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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 2: The Possibilities of an Open, Unlicensed Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-2-possibilities-open-unlicensed-spectrum-0

In the first part of this series, we discussed how spectrum could be better managed to allow far greater communications capacity, but only if the FCC abandoned its traditional approach of auctioning spectrum to carriers for monopolistic use. In this part, we’ll discuss how devices could take advantage of a new approach to spectrum management… Continue reading

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Harford County Network Goes Live in Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/harford-county-network-goes-live-maryland

Harford County, a mixed suburban and rural area in northeast Maryland, flipped the switch in late May on its Harford Metro Area Network (HMAN). The network includes 160 miles of fiber bringing high speed broadband to 150 sites, including all area schools, fire stations, libraries, and county and municipal buildings. The project required $13.8 million… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Early Lessons from Longmont – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 106

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-lessons-longmont-community-broadband-bits-podcast-106

Longmont is about to break ground on the citywide FTTH gigabit network but it is already offering services to local businesses and a few neighborhoods that started as pilot projects. Vince Jordan, previously a guest two years ago, is back to update us on their progress. Until recently, Vince was the Telecom Manager for Longmont… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2014

Local Government Groups: “We Need Local Authority”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-government-groups-we-need-local-authority

As the FCC considers the role of local authority in expanding Internet access, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is hearing from coalitions opposing state barriers on municipal networks. On July 3, Executive Directors from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of Counties (NACo)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference September 16 – 18

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-communities-economic-development-conference-september-16-18

Join Chris in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Community Fiber Networks conference in September. The meet-up is part of Broadband Communities Magazine’s  Economic Development series; Chris will present at the event. The conference will run September 16 – 18 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Jim Baller, Conference Chairman and Principal at the Baller Herbst… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Gainesville Plans Gigabit Ring for City and Businesses in Texas Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gainesville-plans-gigabit-ring-city-and-businesses-texas-town

The Gainesville City Council recently approved a plan to deploy a fiber ring throughout the Texas town of 16,000. The network will connect municipal facilities and offer gigabit connectivity to local businesses. Gainesville is located seven miles from the Oklahoma border in Cooke County.According to City Manager Barry Sullivan, the planned route will provide access… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-1-interference-myth-fcc-hasnt-caught-yet

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Conduit Policy the Foundation for Affordable Gig Service in the Bay Area

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/conduit-policy-foundation-affordable-gig-service-bay-area

Smart conduit policy, implemented in 1999, is now paying off in Brentwood. The Bay Area community of 52,000 recently reached an agreement with Sonic.net to bring fiber to the community via city-owned conduit. The partners anticipate a fall 2015 project completion. The City requires all new development be constructed with conduit to the premise via… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/celebrate-independence-3-steps-energy-self-reliance/

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to the kind of (economic) independence being sought by England’s American colonists in the 1770s and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2014

Reflections on Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 105

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-community-broadband-bits-podcast-105

With so many people on vacation this week for Independence Day, we decided to take it easy and reflect on my trip to Colorado to discuss rural broadband at the Mountain Connect conference. Lisa and I reflect on the event and what other states can learn from Colorado. Though the Colorado legislature previously bowed to… Continue reading