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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2014

State of Minnesota’s Border to Border Broadband Fund – Community Broadband Bits Episode 119

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/state-minnesotas-border-border-broadband-fund-community-broadband-bits-episode-119

Earlier, this year, the Minnesota Legislature established a “Border to Border” Broadband fund to expand Internet access to the least connected in the state. Senator Matt Schmit and Representative Erik Simonson led the effort to establish the fund that is now administered by Danna Mackenzie. All three of them join us this week to discuss… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2014

Will Clean Local Energy Grow? A Novel City-Utility Partnership Sprouts in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/grow-city-utility-partnership-sprouts-minneapolis/

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, next Monday the Minneapolis City Council makes a monumental decision on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

New Report Details Local Government Efforts to Improve Minnesota Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-report-details-local-government-efforts-improve-minnesota-connectivity

In our latest report, All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access, we analyze how local governments in 12 Minnesota communities are expanding 21st century Internet access to their citizens. In 2010, the Minnesota legislature set a goal for 2015 – universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state…. Continue reading

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Featured filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/all-hands-on-deck-mn/

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological advances make the original benchmarks increasingly obsolete. But some Minnesota communities are significantly exceeding those… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Dakota County is Fiber Rich Thanks to Dig Once Approach – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 117

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dakota-county-fiber-rich-thanks-dig-once-approach-community-broadband-bits-podcast-117

Calls for “dig once” policies have resonated for years. The general idea is that we can more fiber and conduit in the ground at lower prices if we coordinate to include them in various projects that already disturb the ground. In the south Twin Cities metro in Minnesota, Dakota County has been tweaking its dig… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2014

Minnesota Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns Show Shortcomings of Large Scale Power Generation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-nuclear-plant-cost-overruns-highlight-risk-centralized-climate-solutions/

With the rich history of cost overruns in the nuclear industry, Xcel Energy and Minnesota regulators probably shouldn’t have been surprised when the retrofit cost to the Monticello nuclear power plant ballooned to more than twice the original estimate late last year. Regulators are asking tough questions about whether the cost overruns are the responsibility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2014

Austin, Minnesota Releases Fiber Network Feasibility Study Results

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/austin-minnesota-releases-fiber-network-feasibility-study-results

Austin has been thinking about getting a gig for a while now. The city of 25,000 near Minnesota’s southern border had campaigned to be picked for the initial Google Fiber deployment, but was disappointed when Google selected Kansas City instead in 2011. As with some other cities around the country, however, the high profile Google… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

A Few Weeds in Minnesota Decision to Allow Community Solar Gardens to Grow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/weeds-minnesota-decision-community-solar-gardens-grow/

Late last week, Minnesota regulators made a decision that may finally allow community solar projects to move forward (for Xcel Energy customers) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, the Public Utilities Commission decision also highlighted the shortcomings of the legislature’s distributed solar policy adopted in 2013. What was missing? Minnesota’s increasingly well-known “value of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Minnesota’s Lake County Fiber Network Begins Connecting Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesotas-lake-county-fiber-network-begins-connecting-customers

The Lake County fiber network is now serving a limited number of customers in northern Minnesota. According to the Lake County News Chronicle, the network’s triple-play services are lit and bringing better connectivity to Silver Bay and Two Harbors. About 100 customers in Silver Bay take service via the network; beta testers in Two Harbors… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading