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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2014

How Democratic Energy Fits the Rural Electric Philosophy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-fits-rural-electric-philosophy/

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell at the Electrons on the Run mini-conference in Alexandria, MN, on March 12, 2014.  The presentation illustrates how distributed renewable energy in the 21st century fits the rural electric utility philosophy of self-reliance and local economic development, just as providing local electricity… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connectarlington-offer-dark-fiber-services-local-businesses-virginia

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that… Continue reading

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

Save the White Spaces! From Public Knowledge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/save-white-spaces-public-knowledge

The FCC is now contemplating how much newly freed spectrum to retain for public use and how much to auction off to private companies for their exclusive use. Public Knowledge is leading the effort to ensure we retain enough shared spectrum to unleash more innovation and public benefits rather than simply padding the profits of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Kansas Anti-Competition Bill Authored by Cable Lobbyists

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-anti-competition-bill-authored-cable-lobbyists

We learned a lot today about the anti-competition bill (SB 304) in Kansas to limit Internet network investments. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin discovered the source of the bill, the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association: That’s a lobby group with members such as Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Time Warner Cable. The bill was introduced this week,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Over the Top Video: A Peak or a Path Forward?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/over-top-video-peak-or-path-forward

About six months ago, I was quite bullish on advances in over-the-top (OTT) video making it easier for communities to build fiber networks because they would no longer have to deal with the challenges of securing and delivering traditional cable television channels. I explored these challenges in a recent post. OTT video includes Hulu, Netflix,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Meet Russellville, Kentucky’s Broadband Speed Leader – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #82

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/meet-russellville-kentuckys-broadband-speed-leader-community-broadband-bits-podcast-82

The municipal electric utility in [no-glossary]Russellville[/no-glossary] has launched Kentucky’s first citywide gigabit service on its FTTH network. Russellville Electric Plant Board General Manager Robert White joins us to share their motivations for building a fiber network. The utility had originally offered some telecommunications services over a wireless system but recognized the need for a more… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-shares-lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-private-sector-cable-competition/

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post is available here and focuses on the benefits massive cable companies already have as well… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2013

Susan Crawford on Mayors Solving Broadband Needs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-mayors-solving-broadband-needs

Nilay Patel, founder of tech news site the Verge, offers a nine minute interview with Susan Crawford on how we can improve access to the Internet in the US. Crawford is increasingly focusing on local action, which we have encouraged for years: Nilay Patel: In this context, to say that you’re hopeful about the government… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2013

Charter Prices Inspire Washington City to Consider its Own Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charter-prices-inspires-washington-city-consider-its-own-network

Ellensburg, located in central Washington, is considering the pros and cons of a municipal fiber network. A big pro for the community of 18,000 is the ability to predict costs rather than depend on Charter Communications. Charter wants to begin charging $10,300 per month for municipal connectivity it previously supplied at no cost in return… Continue reading