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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-shares-lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-private-sector-cable-competition/

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post is available here and focuses on the benefits massive cable companies already have as well… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

ILSR and Collaborators File Comments in FCC’s E-rate Proceedings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-collaborators-file-comments-fcc/

ILSR, the Consumer’s Union, and Common Cause recently filed comments with the FCC as it examines E-rate. The agency’s Wireline Competition Bureau is currently reviewing the E-rate program for Schools and Libraries. The program provides funding from the Universal Services Fund to help schools and libraries pay for Internet access and other telecommunications services. The… Continue reading

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

Washington Post Covers Big Longmont Referendum Victory

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-post-covers-big-longmont-referendum-victory

Last week, we were excited by the results of Longmont’s referendum, but we sure weren’t alone. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung wrote, “Big Cable may have felled Seattle’s mayor, but it couldn’t stop this Colo. project.”  Our regular readers know that Comcast succeeded in defeating the Longmont measure in 2009 but the electoral would not be… 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 Oct 29, 2013

Longmont Referendum: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-referendum-havent-we-been-here

November 5th probably seems like deja vu for the people of Longmont, Colorado. For the third time, the voters will respond to a ballot question that will impact their community’s connectivity. Past referendums addressed whether or not the community could use its fiber ring for connecting businesses and residents. They now have that authority. This… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

Comic: Longmont to Decide on Fiber Bonds by Referendum November 5th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comic-longmont-decide-fiber-bonds-referendum-november-5th/

On November 5th, citizens of Longmont will vote on a referendum determining whether to expedite building a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network by issuing revenue bonds, a process that would speed up the build by several decades.  The network is being built by Longmont Power and Communications, a city-owned utility north of Denver, Colorado…. 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 Aug 22, 2013

Longmont Friends of Fiber Rallies Supporters, Preps for Referendum Fight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-friends-fiber-rallies-supporters-preps-referendum-fight

Longmont’s City Council and municipal power and communications utility are getting serious about bringing fiber to the people. We reported earlier this month about the decision to allow voters to decide how fast they want that next generation network. Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) already plan to expand the existing network to households and businesses… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2013

Longmont to Vote a 3rd Time on Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-vote-3rd-time-fiber-network

The Longmont community will soon have the chance to decide how quickly they want ubiquitous FTTH. On July 23rd, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to ask voters in a referendum if they want to bond for funds to speed up construction of the LPC fiber network. Absent bond financing, the network will expand… Continue reading