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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2015

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 133

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-133/

Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 133 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Howard County CIO Chris Merdon the Maryland County’s efforts to improve Internet access by building a fiber network. Listen to this episode here. 00:08: Chris Merdon: In this case, the landlord believes that it’s a great attractor… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

National Press Follows President Obama to Cedar Falls, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-press-president-obama-cedar-falls-iowa/

On January 14th, President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, to share his strategy to expand high-speed connectivity to more Americans, encourage competition, and galvanize economic development. Obama’s plan centers around community networks and he announced that the next step will be eliminating barriers in 19 states that usurp local authority to invest in publicly owned… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

SandyNet Now Offering Gigabit FTTH in Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sandynet-now-offering-gigabit-ftth-in-oregon/

Back in September, SandyNet announced that its FTTH gigabit network was officially up and running. The utility will continue to expand and eventually bring the network to all 4,000 households. Light Reading recently spoke with Joe Knapp, Sandy’s IT Director and general manager of the broadband utility about the new offering. With a population of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2015

President Obama Speaks Against Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/president-obama-speaks-barriers-community-networks/

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Video Roundtable: the Minneapolis-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/video-roundtable-minneapolis-utility-clean-energy-partnership/

What can we expect from the first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership between the City of Minneapolis and its electric and gas utilities? Check out this video conversation from a November 2014 MNSEIA conference in Minnesota with the utilities, the city, and the lead grassroots organization about the history, the agreement, and the hopes for this novel… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Gigabit Muni Fiber Partnership: Westminster and Ting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/gigabit-muni-fiber-partnership-westminster-and-ting/

Westminster’s city council just voted unanimously to establish a partnership with Ting, reports the Carroll County Times. Known primarily as a mobile service provider, Ting wants to offer Internet services via the new municipal fiber optic network. Ting announced earlier this month that it would soon begin offering Internet service in Charlottesville, North Carolina as well. In… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-in-maryland-community-broadband-bits-podcast-133/

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Missouri Bill Creates New Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-to-community-networks/

Republican State Representative Rocky Miller began the new legislative session with a bill designed to yank authority from local communities that need better connectivity.  Even though the state already preempts local authority to sell telecommunications services and requires a referendum for cable, there is a current exemption for “Internet-type services.” HB 437 [PDF] removes that exemption and would make… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 9

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-january-9/

Susan Crawford’s latest piece on municipal broadband discussed a real problem that mayors of communities can have a definite impact in helping resolve: the digital divide. Think of that divide, now amplifying and entrenching existing social problems in your city, as similar to a failure to provide a functional street grid. You don’t have to provide… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2015

What Might Have Been

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/what-might-have-been/

Since its passage in 2009, ferocious opposition to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)  had proven a devastatingly effective electoral strategy for Republicans. In 2010, they gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives. They gained control of 11 additional state governments, bringing their total to 25. When the ACA went into effect… Continue reading