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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2013

Ellensburg Pursues Its Fiber Project in Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ellensburg-pursues-its-fiber-project-washington

Ellensburg is quickly moving forward as it make plans to build a publicly owned fiber optic network. The City Council approved a contract with Canon Construction  on December 16th, reports the Daily Record. From the article: Canon Construction of Milton won the contract to lay 13 miles of above- and underground fiber optic cables for… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

The Single Best Article on the End of the Social Contract in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/single-piece-social-contract-ended-united-states/

In the recent issue of the American Prospect editor-at-large Harold Meyerson has written what may be the single best piece on the reasons behind the decline and fall of the American worker since the 1960s and the rise of the age of anxiety. The disparity between then and now is stark. In the 25 years… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

LightTUBe Financially Secure in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighttube-financially-secure-tennessee

Tullahoma Utilities Board’s triple-play FTTH LightTUBe, began serving Tullahoma in 2009. The fiber network utility is paying off its city bond debt on schedule reports the Tullahoma News. The network’s income during the first four months of fiscal year 2014 is a positive $58,939. General Manager Brian Skelton spoke with Chris Mitchell in July 2013 and expressed… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

How Solar Saves on Grid Costs – Episode 13 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/solar-saves-grid-costs-episode-13-local-energy-rules/

“We can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…” How can a utility like Long Island Power Authority avoid all that new capital expenditure?  Find out in this interview with Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering, recorded via Skype on November 25, 2013. Customer-Powered Utility The first question… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2013

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces Free Wi-Fi is Coming to Harlem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-announces-free-wi-fi-coming-harlem

The City of New York plans to deploy free Wi-Fi in a 95-city-block radius in Harlem. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the plan on December 10.  According to the press release, the project will be divided into three phases with completion scheduled for May 2014. The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2013

December 19th D.C. Luncheon and Policy Discussion on the Future of Universal Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/december-19th-dc-luncheon-and-policy-discussion-future-universal-service

On December 19, 2013, TechFreedom is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kingsbury Commitment with lunch and policy analysis. The event will include a luncheon keynote address by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai followed by a panel of policy leaders moderated by TechFreedom President Berin Szoka.   The panel: Harold Feld, Public Knowledge Rob Atkinson, Information… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2013

Susan Crawford on Mayors Solving Broadband Needs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-mayors-solving-broadband-needs

Nilay Patel, founder of tech news site the Verge, offers a nine minute interview with Susan Crawford on how we can improve access to the Internet in the US. Crawford is increasingly focusing on local action, which we have encouraged for years: Nilay Patel: In this context, to say that you’re hopeful about the government… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2013

In Indiana, Auburn Built Fiber Network Incrementally – Community Broadband Bits Episode 77

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indiana-auburn-built-fiber-network-incrementally-community-broadband-bits-episode-77

When a major employer in Auburn, a town of 13,000 in northeast Indiana, told the local government that it would have to move jobs to a different location unless it had improved Internet access, the local government first encouraged it to work with the telephone company. But when that telephone company, headquartered far from Auburn,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

Tullahoma News Seeks Insider’s View Via Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/tullahoma-news-seeks-insiders-view/

In July 2013, Christopher Mitchell interviewed Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB), for Episode #54 of the Broadband Bits podcast. The Tullahoma News recently reported on the podcast in an article on LighTUBe, the municipal network serving the south central Tennessee community. Staff writer Kelly Lapczynski reported on the network: “We’ve… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2013

On WCCO, ILSR Director of Democratic Energy Discusses Xcel Energy Rate Hike

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/wcco-ilsr-director-democratic-energy-discusses-xcel-energy-rate-hike/

“They need some more support from the Legislature in having a critical eye,” said John Farrell, of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “I think the laws that they operate under don’t give them a lot of flexibility to question…the base assumptions that Xcel is bringing to the table.” Check out the 2-minute video clip   Continue reading