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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2015

Introducing… MuniNetworks Economic Development Page

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/introducing-our-economic-development-page-2/

Access to high-speed, broadband Internet facilitates economic development. Over the years, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has documented economic successes brought about by community broadband networks. We chose some of the most compelling examples, organized them by topic, and put them in one place for easy reference. Check out our new economic development page. The benefits… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Unanswered Questions about the Public Rooftop Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unanswered-questions-about-the-public-rooftop-revolution/

At the beginning of June 2015, ILSR released its Public Rooftop Revolution report, which described how cities across the nation put the shine on municipal rooftops with more than 5,000 MW of solar. That 5,000 MW is as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date — and many cities could… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Public Private Partnerships: A Reality Check

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-private-partnerships-a-reality-check/

When Westminster, a community of 18,000 in rural Maryland, found itself with poor Internet access that incumbents refused to improve, it decided to join the ranks of a growing trend: public-private-partnerships between local governments and private companies to invest in next-generation Internet access. They are now working with Ting – one of a growing number of private… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Answering Questions About Title II and Munis – Community Broadband Bits Episode 138

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/answering-questions-title-ii-munis-community-broadband-bits-episode-138/

As we near the FCC open meeting at the end of next week, when it will decide on both the Chattanooga and Wilson petitions regarding their wish to expand as well as a proposal to reclassify Internet access a Title II service in order to ensure it can maintain the same open Internet we have… Continue reading

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

Community Broadband Networks Map Fact Sheet 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-map-fact-sheet/

As of January 2015, more communities than ever before have realized the value of publicly owned broadband infrastructure. Many communities that choose to invest in publicly owned infrastructure do so because their needs are not met by large corporate providers. While some invest to bring reliable connectivity to local residents, others have no choice; businesses increasingly need… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

Comcasts Invests in Theme Parks Rather than Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comcasts-invests-theme-parks-broadband/

While its network continues to offer last generation speeds at high prices and their customer service reps go viral harassing customers who try to leave their grasp, Comcast executives have decided it is time to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade… their theme parks. That’s right, as they shift call centers to the Philippines to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amendments-erode-munis-do/

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on Tuesday or Wednesday. We anticipate the amendments to have wording that either restricts the FCC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2014

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Broadband—Free Webinar June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/breaking-barriers-community-broadband-free-webinar-june-12/

Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network. Click to Register   Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-speak-localism-consolidation-exploration-public-broadband-options/

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will host “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options” from 9:30-11:30 am on May 28th. Chris will be participating in the discussion; if you can’t make it to DC, the event will be live-streamed. The conversation will focus on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on May 19, 2014

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westminster-budgets-for-open-access-fiber-network/

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted 5-1. The opposing Council Member voted no on a different issue. Last summer, the community… Continue reading