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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2014

Louisiana and Michigan Towns Pass Resolutions to Support Municipal Network Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/louisiana-and-michigan-towns-pass-resolutions-support-municipal-network-authority

Two more communities have gone on the record as supporting local authority for telecommunications infrastructure investment. Communities in Vidalia and Sebewaing passed resolutions supporting the FCC’s efforts to use its authority to discourage, prevent, and remove state barriers. Vidalia, on the west side of the Mississippi in Louisiana, recently began offering free Wi-Fi in its new… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2014

Vidalia’s Broadband Initiative Moves Forward as Free Wi-Fi Comes to Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vidalias-broadband-initiative-moves-forward-free-wi-fi-comes-town

Vidalia’s plans to offer free Wi-Fi are becoming reality. The Natchez Democrat recently reported that the City launched its free Wi-Fi in its new municipal complex. Vidalia received a $30,000 grant from the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) Foundation to invest in a wireless network to cover the complex. Apparently, visitors to the complex were often surprised… Continue reading

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

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-efforts-will-bring-free-wi-fi-vidalia/

A growing number of local municipalities are finding ways to offer fee Wi-Fi. Vidalia is the latest according to a recent Miami Herald article. Community leaders hope to launch the new service by the spring of 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, originally planned to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2013

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-efforts-will-bring-free-wi-fi-vidalia-louisiana

Vidalia joins the growing list of communities with plans to offer free Wi-Fi. A recent Miami Herald article reports on recent plans. Community leaders hope to get the project ready for launch in spring 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, hoped to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to build… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Jim Baller Returns for Vol 3 of Muni Network History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #67

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-returns-vol-3-muni-network-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-67

We are excited to continue our history series with Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Firm. This is Jim’s third time on the program, having joined us for Episode 57 and Episode 63. We continue our discussion with a recap of the events of 2004, including Jim’s work with Lafayette to find a compromise… Continue reading

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

Publicly Owned LUS Fiber Network Attracts Another Business to Lafayette

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/publicly-owned-lus-fiber-network-attracts-another-business-lafayette

We recently learned that Tapes Again, a company that specializes in media reproduction and packaging, is moving to Lafayette, Louisiana, from Boulder, Colorado. The company is leaving its 20 year home to take advantage of LUSFiber’s incredible network. According to a Business Brief from TheAdvertiser.com: Tapes Again, a company started in Boulder, Colo., more than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2012

Lafayette Republicans and Democrats Joined Forces for Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayette-republicans-and-democrats-joined-forces-fiber

Earlier this year, we published a case study that examined the LUS Fiber network and its origins. In it, we noted that both Republicans and Democrats backed the plan but here we focus on their resolutions in support. Back in early 2005, Lafayette was preparing for a referendum on whether the city owned utility should… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2012

ILSR Releases New Public Savings Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-releases-new-public-savings-fact-sheet/

This new resource shares real world examples of public savings directly connected to municipal networks. Publicly owned broadband networks provide opportunities for local savings to taxpayers. Local and regional governments find new and unexpected ways to cut costs when they build their own next-generation networks. In addition to saving connectivity fees for administrative facilities, local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 19 – John St. Julien from Lafayette

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-19-john-st-julien-lafayette

Today we invited John St. Julien, of Lafayette Pro Fiber fame, on episode 19 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. John was an essential piece of the organizing effort in Lafayette’s efforts to build its own community fiber network. In many ways, he has worked to ensure the “community” piece is emphasized over the “fiber”… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 15 – Geoff Daily – FiberCorps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-15-geoff-daily-fibercorps

Geoff Daily is an old friend of ours at Community Broadband Networks and he joins us for our 15th installment of the Community Broadband Bits audio show. He created a nonprofit organization, FiberCorps in Lafayette, Louisiana, to maximize usage of the LUS Fiber network owned by the community. Geoff and I discuss the importance of… Continue reading