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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2015

Cap Times Weighs In on Mayoral Race, Muni Broadband, and Free Internet: We Need It!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cap-times-weighs-mayoral-race-muni-broadband-and-free-internet-we-need-it

The Madison Cap Times recently ran an editorial focusing on the surprising nature of mayoral races. We were also surprised – pleasantly so – to read the intention of the editorial board (emphasis ours): The Capital Times will add its proposals to the mix, with a special focus on using emerging technologies to promote high-wage… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Most Municipal Networks Built in Conservative Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/most-municipal-networks-built-conservative-cities

We’ve been curious about voting patterns from communities that have built their own networks so we took our community broadband networks map and analyzed some election data. A substantial majority of communities that have built their own networks vote Republican. We decided to stick with the citywide networks, where a community has taken the greatest… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Use Social Media to Support Local Choice!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/use-social-media-support-local-choice

Join us on February 2 as we make the case for local Internet choice – with a few simple clicks, you can join our Thunderclap, where all of our social media accounts will publish a message in favor of local choice. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice is encouraging people to sign up in advance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ting-delivering-ftth-great-news-community-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-134

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2015

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-article-economic-development-and-fiber-killer-app-local-fiber-networks

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists,… Continue reading

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

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Issues RFP

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-broadband-authority-issues-rfp

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia has taken a deliberate pace on the road to improving local connectivity. On December 10th, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) released an RFP for proposals for an open access fiber optic network. The RVBA is seeking a partner to build the network that will remain a publicly owned asset… Continue reading

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://www.muninetworks.org/content/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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Featured 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://www.muninetworks.org/content/sandynet-now-offering-gigabit-ftth-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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Featured 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