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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2014

Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning: Webcast Archive Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connected-communities-age-digital-learning-webcast-archive-available

On February 27, the New America Foundation presented the live webcast, “Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning: A Vision for a 21st Century E-rate Program.” The webcast addressing the modernization of the E-rate program is now archived and available to view. As technology advances, schools must find ways to keep up. At the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Save the White Spaces! From Public Knowledge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/save-white-spaces-public-knowledge

The FCC is now contemplating how much newly freed spectrum to retain for public use and how much to auction off to private companies for their exclusive use. Public Knowledge is leading the effort to ensure we retain enough shared spectrum to unleash more innovation and public benefits rather than simply padding the profits of… Continue reading

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

Colorado and Mississippi Test White Space Technology

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/colorado-and-mississippi-test-white-space-technology

We recently reported on the WhiteSpaces Pilot Project from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN). In order to find out the results in the trenches, we contacted two participant communities: Delta County, Colorado and Pascagoula, Mississippi. The project connects libraries with vendors that supply equipment tapping into what has been television spectrum, or “white spaces.” A… 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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2013

Longmont Prepares to Vote on Fiber Bonds – Community Broadband Bits Episode #68

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-prepares-vote-fiber-bonds-community-broadband-bits-episode-68

As Longmont prepares to vote on November 5, we are paying special attention to question 2B, which will authorize the city utility to issue revenue bonds to finance the FTTH network already being built. The successful referendum from 2011 gave the City authority to build the network and this referendum, if successful, will finance a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2013

Broadband for Schools and Libraries on the Agenda at Oct. 1 SHLB Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-schools-and-libraries-agenda-oct-1-shlb-event

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) will present a webcast via BroadbandUS.TV tomorrow, October 1. The event focuses on broadband in schools and libraries. The webcast, titled The Importance of High-Capacity Bandwidth for Schools and Libraries runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.  Presenters from schools, libraries, vendors, and broadband coalitions will… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2013

Metronet Zing’s Dark Fiber Saves Big Bucks in South Bend

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/metronet-zings-dark-fiber-saves-big-bucks-south-bend

Indiana’s Metronet Zing winds its way through South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County providing dark fiber service to businesses, government and education. The project started as an economic development initiative when community leaders in the area realized that the high cost and lack of high-speed connectivity in the area kept businesses away. Project Future, the economic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2013

Centennial, Colorado: Voters To Decide on Authority to Build Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centennial-colorado-voters-decide-authority-build-fiber-network

The people of Centennial, Colorado, will have the opportunity to vote this fall on the option to allow their city to provide indirect telecommunications services. Located south of Denver in the metro area, Centennial has over 100,000 residents. Recently, the City Council unanimously approved the following ballot question for the upcoming elections. The city press… Continue reading