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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

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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

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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

medina-county-offices-will-connect-with-community-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2013

Medina County Offices Will Connect With Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-offices-will-connect-community-network

The newly completed Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN) in Ohio will soon add Medina County government as the next customer. The Medina-Gazette reports the County Commission recently voted unanimously to enter into a five-year agreement with MCFN and drop Armstrong Cable. County Administrator Chris Jakab says the county will save $600 per month. Currently Medina County… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

Medina County, Ohio, Celebrates Fiber Network Completion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-ohio-celebrates-fiber-network-completion

Community leaders in Medina County, Ohio, recently celebrated the completion of the Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN). Loren Grenson of the Medina Gazette reported on the celebratory breakfast event where officials proclaimed, “The monopoly is dead. Long live the fiber loop.” Local businesses already rave about the county owned MCFN, which offers Internet access, data tranport,… Continue reading

onecommunity-helps-more-ohio-towns-take-advantage-of-fiber
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2013

OneCommunity Helps More Ohio Towns Take Advantage of Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunity-helps-more-ohio-towns-take-advantage-fiber

In Cuyahoga County, OneCommunity is leading the effort of upgrade the County’s networking ability. With a special focus on improving pubic safety, the project is estimated to save the county $10 million over the next 5 years. From the OneCommunity blog: The project provides high-bandwidth connectivity and secure video conferencing to more than 60 county… 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

brunswick-ohio-uses-county-fiber-to-drive-economic-development
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2012

Brunswick, Ohio, Uses County Fiber to Drive Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/brunswick-ohio-uses-county-fiber-drive-economic-development

Last summer, Medina County Schools announced a savings of almost $90,000 a year by switching from Time Warner Cable to the new Medina County Fiber Network. Scheduled for completion in late November, the network consists of a 151-mile loop and will provide bandwidth to government facilities and businesses. The project is mostly funded by the… Continue reading