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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

City of Urbana Passes Resolution Supporting FCC Section 706 Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-urbana-passes-resolution-supporting-fcc-section-706-authority

The Illinois community of Urbana, home of UC2B, recently passed a resolution in favor of FCC’s section 706 authority. The community’s fiber project is bridging the digital divide in this community of 41,000. On March 17, the City Council voted unanimously to support the FCC as it considers action to discourage, prevent, and remove state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2014

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onlight-aurora-partners-city-better-connectivity-illinois

Nine years ago, Aurora officials decided it was time to reduce telecommunications costs and upgrade to a faster, more reliable network. The local government built a fiber network to service municipal government, but developed long-term ideas for the network to benefit the entire community. Nonprofit OnLight Aurora now uses the City’s fiber optic network to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2014

White Space Pilot Project Brings Basic Internet From Library to Residents … For Free!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/white-space-pilot-project-brings-basic-internet-library-residents-%E2%80%A6-free

The Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) has orchestrated a pilot project to optimize white space technology for connectivity in and near community libraries and schools. We discussed this approach on our most recent podcast with Don Means, coordinator of the project. White spaces wireless, sometimes referred to as “Super Wi-Fi” or “TVWS,” can provide limited access in… 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 filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 27, 2013

Small Illinois City Plans to Light Fiber Network By 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-illinois-city-plans-light-fiber-network-2014

Monticello anticipates firing up its own fiber network by the start of 2014. The News-Gazette reports the town of 5,300 plans to use the network to serve government offices.  The City, Piatt County, Monticello Community Unit School District #25, and the Allerton Public Library District collaborated to share costs for the installation. The four entities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2013

UC2B Saves Public Money With Better Broadband in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-saves-public-money-better-broadband-illinois

The City of Champaign is now celebrating the transition to the UC2B fiber network. With underground fiber lines, the City will no longer be plagued by weather related interruptions. Champaign is also counting on significant savings on a network that is more than 1000 times faster than the old connections. From the City of Champaign… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2013

Evanston, Illinois, to Dabble in Community Owned Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/evanston-illinois-dabble-community-owned-connectivity

Evanston, Illinois, home to Northwestern University, has decided to expand its fiber network in a new project to connect residents and businesses in a targeted area. In 2012, the city and NU joined forces to apply for an Illinois Gigabit Community grant and the pair won the award this past January. Together, the entities won… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2013

Leadership Panel Set For November Broadband Communities Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/leadership-panel-set-november-broadband-communities-conference

In November 2012, Broadband Communities Magazine hosted the first of its Economic Development Conference Series in Danville, Virginia. The second conference, scheduled for November 5-7, 2013, will bring another group of leaders together in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. This year, the conference will focus on the Midwest with discussions about Illinois, Indiana,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2013

Catching Up on UC2B in Illinois – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #42

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-uc2b-illinois-community-broadband-bits-podcast-42

The home of the first web browser (Mosiac) is now building an exciting open access network – the twin cities of Urbana-Champaign received a stimulus award for UC2B (2B = Big Broadband). Episode #42 of Community Broadband Bits features Carol Ammons of the U-C Indepedent Media Center and Brandon Bowersox-Johnson, who is on the policy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2013

UC2B in Urbana-Champaign Tackles Digital Divide With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-urbana-champaign-tackles-digital-divide-network-revenue

The UC2B project broke ground in the fall of 2011 and is a joint effort by the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois. The project is funded with a $22.5 million federal stimulus grant, a $3 million grant from the state of Illinois, and a list of other grants from local agencies. From… Continue reading