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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2014

2014 IAMU Broadband Conference Fast Approaching

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/2014-iamu-broadband-conference-fast-approaching

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is presenting the 2014 IAMU Broadband Conference on March 26 – 27. The event will be held at the Ramada Tropics and Resort Center in downtown Des Moines. (Psst! Take your swimsuit – there is a water park in the Resort Center!) Christopher Mitchell will be presenting on March… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2013

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/look-mediacom-propaganda-emmetsburg-iowa

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Cedar Falls Schools Get 1 Gig from Cedar Falls Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-schools-get-1-gig-cedar-falls-utilities

As of December 2, students and staff in Cedar Falls schools have access to 1 gig Internet service from Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU). The WCF Courier reports that the Board of Education recently decided to switch from the Iowa Communications Network (ICN): Doug Nefzger, the district’s financial officer, said though Des Moines-based ICN has been a… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

The #1 Solar Utility is in…Iowa? – Episode 12 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/1-solar-utility-in-iowa-episode-12-local-energy-rules/

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer… 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 filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2013

Election Day 2013 Community Owned Network Referendum Roundup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/election-day-2013-community-owned-network-referendum-roundup

Starting with the good news, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly supported municipal network intiatives. Longmont voted 2:1 in favor of bonding to fast track network expansion. We have covered this issue in great depth recently. Read all of our coverage of Longmont here. The local paper covered the referendum results in this story: 2B’s passage means… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

As Emmetsburg Plans to Vote on Muni Network, Mediacom Misinforms

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/emmetsburg-plans-vote-muni-network-mediacom-misinforms

The Iowa community of 4,000 will take up Public Measure D on November 5th. Voters will decided whether to approve a $3.5 million bond issue to cover approximately half the cost to build a FTTH system. Incumbent Mediacom is distributing flyers throughout the community urging a “no” vote. Community leaders are doing their best to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2013

Indianola’s Community Network Spurs Entrepreneurship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianolas-community-network-spurs-entrepreneurship

When Indianola decided to invest in a municipal fiber network, the decision was part of a larger economic development plan that included a startup incubator in partnership with Simpson College - which we wrote about earlier this year. Located near Des Moines in Iowa, Indianola is one of a few communities that has partnered with a local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2013

Iowa Municipal Utilities on Gigabit Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/iowa-municipal-utilities-gigabit-nation

We were glad to hear our friend, Curtis Dean of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities join Craig Settles on his Gigabit Nation Internet Radio show. Listen below to learn more about what local utilities are doing to help their communities thrive in the digital age. Current Internet Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with cjspeaks… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2013

Mudd Advertising and Cedar Falls Utility Talk Gigabit Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mudd-advertising-and-cedar-falls-utility-talk-gigabit-broadband

As we reported back in May, Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) now offers citywide gigabit broadband. Mudd Advertising is one local company poised to take full advantage of the new blazing speeds. Mudd invited officials from CFU into its studio for a live panel discussion about the new gigabit service and what it means for the… Continue reading