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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 26, 2014

ECFiber Welcomes 600th Subscriber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ecfiber-welcomes-600th-subscriber

The East Central Vermont Community Fiber-Optic Network (ECFiber) recently connected its 600th customer. The network continues to connect to additional homes and businesses, recently reaching Royalton. According to the Valley News, the network will extend to over 200 miles by the end of 2014, passing more than 2,000 homes and businesses. The story notes that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Burlington’s Next Step: Become a Gigabit Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/burlingtons-next-step-become-gigabit-community

Burlington has seen ups and downs over the past few years but a new chapter is about to begin. The non-profit U.S. Ignite and the City are partnering to create BTV Ignite. The initiative will develop a gigabit community infrastructure and the applications that use it. With help from U.S. Ignite, Burlington will join the… Continue reading

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

ECFiber: Significant Expansion in the Vermont Crowd-Funded Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ecfiber-significant-expansion-vermont-crowd-funded-network

The East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network (ECFiber) continues to grow, tripling in size in just the past year. We reported last summer that the community owned network had raised the funding for an expansion. Fundraising and reach surpassed the original expansion plan and the network now boasts 180 miles.  The Valley News recently reported… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2013

Vermont’s Standard Offer Renewable Energy Program: Episode 10 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/vermonts-standard-offer-renewable-energy-program-episode-10-local-energy-rules-podcast/

“A lot of the utilities don’t totally understand this new paradigm that’s coming.” David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years, and was instrumental in getting the state’s standard offer program (a feed-in tariff) passed in 2009.  He’s adamant that the state should accelerate its standard offer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2013

Vermont’s ECFiber to Expand This Summer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermonts-ecfiber-expand-summer

Good news for Vermonters who want connectivity from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network (ECFiber). The community owned network recently raised another $430,000 from local investors who purchased tax-exempt promissory notes. As a result, the nonprofit can now expand another 20 miles. Approximately 100 more households and businesses will soon have access. Twenty-three towns belong… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2013

Paul Spencer and the Community Solar ‘Holy Grail’: Episode 6 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/paul-spencer-community-solar-holy-grail-episode-6-local-energy-rules-podcast/

This week John Farrell and Wade Underwood talk with Paul Spencer, President and founder of the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) in Carbondale, CO. The CEC is pioneering the process of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale (mostly solar) facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers. In many ways, their community energy model is the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2013

Video: Burlington Telecom Coop Effort Moving Ahead

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/video-burlington-telecom-coop-effort-moving-ahead

In December, 2012, a group of local residents decided to engage in an effort to turn beleaguered Burlington Telecom into a coop. The effort has advanced and the organization, Keep BT Local, continues to gain pledges. To date, the organization has collected pledges in the amount of $108,000 for equity and $156,000 in loan pledges…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Coop Status for Burlington Telecom? Maybe…..

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/coop-status-burlington-telecom-maybe

Burlington Telecom may be headed for some changes. Due to the mismanagement of the prior Burlington Mayor Administration, the network took on an unsustainable amount of debt and damaged its reputation. Some of the plans to make the network sustainable again involve privatizing it. Unfortunately, as we have seen with public power privatizations, such an… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2012

ECFiber Customer Shares Her Story, Locally Owned Network Continues to Grow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ecfiber-customer-shares-her-story-locally-owned-network-continues-grow

Last year, we reported that ECFiber was in the process of connecting rural Vermont, with a focus on connecting those who had no access to broadband. In addition to large investments from a limited number of investors, local citizens began lending funds to expand the network.  In a recent open letter to the Governor, published in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2012

Burlington Telecom Announces a Gig and Computer Repair Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/burlington-telecom-announces-gig-and-computer-repair-services

We have covered happenings at Burlington Telecom, both positive and negative, extensively. We are glad to report some interesting new developments of this Vermont municipal network. BT is rolling out faster connections and using its competitive advantage in customer service to offer some computer repair services. Joel Banner Baird at the Burlington Free Press reported: Without… Continue reading