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Featured filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/all-hands-on-deck-mn/

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological advances make the original benchmarks increasingly obsolete. But some Minnesota communities are significantly exceeding those… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2014

Minnesota Local Governments Advance Super Fast Internet Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-local-governments-advance-super-fast-internet-networks/

As in much of rural America, communities in Greater Minnesota struggle with connectivity. Some areas have no choice at all, forced to rely on dial-up or slow DSL. Others have an incumbent cable provider. A few local community leaders in Minnesota, conscious of the need for broadband to save public dollars, encourage economic development, and… Continue reading

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

Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/financing-municipal-networks-fact-sheet/

This fact sheet provides information on the most common ways local communities finance their municipal networks. When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each community is unique but three main methods of financing are most popular. This fact sheet… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber Optic Network

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

Santa Monica has built a fiber network called City Net that has lowered its own costs for telecommunications, helped to retain businesses, and attracted new businesses to the community. Built incrementally without debt, it offers a roadmap any community can draw lessons from. Unlike the majority of municipal fiber networks, Santa Monica does not have… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-speaks-sweden/

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in the U.S. While Chris was there, he also spoke one-on-one with Anders Broberg, one of… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/barry-lynn-talks-monopolies/

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Building Community Broadband Access Policy Brief

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/building-community-broadband-access-policy-brief/

ILSR and the Center for Popular Democracy now offer the Building Community Access Policy Brief. We teamed up with CPD to bring you a fact sheet that succinctly describes our country’s problem with unequal access to broadband. The fact sheet also offers basic solutions that can facilitate development of publicly owned networks. In addition to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Public Access Media and Community Owned Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #81

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/public-access-media-and-community-owned-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-81

After a listener suggested we do a show on the modern role of public access media, we decided to reach out to Mike Wassenaar, now a senior development officer at Free Press and formerly the Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a great example of the promise of public access. Mike and I talk… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 7, 2014

Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 80

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/justifying-network-indirect-cost-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-80

Today, Lisa and I are joined by Eric Lampland for a discussion of how a community could justify building a community owned network from the indirect benefits that it would create, including the savings that each household realizes from competition driving down prices. Eric Lampland is the CEO and principal consultant of Lookout Point Communications,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2013

Don Means on Libraries and White Spaces – Community Broadband Bits Episode 79

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/don-means-libraries-and-white-spaces-community-broadband-bits-episode-79

This week, Don Means joins us to talk about public libraries, their role in the modern era, and an interesting pilot project involving several libraries and white spaces wireless technology. Don is the coordinator of the Gigabit Libraries Network and has a passion for both libraries and expanding Internet access to all. We offer some… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 24, 2013

Bob Frankston Encore Interview – Community Broadband Bits Episode #78

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bob-frankston-encore-interview-community-broadband-bits-episode-78

For those looking for our weekly podcast over the holiday break, we decided to recut one of our early interviews with Bob Frankston, a favorite of Lisa’s, and put it back in the feed. We ran the original interview for episode 14 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast and again now for episode 78. Frankston… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2013

In Indiana, Auburn Built Fiber Network Incrementally – Community Broadband Bits Episode 77

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indiana-auburn-built-fiber-network-incrementally-community-broadband-bits-episode-77

When a major employer in Auburn, a town of 13,000 in northeast Indiana, told the local government that it would have to move jobs to a different location unless it had improved Internet access, the local government first encouraged it to work with the telephone company. But when that telephone company, headquartered far from Auburn,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Solar Powered Wireless on the Reservation – Community Broadband Bits Episode #76

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/solar-powered-wireless-reservation-community-broadband-bits-episode-76

When it comes to building a community owned wireless network, few have more experience than Matthew Rantanen, our guest for the Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. Rantanen has an impressive list of titles, two of which are Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Cedar Falls Shows Long Term Muni Network Success: Community Broadband Bits Episode #75

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-shows-long-term-muni-network-success-community-broadband-bits-episode-75

Cedar Falls Utilities operates one of the oldest community owned networks in the nation. It started as a cable network in the 90′s, upgraded to FTTH recently, and this year began offering the first citywide gigabit service in Iowa. CFU Communication Sales Manager Kent Halder and Network Services Manager Rob Houlihan join me for Community… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013

Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network: Community Broadband Bits Episode #74

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/billy-ray-origins-first-muni-broadband-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-74

Last month, we unveiled a video teaser of our interviews in Glasgow, Kentucky over the summer regarding its municipal broadband network. This week our podcast features a few clips from those interviews with Billy Ray, the Superintendent of Glasgow’s Electric Plant Board. He offers more context on the history of their network, including how they… Continue reading