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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Palm Coast’s FiberNET Produces Dramatic Savings Locally

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/palm-coasts-fibernet-produces-dramatic-savings-locally

We last took a look at Palm Coast’s FiberNET over two years ago when Broadband Communities featured the open access fiber network along Florida’s upper east coast. Due to its initial focus on community anchor institutions and incremental build out, FiberNET serves as an outstanding example of how to justify a network investment with cost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Jacksonville Discovers Savings and Faster Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jacksonville-discovers-savings-and-faster-connectivity

It is no secret to our readers that communities throughout the country have transitioned from leasing services from big corporations to building their own fiber networks to save public dollars. Some create collaborations between various entities to reduce costs. Jacksonville is the latest to dabble in collaboration and has found a way to save $200,000… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Lakeland Dark Fiber In Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #58

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lakeland-dark-fiber-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-58

In Florida, Lakeland is one of several communities that has built a dark fiber network in a low-risk bid to expand connectivity for anchor institutions and to spur economic development. City of Lakeland Fiber Optics Supervisor Paul Meyer joins us for episode #58 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. Meyer explains why Lakeland began offering… Continue reading

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

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida’s Lakeland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dark-fiber-paying-floridas-lakeland

Near the center of Florida sits Lakeland, the largest city between Orlando and Tampa with 98,000 residents. The area boasts 38 lakes, citrus crops, and a growing healthcare industry. Lakeland also owns a fiber optic network serving education, business, and government. To learn more, we spoke with Paul Meyer, Lakeland Electric City of Lakeland Fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2013

UC2B Saves Public Money With Better Broadband in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-saves-public-money-better-broadband-illinois

The City of Champaign is now celebrating the transition to the UC2B fiber network. With underground fiber lines, the City will no longer be plagued by weather related interruptions. Champaign is also counting on significant savings on a network that is more than 1000 times faster than the old connections. From the City of Champaign… Continue reading

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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, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2013

Broadband 101 Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsrreleases-new-broadband-101-fact-sheet-2/

ILSR’s fact sheet is a reliable quick reference guide for policymakers and citizens. As discussion about the telecommunications landscape expands, language about broadband abounds. In order to make informed decisions without stumbling over terminology, ILSR has assembled some basic facts about broadband. This fact sheet is a great reference for anyone who may take up… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2013

Christopher Mitchell Speaks at FCC Gigabit Cities Workshop

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-fcc-panel/

As part of the FCC’s Gigabit Cities Challenge, the agency plans to host a series of workshops over the next several months. The workshops will focus on tools communities can use to expand connectivity, changing telecommunications policy, and will present experts from the field. Christopher Mitchell participated in the first workshop on March 26th in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 26, 2013

Moultrie City Manager Discusses Origins of CNS Network in Georgia for Community Broadband Bits Episode 39

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/moultie-city-manager-discusses-origins-cns-network-georgia-community-broadband-bits-episode

Mike Scott, City Manager of Moultrie in Georgia, joins us for Episode #39 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast to share the origins of the Community Network Services (CNS) network that joins four towns in four counties in rural southwest Georgia. In this interview, Mike Scott shares some of the benefits of the network for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2013

Open Access Network in Mount Vernon, Washington Created More Jobs and Government Savings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/open-access-network-mount-vernon-washington-created-more-jobs-and-government-savings

Mount Vernon, Washington, started building their own fiber optic network in 1995 and over the past 18 years have continued to add incrementally. While the network started as a way to connect a few municipal facilities, it has since expanded to nearby Burlington and the Port of Skagit. The network now serves government, schools, hospitals… Continue reading