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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Minnesota’s Lake County Fiber Network Begins Connecting Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesotas-lake-county-fiber-network-begins-connecting-customers

The Lake County fiber network is now serving a limited number of customers in northern Minnesota. According to the Lake County News Chronicle, the network’s triple-play services are lit and bringing better connectivity to Silver Bay and Two Harbors. About 100 customers in Silver Bay take service via the network; beta testers in Two Harbors… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

Republicans Again Violate Their Own Principles

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

By the time you read this, Congressional Republicans will have overwhelmingly voted to violate one of their most cherished guiding principles: A service should be paid for by those who use the service. If we don’t fully pay for services, Republicans usually insist, markets can’t work effectively.  We undervalue and overuse services, resulting in wasteful… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

A $6 Billion Opportunity for the Rural Energy Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/6-billion-opportunity-rural-energy-economy/

One of the biggest barriers to making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy is the upfront cost. So what if members of rural electric cooperative and rural municipal electric utilities could borrow money for small-scale improvements on the same terms as the utilities for their large-scale power plants? Starting in 2014, they can. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

North Carolina Town Saves Public Dollars With Its Own Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/north-carolina-town-saves-public-dollars-its-own-network

On June 18 Holly Springs, home to approximately 25,000 people, started saving money with its new fiber I-Net. Last summer, the Town Council voted to invest in fiber infrastructure as a way to take control of telecommunications costs. Just one year later, the 13-mile network is serving community anchor institutions. After exploring options with CTC Technology… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Chattanooga and Wilson Petition FCC to Remove Anti-Competitive Restrictions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-and-wilson-petition-fcc-remove-anti-competitive-restrictions

Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, are two of the most successful municipal fiber networks by a variety of metrics, including jobs created, aggregate community savings, and more. This has led to significant demand from surrounding communities for Wilson and Chattanooga to expand. We have profiled both of them in case studies: Wilson and Chattanooga. Expecting… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Spencer Municipal Utilities Expands Upgrade to Fiber in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spencer-municipal-utilities-expands-upgrade-fiber-iowa

Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) in Iowa is expanding an upgrade project to bring fiber to approximately 2,000 additional premises. A little over a year ago, we reported on the switch from coax cable to fiber for 700 municipal network customers with no rate increase. According to the Spencer Daily Reporter, the original project is almost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

DC City Council embraces zero waste planning

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/dc-city-council-embraces-waste-planning/

Last week, the DC City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill. ILSR helped win passage of both bills in collaboration with many environmental and civic groups. Neither bill is perfect but necessary for future development of zero waste programs in the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

Utopia at a Crossroads: Part 3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-crossroads-part-3

This is the final installment of a three part series, in which we examine the current state of the UTOPIA network, how it got there, and the choices it faces going forward. Part I can be read here and Part II here.  In Part I of this story, we laid out the difficult situation the open… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/labor-solidarity-save-post-office/

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office:  labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system.  In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the… Continue reading