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

Auburn Essential Services; A Workhorse in Northeast Indiana Saves Jobs, Serves Public

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/auburn-essential-services-workhorse-northeast-indiana-saves-jobs-serves-public

In 1985, Auburn Electric became one of the first communities in the midwest to deploy fiber. At the time, the purpose was to improve electric and voice systems substation communications within the municipal utility. That investment laid the foundation for a municipal network that now encourages economic development and saves public dollars while enhancing services. Auburn… Continue reading

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

White Space Pilot Project Brings Basic Internet From Library to Residents … For Free!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/white-space-pilot-project-brings-basic-internet-library-residents-%E2%80%A6-free

The Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) has orchestrated a pilot project to optimize white space technology for connectivity in and near community libraries and schools. We discussed this approach on our most recent podcast with Don Means, coordinator of the project. White spaces wireless, sometimes referred to as “Super Wi-Fi” or “TVWS,” can provide limited access in… Continue reading

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

Democratic Energy’s Top 5 of 2013

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energys-top-5-2013/

Rooftop Revolution A combination resource of our two reports on residential and commercial solar grid parity, including a slideshow, infographic, and an amazing interactive map (#5 on this list by itself).       Germany Has More Solar Power Because Everyone Wins It got press because someone at Fox News thought Germany was sunnier than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 1, 2014

“It Opens Up Our World,” Dark Fiber Coming to Marshall County Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/it-opens-our-world-dark-fiber-coming-marshall-county-indiana

Marshall County Council recently approved a motion to join several other entities to bring Indiana’s dark fiber Metronet to the area. WNDU reports St. Joseph County and the city of Plymouth are also contributing to the project (video available at WNDU link). The St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and a local company, Hoosier Racing Tire,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2013

Don Means on Libraries and White Spaces – Community Broadband Bits Episode 79

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/don-means-libraries-and-white-spaces-community-broadband-bits-episode-79

This week, Don Means joins us to talk about public libraries, their role in the modern era, and an interesting pilot project involving several libraries and white spaces wireless technology. Don is the coordinator of the Gigabit Libraries Network and has a passion for both libraries and expanding Internet access to all. We offer some… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2013

Local Efforts Will Bring Free Wi-Fi to Vidalia, Louisiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-efforts-will-bring-free-wi-fi-vidalia-louisiana

Vidalia joins the growing list of communities with plans to offer free Wi-Fi. A recent Miami Herald article reports on recent plans. Community leaders hope to get the project ready for launch in spring 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, hoped to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to build… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2013

San Francisco’s Market Street Now Offering Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/san-franciscos-market-street-now-offering-free-wi-fi

San Francisco now offers free Wi-Fi along Market Street. The city of approximately 825,000 joins a growing number of local municipalities that provide the service in select parts of town or in the entire city limits. The San Francisco Chronicle reports private companies donated hardware and a gigabit of bandwidth. The final cost was $500,000 to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2013

Crawford Explains Network Neutrality on 99% Invisible

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawford-explains-network-neutrality-99-invisible

The show was published over a year ago, but it holds up as a good explanation for both network neutrality and the danger of Comcast and other massive cable companies becoming too powerful. The popular podcast 99% Invisible interviewed Susan Crawford on the subject last November. It is worth listening to and keeping as a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2013

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

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Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 24, 2013

Bob Frankston Encore Interview – Community Broadband Bits Episode #78

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bob-frankston-encore-interview-community-broadband-bits-episode-78

For those looking for our weekly podcast over the holiday break, we decided to recut one of our early interviews with Bob Frankston, a favorite of Lisa’s, and put it back in the feed. We ran the original interview for episode 14 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast and again now for episode 78. Frankston… Continue reading