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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mark-creekmore-takes-windstream-community-broadband-bits-podcast-69

Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Rates Approved for Opelika Community Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rates-approved-opelika-community-fiber-network

We have followed happenings in Opelika, Alabama, for three years as the community investigated the benefits of a fiber network. They contended with a Charter misinformation campaign and voted yes on a referendum. Construction began in 2012, Opelika Power Services (OPS) tested the network, and recently the Opelika City Council approved proposed rates.  OANow.com now reports that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2013

Hilarious Video Compares Fiber to the Home with Fiber to the Node

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hilarious-video-compares-fiber-home-fiber-node

Another great video from Australia makes many salient points regarding the debate over their national broadband network. One key point to take away is that it is possible to talk to non-technical normal people about this subject without overwhelming them or boring them. Another is that FTTN = fiber to the nowhere, not fiber to… Continue reading

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

Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/billy-ray-origins-first-muni-broadband-network

During the summer, I spent two days in Glasgow, Kentucky, to learn about the first municipal broadband network in the country. I believe it also became the first community in the US to have broadband access available universally within the town. Working with the Media Working Group, we recorded several interviews with people there, including… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2013

Rise of Comcast Linked to Slower US Internet Speeds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rise-comcast-linked-slower-us-internet-speeds

This is an older column, but the introduction is so dead-on, I wanted to draw more attention to it: If Dwight Eisenhower had General Motors and George W. Bush had Halliburton, Barack Obama arguably has Comcast. US presidents are often linked to one or two corporations that donate a lot of money to them and… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2013

Why Coal and Nuclear (Baseload) Are Not Compatible with a Renewable Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/coal-nuclear-baseload-compatible-renewable-future/

A terrific video explains why utility investments in “baseload” coal and nuclear power plants are acting against increasing renewable energy.  Credit to EnergyShouldBe, a website created by one of the technical analysts helping Boulder, CO, pursue a more local, renewable energy system. My one caveat is that flexibility of a utility system varies by utility. … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2013

Longmont Prepares to Vote on Fiber Bonds – Community Broadband Bits Episode #68

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-prepares-vote-fiber-bonds-community-broadband-bits-episode-68

As Longmont prepares to vote on November 5, we are paying special attention to question 2B, which will authorize the city utility to issue revenue bonds to finance the FTTH network already being built. The successful referendum from 2011 gave the City authority to build the network and this referendum, if successful, will finance a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2013

Industry Lobbyists Oppose Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Proposal – Part 2

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/industry-lobbyists-oppose-gigabit-communities-race-top-proposal-part-2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series discussing comments submitted to the FCC in response to a petition filed by Fiber-To-The-Home Council proposing a new Gigabit Community Race to the Top program. In Part 1 of this post, I focused mainly on the complaints filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) against… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2013

Video Explains the Public’s Rights-of-Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/video-explains-publics-rights-way

The publicly owned rights-of-way (ROW or PROW), are a misunderstood resource in many communities. Local governments manage them on behalf of the public, but are under pressure as very large, very profitable cable and telephone companies seek to prevent local governments from charging rent to those using the PROW. This video from Oregon quickly explains… Continue reading

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

Update on Baltimore’s Municipal Fiber Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-baltimores-municipal-fiber-plan

Kevin Litten, of the Baltimore Business Journal has published a good discussion of why Baltimore is considering a public investment to expand the City’s fiber network. Councilman William H. Cole IV still bristles when he talks about the absence of FiOS in the city, a decision industry observers say has played out in other urban… Continue reading