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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 13, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-13-2015-2/

The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced-2/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-communities-still-committed-to-rs-fiber-cooperative/

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-communities-still-committed-to-rs-fiber-cooperative-2/

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-1/

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-1-2/

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/greater-minnesota-partnership-focuses-on-non-metro-need-community-broadband-bits-podcast-136/

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access a major priority in their efforts to influence the state legislature. This week, we talk… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2015

Utility and Advocate Debate Value of Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/utility-advocate-debate-solar/

At a Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association conference in November 2014, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell tilted with Xcel Energy’s Rick Evans about the state’s dormant value of solar policy and whether it was likely to be adopted in the near future. Click the following links to see some of the biggest questions… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 23

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-january-23/

We continue to see reverberations from President Obama’s speaking out in favor of municipal networks. The presidential nod sparked state lawmakers to propose bills, news organizations to write editorials, and to give communities a better sense of how they can take action locally. As Claire Cain Miller with the New York Times wrote in her… Continue reading