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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2014

Missoula Pursues Open Access Fiber for Jobs – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 112

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-pursues-open-access-fiber-jobs-community-broadband-bits-podcast-112

After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year’s Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. This week, she joins me and Karen Palmer, the Director of Operations for a local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2014

Why Aren’t Rural Electric Cooperatives Champions of Local Clean Power?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rural-electric-cooperatives-champions-local-clean-power/

When it comes to ownership, there are few better structures for keeping a community’s wealth local than a cooperative. So why is it that America’s rural electric cooperatives are tethered to dirty, old coal-fired power plants instead of local-wealth generating renewable power? There are a lot of answers to this question, but it might start… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-releases-results-broadband-feasibility-study

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Bozeman Kicks Off Broadband Planning Effort

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bozeman-kicks-broadband-planning-effort

With a meeting on July 17th of city officials, local residents, institutional stakeholders, and technology consultants, Bozeman officially began its process of creating a master plan for its Broadband Initiative. The process will be lead by Design Nine, a consulting firm based in Virginia, and will include a survey of existing assets and needs, feasibility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

Huntsville Considers a Network Investment, as Its Businesses Consider Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/huntsville-considers-network-investment-its-businesses-consider-chattanooga

We reported back in June on Huntsville, Alabama’s decision to undertake feasibility study to evaluate its options for increasing next generation fiber optic internet access throughout the city. AL.com is now reporting that Huntsville Utilities hopes to hear the results of the study within 90 days, allowing it to decide whether it will take steps to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Sanford, Maine Studies Municipal Broadband Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sanford-maine-studies-municipal-broadband-deployment

Sanford, a city of about 21,000 in far southwestern Maine, is weighing its options for a limited fiber optic network. The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council has been the driving force behind the project, hiring Tilson Technology Management of Portland earlier this year to develop a Broadband Plan for Sanford. The Growth Council began exploring… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2014

Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-indiana-looks-tax-increment-financing-build-fiber-networks

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

Rural Utilities Building Broadband Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 109

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-utilities-building-broadband-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-109

If you have doubts that we can or will connect rural America with high quality Internet connections, listen to our show today. Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts, the Industry Affairs Manager at the Utilities Telecom Council, joins me to talk about how utilities are investing in the Internet connections that their communities need. Many of these utilities are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Minnesota’s Lake County Fiber Network Begins Connecting Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesotas-lake-county-fiber-network-begins-connecting-customers

The Lake County fiber network is now serving a limited number of customers in northern Minnesota. According to the Lake County News Chronicle, the network’s triple-play services are lit and bringing better connectivity to Silver Bay and Two Harbors. About 100 customers in Silver Bay take service via the network; beta testers in Two Harbors… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading