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nonprofit-isp-offers-big-gig-challenge-to-connect-northeast-ohio
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

Nonprofit ISP Offers “Big Gig Challenge” To Connect Northeast Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/nonprofit-isp-offers-%E2%80%9Cbig-gig-challenge%E2%80%9D-connect-northeast-ohio

OneCommunity, a nonprofit ISP and data services provider in northeast Ohio, recently announced an interesting initiative to spur the expansion of fiber optic connectivity in the region – it will help pay the costs. For municipalities (or organizations with municipal support) that build “community-wide” networks with gigabit speed, OneCommunity is offering grant funds to cover… Continue reading

hamilton-ohio-connects-local-schools-with-city-fiber
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2014

Hamilton, Ohio Connects Local Schools with City Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hamilton-ohio-connects-local-schools-city-fiber

Just over a year ago, we wrote about Hamilton’s plans to expand their extensive fiber optic infrastructure to offer services to schools and businesses in the area. Last month, the first example of such expanded services came online, with three area schools getting fiber optic internet connections through a partnership between the City utility and… Continue reading

hudson-issues-rfp-for-broadband-needs-assessment-business-plan
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Hudson Issues RFP for Broadband Needs Assessment, Business Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hudson-issues-rfp-broadband-needs-assessment-business-plan

Hudson, Ohio, located in the Akron area, recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a Broadband Needs Assessment and Broadband Business Plan. The community of 22,000 hopes to connect all municipal facilities, connect business parks, and eventually implement an FTTH network. A May 4 Hub Times article covered an April city council discussion to… Continue reading

shaker-heights-considers-expanding-fiber-in-ohio
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Shaker Heights Considers Expanding Fiber in Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shaker-heights-considers-expanding-fiber-ohio

The Shaker Heights City Council is considering expanding an existing fiber network, reports Cleveland.com. The project would allow OneCommunity, the nonprofit managing a regional fiber network, access to the city’s rights-of-way for 15 years. OneCommunity, created in 2003, received a $44 million broadband stimulus award to extend fiber in northeast Ohio. The organization’s network spans… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2014

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/midwest-solar-market-hot-not/

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2014

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/increasing-call-community-owned-networks

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond… Continue reading

merit-collaborates-with-oarnet-and-local-community-in-hillsdale-michigan
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Merit Collaborates With OARnet and Local Community in Hillsdale, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/merit-collaborates-oarnet-and-local-community-hillsdale-michigan

A recent press release from the Merit educational and research network in Michigan announces a new connection to its Ohio sister, OARnet. Member entities and local communities now enjoy better redundancy, expanded reach, and better services. Local communities continue to benefit from the presence of the middle mile infrastructure. The network helps local Hillsdale College… Continue reading

ohio-community-wants-to-expand-use-of-existing-fiber
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2014

Ohio Community Wants to Expand Use of Existing Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ohio-community-wants-expand-use-existing-fiber

In Springfield, Ohio, community leaders are looking for ways to use their share of a commercially owned fiber optic loop on the eastern side of town. The community hopes to secure a $50,000 Local Innovation Fund grant from the state to finance a feasibility study reports the News-Sun. Approximately 60,000 people live in Springfield, located… Continue reading

dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-to-businesses-schools-government-since-1999
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2013

Dublin Municipal Network Serves Schools, Government, and Business in Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dublin-municipal-network-serves/

In 1999, Laurens County Schools and Dublin City Schools needed to move past dial-up Internet access. The City of 16,000 built a fiber network to serve students in the community. It now also serves local government and businesses in the Dublin area. Once the network was in place, AT&T and Charter Communications began building in… Continue reading

hamilton-ohio-to-expand-fiber-to-businesses-and-schools
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2013

Hamilton, Ohio, to Expand Fiber to Businesses and Schools

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hamilton-ohio-expand-fiber-businesses-and-schools

A part of the Cincinnati metro region, Hamilton sits in the extreme southwest corner of Ohio. The community of 63,000 will soon expand its fiber resources to spur economic development and improve education opportunities. Eric Schwartzberg from the Journal News reports that the City Council recently voted to support the city-owned electric utility’s proposal to create a… Continue reading