all the hub-bub around reclassification and dramatic claims that it represents some kind of fundamental policy shift, the truth is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Shaker Heights Considers Expanding Fiber in Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shaker-heights-considers-expanding-fiber-ohio

The Shaker Heights City Council is considering expanding an existing fiber network, reports Cleveland.com. The project would allow OneCommunity, the nonprofit managing a regional fiber network, access to the city’s rights-of-way for 15 years. OneCommunity, created in 2003, received a $44 million broadband stimulus award to extend fiber in northeast Ohio. The organization’s network spans… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Chris Visits With Kevin Reese and Margaret Flowers on Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-visits-kevin-reese-and-margaret-flowers-network-neutrality

Christopher recently joined Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for an interview on the “Clearing the Fog” radio show. Kevin and Margaret also spoke with Mary Alice Crim from the Free Press. From the show page: We discuss the FCC’s plan to eliminate net neutrality on May 15. FCC chair Tom Wheeler will be deciding on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Broadband—Free Webinar June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/breaking-barriers-community-broadband-free-webinar-june-12/

Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network. Click to Register   Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for… Continue reading