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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2013

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-discusses-municipal-broadband-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-57

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2013

The Truth about Amazon and Job Creation

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

Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Amazon is costing our economy and undermining real job growth. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2013

Shafter Network Expands To Serve Local Businesses in California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shafter-network-expands-serve-local-businesses-california

The community of Shafter enjoys savings, better public safety, and more educational opportunities with the municipal fiber network that we wrote about two weeks ago and discussed in last week’s podcast. In 2006, Shafter spent $200,000 on its I-Net to serve local schools and government in the core of the downtown area. While the community had originally… Continue reading

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

TV Everywhere in Tullahoma, Tennessee

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

Tullahoma’s network, LighTUBe, continues to bring new services to residents and business customers, including smart metering and gig service. LighTUBe has increased Internet speeds without raising rates five times since 2008. Now, LighTUBe offers ‘TV Everywhere’ to subscribers. The Tullahoma New reports: TV Everywhere allows customers to watch content on mobile devices such as iPads… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2013

No High-Speed in Manchester: European Commission Rules Preempt Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/no-high-speed-manchester-european-commission-rules-preempt-local-authority

Though we often discuss some of the ways European nations have surpassed the U.S. in Internet network investment, they also have some counter-productive rules that limit investment. The Manchester Evening News recently published an article about a plan to bring high speed Internet to a deprived area of 30,000 homes where access is either slow… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2013

Longmont to Vote a 3rd Time on Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-vote-3rd-time-fiber-network

The Longmont community will soon have the chance to decide how quickly they want ubiquitous FTTH. On July 23rd, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to ask voters in a referendum if they want to bond for funds to speed up construction of the LPC fiber network. Absent bond financing, the network will expand… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2013

‘Watershed’ Climate and Energy Agreement Between CenterPoint Energy and City of Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/watershed-climate-energy-agreement-centerpoint-energy-city-minneapolis/

Minneapolis MN (July 25, 2013) – In a groundbreaking agreement announced yesterday, the gas utility serving Minneapolis – CenterPoint Energy – will work with the city of Minneapolis to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.  The agreement, negotiated with the grassroots campaign Minneapolis Energy Options, secures the support of the gas… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2013

Neil Seldman Presents Recycling Based Economic Development Options in NC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/neil-seldman-presents-recycling-based-economic-development-options-nc/

People for Clean Mountains (PCM), Transylvania County, NC, have convinced County Commissioners to pass a 12-month moratorium on the construction of incinerators using any feedstock and producing any type of electricity or biofuel from garbage incineration in the county. The Commissioners reacted to the strong opposition to a proposed facility that would burn garbage and old… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2013

“Olds” is First Gigabit Town in Canada

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/olds-first-gigabit-town-canada

We introduced you to Olds, Alberta and their community network O-Net in 2012. Now this community of 8,500 will be the first Canadian “gig town” where residents will have access to a gig at incredibly low prices.  CBC News reports that the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development, the nonprofit organization building the network, recently… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2013

Wilson’s Greenlight Getting the Publicity It Deserves

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wilsons-greenlight-getting-publicity-it-deserves

WUNC 91.5, North Carolina Public Radio, recently introduced Greenlight to its audience. We have covered Wilson and Greenlight extensively since 2009. Will Michaels spoke with Will Aycock, highlighting the network’s gigabit status. “We’re able to support the surveillance cameras and different sensors throughout the community to make us a smarter city.  Certainly, we’re able to support many institutions here such as… Continue reading