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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2015

Waverly: The Next Gigabit Community in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waverly-the-next-gigabit-community-in-iowa/

Remember Waverly, Iowa? We introduced you to the town of 10,000 back in 2013 when they revived the community choice to develop a telecommunications utility. Recently in February, the Waverly Light and Power Board of Trustees approved a long awaited gigabit project reported American Public Power. According to a WLP press release, the $12 million… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/mount-vernon-mayor-local-authority-has-been-good-for-our-city/

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2015

Monica Webb Talks WiredWest on The Take Away

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/monica-webb-talks-wiredwest-on-the-take-away/

Monica Webb, long-time spokesperson and current chairman for Massachusetts’ WiredWest, recently spoke with John Hockenberry on The Take Away. Monica briefly described why the coalition of local communities chose to take control of their own connectivity with a regional municipal effort. Fittingly enough, Monica describes how she had to drive 20 minutes in order to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2015

International Media Covering NextLight Strides in Longmont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-media-covering-nextlight-strides-in-longmont/

Longmont’s NextLight is well known in the municipal networks space; now other media markets are starting to notice the most recent network in the Centennial State. CCTV America profiled the network recently, highlighting its importance to local businesses. CCTV spoke with a local tech business owner who had recently connected to the municipal network: Jon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Isleboro, Maine, Will Vote to Bond for Municipal Network in May

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/isleboro-maine-will-vote-to-bond-for-municipal-network-in-may/

Isleboro, the Maine island community of 566, will decide in May whether or not they want to bond to build a municipal fiber network, reports The Working Waterfront. The network will be owned by the town who plans to partner with GWI to operate and manage it.  Currently, about 2/3 of residents on the island… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-council-moves-forward-on-muni-project-in-ellsworth-maine/

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Grover Beach Chooses Local Partner to Improve Local Connectivity for Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/grover-beach-chooses-local-partner-to-improve-local-connectivity-for-businesses/

After several years of considering options for a municipal network, the community of Grover Beach, California, is improving local connectivity options through a collaboration with private partner Digital West.  According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the City struck a deal last fall with the local firm that will provide gigabit connectivity to local business… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2015

Want FTTH? Move to North Dakota, Reports USDA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/want-ftth-move-to-north-dakota-reports-usda/

A recent USDA report reveals that fossil fuels are not the only thing booming in North Dakota. The state ranked 47 for population is ranked number 1 as having the highest percentage of people with access to FTTH.  According to a Telecompetitor article, their status can be attributed to an abundance of rural cooperatives and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity Announces “Big Gig Challenge” Award Recipients

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/onecommunity-announces-big-gig-challenge-award-recipients/

Last fall, nonprofit ISP OneCommunity  created the “Big Gig Challenge” to jump start expansion and promote gigabit applications in northeast Ohio. The organization recently announced the winners and provided some information about their projects. The West 25th Corridor project, running through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre, and Old Brooklyn is a four mile stretch… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2015

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-article-on-economic-development-and-fiber-the-killer-app-for-local-fiber-networks/

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists,… Continue reading