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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2013

Virginia Town Provides Free Wi-fi in City Park, Fiber to Community Anchors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/virginia-town-provides-free-wi-fi-in-city-park-fiber-to-community-anchors/

Last summer, the city of Staunton, Virginia, sent out a press release about its new citywide free wi-fi service. Four hours later, a destructive storm ripped through Gypsy Hill Park knocking down trees and damaging buildings. Nevertheless, the equipment held on. Five days later, celebrants at the city’s July 4th party used the free service… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2013

In Washington, Mt. Vernon Attracts Businesses with Open Access Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode 38

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/in-washington-mt-vernon-attracts-businesses-with-open-access-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-38/

Nearly 20 years ago, a small community between Seattle and Bellingham, Washington, began building a fiber optic network to connect key municipal facilities. In the years since, Mt Vernon has expanded the network to many community anchor institutions and businesses locally, including in two nearby towns. Information Systems Director Kim Kleppe and Community & Economic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2013

Cedar Falls Utility Gets High Bond Rating from Moody’s

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cedar-falls-utility-gets-high-bond-rating-from-moodys/

We have long been impressed with Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) in Iowa. They built an incredibly successful municipal cable network that has now been upgraded to a FTTH network. CFU transfers $1.6 million into the town’s general fund every year, reminding us that community owned networks often pay far more in taxes than the national… 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://ilsr.org/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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2013

To Improve Minnesota Broadband, Look to Lessons of Electrification

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/to-improve-minnesota-broadband-look-to-lessons-of-electrification/

Steve Downer is the Associate Executive Director of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, MMUA, and he previously served on the Blandin Foundation Strategy Board. He offered these thoughts on page 4 of the “The Resource” [pdf] from January 2013 and has allowed us to reprint them below. According to online reports, House Commerce Chairman Joe… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2013

In Georgia, Monroe Muni Network Created Jobs, Lowered Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/in-georgia-monroe-muni-network-created-jobs-lowered-bills/

As we monitored Georgia’s HB 282, a bill to limit the capacity of local governments to invest in Internet networks that spur economic development, we learned of many existing networks that have helped communities to thrive. Brian Thompson, Director of Electric and Telecommunications in Monroe took some time to tell us a little about their… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2013

Christopher Mitchell at Freedom to Connect 2013

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-at-freedom-to-connect-2013/

My presentation from Freedom to Connect on why we should support Community Owned Internet networks. Unfortunately, the video starts about 1 minute into the presentation. Please leave feedback below. Continue reading

Cost of 10 Percent Solar for MN
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2013

The Making of a Midwestern Solar Energy Standard

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/making-midwestern-solar-energy-standard/

Last night, the House Energy Policy Committee in the Minnesota state legislature voted 8-6 to approve a 4% by 2025 solar energy standard, with an innovative new approach to financing solar power.  It’s a powerful first step for what would be one of the more robust policies to support distributed, local solar power in the… Continue reading

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

Rural Leverett Network in Western Massachusetts Moves Forward

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rural-leverett-network-in-western-massachusetts-moves-forward/

Leverett, Massachusetts’ broadband initiative has moved to the next phase in bringing fiber to residents. The town selectboard recently decided on a bidder to build the community owned network. G4S designed the network and also works with the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) as it brings a middle mile fiber network to towns across the western… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2013

Colorado Town Plans Residential Survey For Community Owned Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/colorado-town-plans-residential-survey-for-community-owned-network/

The town of Erie, Colorado, is conducting a residential survey as it considers a community owned network. Erie has about 18,000 residents and straddles Boulder and Weld Counties.  The concerns facing Erie’s community leaders were recently summed up in a John Aguilar article in the Boulder Daily Camera. According to the article, four companies were… Continue reading