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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2013

Video Explains the Public’s Rights-of-Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/video-explains-publics-rights-way

The publicly owned rights-of-way (ROW or PROW), are a misunderstood resource in many communities. Local governments manage them on behalf of the public, but are under pressure as very large, very profitable cable and telephone companies seek to prevent local governments from charging rent to those using the PROW. This video from Oregon quickly explains… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2013

Smart Conduit Policy in Sandy, Mount Vernon Reduces Network Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/smart-conduit-policy-sandy-mount-vernon-reduces-network-cost

More communities now embrace “dig once” policies to facilitate installation of future and current networks. The idea is to be mindful of trenching for transportation and utility projects and encourage collaboration between agencies. However, this is implemented in a variety of ways, some more effectively than others. By establishing requirements for conduit installation in development… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2013

Exploring Conduit Policies – Community Broadband Bits Episode #48

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/exploring-conduit-policies-community-broadband-bits-episode-48

At any conference dealing with building broadband networks, one hears talk of open trench policies or “dig once” approaches. For today’s episode of Community Broadband Bits, City Manager Scott Lazenby of Sandy, Oregon, joins us to talk about how Sandy has proactively placed conduit underground for fiber use. We discuss the instances where it is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2013

Ashland, Oregon, Wants To Increase Local Internet Commerce

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ashland-oregon-wants-increase-local-internet-commerce

Ashland, Oregon, home to Ashland Fiber Net (AFN), may soon be taking aggressive steps to bring more online business to the community. According to an Ashland Daily Tidings article, the City Council is seeking public input into proposed goals for the community. A targeted effort to bring more Internet-based businesses to town is one of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2012

How a Muni Network in The Dalles Led to a $600 million Data Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-muni-network-dalles-led-600-million-data-center

As I recently mentioned in my endorsement of Tubes by Andrew Blum, the book explains how a municipal fiber network helped to attract Google to town. Google sited its first “built-from-scratch data center” there, a $600 million investment according to Stephen Levy. According to Blum, it all started back in 2000 when the community got… 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 16, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 17 – Joe Knapp of Sandy, Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-17-joe-knapp-sandy-oregon

Sandy has run a wireless network for over eight years and has just announced a partnership with i3 to bring FTTH to everyone using i3′s technology to run trunk fiber lines through existing waste water and storm water pipes. We previously wrote about Sandy here. Joe Knapp, the IT Director for the city of Sandy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

Oregon’s SandyNet to Use Sewers for Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oregons-sandynet-use-sewers-fiber-deployment

SandyNet, of Sandy, Oregon, recently announced that it plans to expand Internet service with fiber to every home and business in the city. The network, which has serviced the community for ten years, currently offers fiber to businesses along the Highway 26 corridor. Wireless service is available throughout town and in some rural areas around the City. SandyNet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 7 – Mary Beth Henry of Portland, Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-7-mary-beth-henry-portland-oregon

For the 7th Community Broadband Bits podcast, we talk with Mary Beth Henry from Portland, Oregon. Mary Beth is the Director of the Portland Office for Community Technology and Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, as well as a past president of NATOA. Our discussion covers the long struggle to ensure local businesses and residents had… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2008

Economic Impact Review – Oregon (proposed)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/economic-impact-review/2258-2/

Introduced in 2009, this bill stipulates that Oregon cities and counties may only approve retail stores larger than 75,000 square feet if they determine, based on an independent economic impact analysis, that the store would not have an "undue adverse impact." In addition to the economic factors, the analysis must examine the vehicle miles and carbon dioxide emissions that would be generated by the store. Continue reading