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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

The End Of Personal Space

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/personal-space/

The natural tendency of the private sector, when unrestrained, is to strip us of our personal physical and psychic space.  Just look at what has happened in the airline and broadcasting industries. When it comes to air travel, private companies’ profits depend on maximizing revenue per cubic inch of space inside a plane. Fifty years… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2014

It’s Been A Very Bad Month For the Private Sector

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bad-month-private-sector/

The private sector has had a very bad month.   Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.    “An unlikely Star of the Holiday Shipping Season:  The U.S. Postal Service” is how Business Week described the clear victory of the public… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2014

Ohio Community Wants to Expand Use of Existing Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ohio-community-wants-expand-use-existing-fiber

In Springfield, Ohio, community leaders are looking for ways to use their share of a commercially owned fiber optic loop on the eastern side of town. The community hopes to secure a $50,000 Local Innovation Fund grant from the state to finance a feasibility study reports the News-Sun. Approximately 60,000 people live in Springfield, located… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2014

Wisconsin Gets a Gig in Reedsburg

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wisconsin-gets-gig-reedsburg

The latest addition to the growing list of gigabit communities is Reedsburg, Wisconsin. For residential customers, the service is available for $274.95/month when bundled or $299.95/month standalone. The network has long delivered gigabit services to local businesses but the residential offer is new. In a recent press release the Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) announced it now… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2014

The High Cost of the Solar Middleman

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

If there’s no such thing as a free lunch, then how can Americans get solar on their roof with “zero money down” and lower their electric bill?  Solar leasing, as it’s often called, is a clever market solution to poor federal and state policy design that otherwise requires Americans to do financial acrobatics to power… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2014

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; Addressing Big City Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-shares-lessons-learned-seattle-gigabit-squared-big-city-networks/

We originally published this story on MuniNetworks.org, ILSR’s site dedicated to our broadband initiative. This is the first in a series of articles on Seattle and Gigabit Squared by Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Initiative. A few weeks ago, a Geekwire interview with outgoing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the Gigabit Squared project there… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2014

New Case Study of Leverett, Mass, Muni Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-case-study-leverett-mass-muni-network

We first reported on Leverett in the spring of 2012. Leverett, a small town of 2,000, also attracted Susan Crawford’s attention. Crawford and Robyn Mohr recently wrote a case study on the community’s efforts to build its own fiber network. The Berkman Center for Internet & Society released the paper on December 16, 2013. Readers… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 7, 2014

Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 80

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/justifying-network-indirect-cost-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-80

Today, Lisa and I are joined by Eric Lampland for a discussion of how a community could justify building a community owned network from the indirect benefits that it would create, including the savings that each household realizes from competition driving down prices. Eric Lampland is the CEO and principal consultant of Lookout Point Communications,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 7, 2014

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://ilsr.org/local-efforts-will-bring-free-wi-fi-vidalia/

A growing number of local municipalities are finding ways to offer fee Wi-Fi. Vidalia is the latest according to a recent Miami Herald article. Community leaders hope to launch the new service by the spring of 2014. Vidalia, home to 4,300 residents, originally planned to use funds from a 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 7, 2014

Colorado and Mississippi Test White Space Technology

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/colorado-and-mississippi-test-white-space-technology

We recently reported on the WhiteSpaces Pilot Project from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN). In order to find out the results in the trenches, we contacted two participant communities: Delta County, Colorado and Pascagoula, Mississippi. The project connects libraries with vendors that supply equipment tapping into what has been television spectrum, or “white spaces.” A… Continue reading