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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2014

Boulder and Yuma Turn to Voters to Reclaim Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-and-yuma-turn-voters-reclaim-authority

Two more Colorado communities will be deciding whether or not to reclaim local telecommunications authority this fall. Colorado State Bill 152 took away local authority in 2005 but voters in several areas of the state are taking it back. Readers will recall Centennial voters passed the measure 3:1 last fall and Montrose voters approved a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 24

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-24

On this week’s community broadband media roundup, we have more reverberations from Next Century Cities, a forward-thinking coalition of cities that promises real progress in establishing or restoring local authority for broadband networks. For the inside scoop on the launch, we suggest taking a look at Ann L. Kim’s Friday Q&A with Deb Socia, the… Continue reading

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

Cities in Kentucky and Massachusetts Want a Say In Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cities-kentucky-and-massachusetts-want-say-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger

As the feds continue to evaluate the wisdom of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, local communities in several states are attempting to throw a wrench in the federal approval machine. In Worcester, Massachusetts, the City Council recently refused to approve the transfer of the city’s cable television license to Comcast. In order to sweet-talk the… Continue reading

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

LPC Residential Gig Service in Longmont Has A New Name; Available November 3rd

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lpc-residential-gig-service-longmont-has-new-name-available-november-3rd

Big changes are happening in Longmont as the LPC builds out its network expansion. In addition to new services and new pricing, LPC for residents has a new name – NextLight. At a recent city council meeting, LPC announced that a number of residents in south central Longmont will be able to enroll for NextLight… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 17

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-17

This week, cities took the stage and made some very important moves to restore their local authority. From cities resisting big media mergers, to those choosing to join the new Next Century Cities initiative, it is a good time to be a part of municipal government efforts.  Broadband Cities Boulder, CO officials are looking ahead… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Call to Action: Support Stronger Rules for Mobile 911

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/call-action-support-stronger-rules-mobile-911

An increasing number of Americans are abandoning their landlines for the convenience and economy of mobile devices. Unfortunately, doing so also makes it more difficult to locate the caller in an emergency. In order to correct the problem, the FCC has proposed a stronger set of rules that will increase location accuracy for 911 calls…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

Next Century Cities – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 121

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/next-century-cities-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-121

This week, we helped to launch Next Century Cities, a collaborative effort of local governments that are making smart investments and partnerships to ensure their communities have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access. Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, coming to it from a nonprofit organization she developed in Boston called… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

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

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-pharmacy-ownership-law/

What a difference local ownership makes. Under a forward-thinking 1963 law, North Dakota does not allow chains to operate pharmacies. Instead of Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies, North Dakotans go to 171 independent and locally owned pharmacies across the state for their prescriptions. That may soon change though: Walmart is bankrolling — to the tune of $2.7 million — a campaign to pass a ballot measure on November 4th that would overturn the law. That’s more per person that Obama spent in the 2012 general election. Weighing into the debate, ILSR this week released a data-driven study that finds that North Dakotans receive significantly better pharmacy care by every measure, from some of the lowest drug prices in the nation to unparalleled access, particularly in rural areas. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Westminster Commences Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-commences-fiber-deployment

Westminster’s open access fiber optic project is now officially in construction, after a groundbreaking ceremony on October 16th at a local deli in the Airport Business Park. Dr. Robert Wack, spearheading the initiative in Maryland, told the Chamber of Commerce: “The Air Business Park is the ideal location for our groundbreaking since this is our… Continue reading