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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

Huntsville Considers a Network Investment, as Its Businesses Consider Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/huntsville-considers-network-investment-its-businesses-consider-chattanooga

We reported back in June on Huntsville, Alabama’s decision to undertake feasibility study to evaluate its options for increasing next generation fiber optic internet access throughout the city. AL.com is now reporting that Huntsville Utilities hopes to hear the results of the study within 90 days, allowing it to decide whether it will take steps to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2014

Understanding the Wilson and Chattanooga FCC Petitions – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 110

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-wilson-and-chattanooga-fcc-petitions-community-broadband-bits-podcast-110

Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk about the petitions, some background, and interview Will Aycock from Wilson’s Greenlight Gigabit Network and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Community Network Media Roundup: Week of August 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-media-roundup-week-august-1

The effort to restore local authority in deciding whether or not to build a municipal fiber network is full speed ahead. On Monday, the FCC responded to petitions from Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC by opening up formal proceedings on the matter, and requesting people weigh in on the issue. Reporters from the Washington Post… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Purchasing Alliance, Washington DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-purchasing-alliance-washington-dc-working-partner-update/

Through working with the national organization Partnership for Working Families, ILSR was introduced to Community Purchasing Alliance in our hometown of Washington, DC. The introduction was timely as CPA was in the middle of negotiating garbage and recycling contracts with local haulers. ILSR is pleased to assist and be associated with this faith-based community development network. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Sanford, Maine Studies Municipal Broadband Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sanford-maine-studies-municipal-broadband-deployment

Sanford, a city of about 21,000 in far southwestern Maine, is weighing its options for a limited fiber optic network. The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council has been the driving force behind the project, hiring Tilson Technology Management of Portland earlier this year to develop a Broadband Plan for Sanford. The Growth Council began exploring… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

With Liberty and Solar for All

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

For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) and economic rewards (too few) on those less fortunate. More than any 21st century energy source, solar can power an equitable and environmentally sound energy future. … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-submits-comments-fcc-protecting-and-promoting-open-internet

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments to the FCC as part of its Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet proceeding. ILSR focused on the issue of paid prioritization, reclassification, and regulation of content. We also provided some examples of municipal networks that provide fast, reliable, affordable service and do not rely on paid… Continue reading

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

The FCC Is Our Best Shot to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-our-best-shot-restore-local-authority

For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to repeal some particularly destructive state laws limiting investment in community networks. To be clear, this is our best shot. I’ve already covered the background and offered a blanket encouragement for you to post comments. Chairman Wheeler has been looking for an opportunity to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2014

Oklahoma’s Sallisaw Passes Resolution to Support FCC As It Considers Preemption

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oklahomas-sallisaw-passes-resolution-support-fcc-it-considers-preemption

Sallisaw, home of DiamondNet, is the latest community to publicly express its desire to put telecommunications authority in the hands of the locals. On July 14, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners approved Resolution 2014-17 in support of the FCC’s intention to preempt state anti-muni laws. A Resolution Supporting Telecommunications Infrastructure For Local Governments WHEREAS,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2014

Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-indiana-looks-tax-increment-financing-build-fiber-networks

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance… Continue reading