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

The Wired Road Now A Gigabit Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-road-now-gigabit-network

The Wired Road, a community-owned open access network, provides affordable fiber connectivity in rural Virginia. The network recently upgraded and now offers Gigabit commercial service in the Blue Ridge Crossroads region. From the press release: “America only has a few networks offering 1 Gigabit Broadband Services; it’s awesome that we have that technology here in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2013

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/look-mediacom-propaganda-emmetsburg-iowa

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2013

What the REC?! Final Comments on Minnesota’s Proposed Value of Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rec-final-comments-minnesotas-proposed-solar/

The final stakeholder meeting took place in mid-November (right before the holiday, hence the delayed post) and Minnesota’s draft value of solar methodology reflects a thorough and careful accounting of the value of solar to the utility, ratepayers, and society. With the exception of the two issues mentioned explicitly below, I believe the robust formula… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2013

In Kansas, Chanute One Step Closer to FTTH

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-chanute-one-step-closer-ftth

Chanute’s City Commission voted on November 25th to move forward with plans for a FTTH network. The community of approximately 9,000 began installing fiber in 1984 for electric utility purposes. They have slowly expanded the network throughout the community. Chanute’s fiber and wireless broadband utility now serves government, education, and several businesses. We documented their… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Westminster, Maryland’s Fiber Pilot Project Grows

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

Westminster began its FTTP pilot project last summer and interest is high. Brett Lake from the Carroll County Times recently reported the project is growing. According to the story, the Mayor and Common Council voted in late November to spend city capital projects reserve funds to expand the pilot.  During the engineering phase of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-ip-transition-public-knowledge-and-center-media-justice

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Solar Powered Wireless on the Reservation – Community Broadband Bits Episode #76

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/solar-powered-wireless-reservation-community-broadband-bits-episode-76

When it comes to building a community owned wireless network, few have more experience than Matthew Rantanen, our guest for the Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. Rantanen has an impressive list of titles, two of which are Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Palm Coast’s FiberNET Produces Dramatic Savings Locally

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/palm-coasts-fibernet-produces-dramatic-savings-locally

We last took a look at Palm Coast’s FiberNET over two years ago when Broadband Communities featured the open access fiber network along Florida’s upper east coast. Due to its initial focus on community anchor institutions and incremental build out, FiberNET serves as an outstanding example of how to justify a network investment with cost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2013

Dublin Municipal Network Serves Schools, Government, and Business in Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/dublin-municipal-network-serves/

In 1999, Laurens County Schools and Dublin City Schools needed to move past dial-up Internet access. The City of 16,000 built a fiber network to serve students in the community. It now also serves local government and businesses in the Dublin area. Once the network was in place, AT&T and Charter Communications began building in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2013

Charter Prices Inspire Washington City to Consider its Own Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charter-prices-inspires-washington-city-consider-its-own-network

Ellensburg, located in central Washington, is considering the pros and cons of a municipal fiber network. A big pro for the community of 18,000 is the ability to predict costs rather than depend on Charter Communications. Charter wants to begin charging $10,300 per month for municipal connectivity it previously supplied at no cost in return… Continue reading