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ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2015

Richmond to Expand Free Indoor Wi-Fi Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/richmond-to-expand-free-indoor-wi-fi-network/

Techwire,  July 24, 2015 In Richmond, Calif., hundreds of low-income residents log on to the city’s free Wi-Fi network every day. The network was launched spring 2014 in the city’s Iron Triangle neighborhood through a $500,000 California Emerging Technology Fund grant. The city reports 300 to 400 devices have accessed the network consistently since launch,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2015

Santa Monica cited as model city for broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/santa-monica-cited-as-model-city-for-broadband/

Santa Monica Daily Press, July 16, 2015 The City of Santa Monica was highlighted in a new policy agenda from Next Century Cities as a model of how best to develop a high-quality broadband network. “Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders” cites the City of Santa Monica as an example of… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2015

Here’s What High-Speed Municipal Broadband Looks Like in a Town 200 Miles Away. Let’s Do This, Seattle.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/heres-what-high-speed-municipal-broadband-looks-like-in-a-town-200-miles-away-lets-do-this-seattle/

The Stranger, July 14, 2015 Wondering what a city wired with its own democratically controlled fiber internet network looks like? Look no further than the town of Sandy, 30 miles outside of Portland, where subscribers get gigabit speed connections from the city for $60 per month: There are several takeaways here: 1. Comcast and CenturyLink… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2015

Comcast Gigabit Internet Service Will Cost $299 Per Month

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comcast-gigabit-internet-service-will-cost-299-per-month/

WABE Radio, July 14, 2015 Comcast is now offering residential customers its high-speed fiber Internet service.  It’s one of the fastest and most expensive Internet options for residential customers in Atlanta.  Gigabit Pro will cost $299 per month with a $500 installation fee and a $500 activation fee. The promotional price is $159. Comcast’s Alex Horowitz… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2015

Cities, Counties Opting Out of Restrictive Colorado Broadband Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-counties-opting-out-of-restrictive-colorado-broadband-law/

Communications Daily, July 13, 2015 Colorado’s cities and towns are responding in a variety of ways to the state’s 2005 law restricting a municipality’s right to build out its own broadband network. While that law in some form isn’t unique to Colorado, the difference is that it allows local governments to opt out with a ballot… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2015

Sandy is nationwide example of city owned Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sandy-is-nationwide-example-of-city-owned-internet/

KOIN TV, July 10, 2015 SANDY, Ore. — The city of Sandy is providing city owned, high speed Internet to its residents. It’s something many cities are considering and something that has been a financial disaster for others.  In Sandy, officials said the investment is already paying off. Construction and hookups are expected to be… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2015

IREA floats tariff plan to tap customers “causing us to lose money”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/irea-floats-tariff-plan-to-tap-customers-causing-us-to-lose-money/

Denver Post, July 8, 2015 The board of Intermountain Rural Electric Association, Colorado’s biggest electric cooperative, is proposing a new — and potentially groundbreaking — tariff to deal with the growth of rooftop solar in its service area. The board agreed Tuesday to present the plan, which involves adding a charge for systems that do… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2015

Will Maine Create a $500 Municipal Broadband Fund?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/will-maine-create-a-500-municipal-broadband-fund/

Government Technology, June 25, 2015 The state of Maine is firmly committed to municipal broadband — it just doesn’t want to pay for it. If Maine Gov. Paul LePage signs LD1185, the state will create a new fund that would endeavor to provide residents with a wider array of high-speed broadband providers in the coming… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, newenergy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Press Release: Public Rooftop Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/press-release-public-rooftop-revolution/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews rebecca@ILSR.org (612) 808-0689 Public Rooftop Revolution In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date—on municipal property, with little to no upfront cash.   Solar energy is in the… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2015

North Carolina sues FCC over municipal broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/north-carolina-sues-fcc-over-municipal-broadband/

IndyWeek, May 20, 2015 The lawsuit—technically, a “petition for review”—the state of North Carolina filed in federal court last week is, for a case rooted in weighty constitutional matters, fairly short, just two-and-a-half pages. The argument is straightforward enough: The Federal Communications Commission overstepped its constitutional bounds earlier this year when it preempted a state… Continue reading