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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

Holly Springs Finds Savings with Muni Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 107

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/holly-springs-finds-savings-muni-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-107

Holly Springs, a town of about 25,000 in the Triangle region of North Carolina, has built its own network to connect community anchor institutions and has an interest in using it to spur economic development and other community benefits but a 2011 law pushed by Time Warner Cable makes some of that more difficult. City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Early Lessons from Longmont – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 106

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-lessons-longmont-community-broadband-bits-podcast-106

Longmont is about to break ground on the citywide FTTH gigabit network but it is already offering services to local businesses and a few neighborhoods that started as pilot projects. Vince Jordan, previously a guest two years ago, is back to update us on their progress. Until recently, Vince was the Telecom Manager for Longmont… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2014

Reflections on Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 105

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-community-broadband-bits-podcast-105

With so many people on vacation this week for Independence Day, we decided to take it easy and reflect on my trip to Colorado to discuss rural broadband at the Mountain Connect conference. Lisa and I reflect on the event and what other states can learn from Colorado. Though the Colorado legislature previously bowed to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2014

KGNU From Boulder Interviews Chris for Independent Colorado Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kgnu-boulder-interviews-chris-independent-colorado-radio

KGNU from Boulder recently interviewed Chris on It’s the Economy. This 27 minute interview is a crash course in all the intertwined topics that have the telecom policy crowd buzzing. Host Gavin Dahl asked Chris about SB 152, the 2005 Colorado statute that constricted local authority and has prevented communities in that state from investing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2014

Fiber as Real Estate – Allied Fiber on Episode 104 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-real-estate-allied-fiber-episode-104-community-broadband-bits-podcast

I recall first hearing about Alled Fiber a few years back and not thinking much about it. It seemed like another operator focused on connecting wireless towers and building long haul fiber… but then I heard Hunter Newby’s presentation at Mountain Connect in Colorado. When he noted the need to have infrastructure that financiers could… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 17, 2014

A Short CLIC Background – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 103

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/short-clic-background-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-103

This week, Lisa and I discuss the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, that was announced last week. This is a short episode that aims to answer some of the common questions about CLIC, including why we felt it was necessary to create this coalition now. You can still sign up to become a member… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Illinois’ Monticello Local Partnership Leads to Big Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 102

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/illinois-monticello-local-partnership-leads-big-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-102

Following up on Lisa’s in-depth story on Monticello, Illinois, we asked Vic Zimmerman to join us for episode 102 of the Community Broadband Bits. We talk about how rural Monticello started by reaching out to the existing service providers, only to be stalled for months and then years. Eventually they realized they would have to… 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 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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

Story Behind Westminster’s Pending Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 100

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/story-behind-westminsters-pending-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast

For our 100th episode, we are excited to share a conversation with Dr. Robert Wack, city council member and driving force behind a planned open access fiber network in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster has just decided that instead of a fiber pilot project, they are going to move ahead with the first phase of a larger… Continue reading