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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2013

Georgia Bill to Limit Internet Investment Dies on House Floor

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/georgia-bill-to-limit-internet-investment-dies-on-house-floor/

We’ve been writing about Georgia’s HB 282 for weeks, discussing the likely impact from limiting who can build Internet networks in communities that have the most basic Internet connections. When the bill finally hit the House Floor, it failed in a bipartisan vote of 70 ayes to 94 nays. Many groups helped to educate the… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2013

Randy Caviness and Community Wind in Iowa: Episode 4 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/randy-caveniss-community-wind-iowa-episode-4-local-energy-rules-podcast/

This week, John Farrell and Wade Underwood talk community wind power with Randy Caviness, an Iowa farmer and member of Green Energy Farmers.  Working with over 180 investors in the local community, Randy helped build eight utility-scale wind turbines with community ownership, providing clean, local power to municipal and rural electric utilities in southwestern Iowa…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2013

Carl Junction, Missouri, Plans Community Owned Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/carl-junction-missouri-plans-community-owned-fiber-network/

Carl Junction, Missouri, is moving ahead with plans to build a fiber network. Steve Lawver, City Administrator, tells us that funding for the $5.2 – $5.6 million project will most likely come through a lease program from the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA). Lawver tells us that funding will involve private placement non-taxable bonds, available… Continue reading

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

CBS Atlanta Asks Tough Questions of Georgia Anti-Community Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cbs-atlanta-asks-tough-questions-of-georgia-anti-commnity-broadband-bill/

We finally see television news outlets asking the tough questions of bill pushed by powerful cable and telephone companies to prevent giving residents a real choice in cable and Internet service providers. We been covering this Georgia bill closely, and were glad to see this segment: CBS Atlanta 46 The segment makes an error in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

New Hampshire Legislation Would Spur Internet Network Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-hampshire-legislation-would-spur-internet-network-investment/

New Hamsphire FastRoads is making significant strides in connecting residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions in the southwestern section of the state. FastRoads is funded by a combination of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, private donations, and funds from local communities. While the network is certainly making progress and scheduled for completion this… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

“The Monopoly Magnate”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-launches-new-comic/

ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical hurdles. As the bill is heavily lobbied by incumbent telecom giants, local leaders make the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2013

CBS Discovers Chattanooga Has Nation-Leading Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cbs-discovers-chattanooga-has-nation-leading-internet-network/

Chattanooga has made the national TV news, with CBS doing a segment about America’s best Internet network – owned and operated by the city of Chattanooga. They make a few minor mistakes – Chattanooga is one of several cities that have made gigabit available to everyone (including Bristol VA and TN; Morristown, TN; Lafayette, LA;… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2013

Carole Monroe Explains New Hampshire’s Fast Roads Initiative – Community Broadband Bits #36

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/carole-monroe-explains-new-hampshires-fast-roads-initiative-community-broadband-bits-36/

The New Hampshire Fast Roads Initiative is bringing great Internet access to rural New Hampshire. Project CEO Carole Monroe joined us for this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast. Fast Roads is the culmination of years of local organizing and several efforts to improve access to the Internet in the region. The project is already benefiting… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2013

Moving From an Age of Internet Scarcity to Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/moving-from-an-age-of-internet-scarcity-to-abundance/

The Seattle Times has published an opinion piece I wrote about the need to move from Internet access business models based on scarcity to those based on abundance. Many of us have grown accustomed to the speeds offered by modern cable networks. They aren’t particularly speedy, but we are used to them. When we find… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2013

Freedom to Connect Starts Monday, March 4

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/freedom-to-connect-starts-monday-march-4/

Freedom to Connect starts on Monday morning, March 4, at 9 AM EST and should not be missed. If you cannot make the live event in Silver Spring, Maryland, you can join from afar. That’s right, there will be a livestream and for a $25 fee, you can join the backchannel discussion. This conference has… Continue reading