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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber on Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #59

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-epb-fiber-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-59

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 12, 2013

Minneapolis could excel beyond Xcel

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

A lot of folks came to a hearing at Minneapolis City Hall eight days ago to oppose a ballot measure authorizing the city to form a municipal utility. Mostly they argued that the status quo is sufficient. I’d like to ask if they understand the question. This commentary was originally published by the Star Tribune… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2013

Mudd Advertising and Cedar Falls Utility Talk Gigabit Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mudd-advertising-and-cedar-falls-utility-talk-gigabit-broadband

As we reported back in May, Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) now offers citywide gigabit broadband. Mudd Advertising is one local company poised to take full advantage of the new blazing speeds. Mudd invited officials from CFU into its studio for a live panel discussion about the new gigabit service and what it means for the… Continue reading

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

We Need Video Reform, Let D.C. Know What You Think

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-need-video-reform-let-dc-know-what-you-think

Time Warner Cable subscribers across the country who enjoy CBS programming are out of luck. The two media giants have reached an impasse in their fight over retransmission consent so several major markets are now missing out. CBS has also taken the fight one step farther, blocking TWC broadband subscribers from accessing CBS.com video content…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2013

Douglas County PUD Lowers Cost of Connecting to Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/douglas-county-pud-lowers-cost-connecting-community-network

A Wenatchee World article recently announced that Douglas County Public Utilities District is reducing the rate it charges to connect to the community fiber network. According to the July 18th article, connecting to the Douglas County Community Network (DCCN) previously cost a one time fee of $250. The PUD Commissioners decided to shave $100 off… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2013

Introducing David Collado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/introducing-david-collado

You will soon start seeing some stories by David Collado, under the byline “dcollado.” David has been researching community owned networks with ILSR for the summer and will continue for a few more months. Here is some background biographical details on David. David Collado is currently a JD candidate (2014) at Benjamin N. Cardozo School… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2013

Broadband Communities Mag Publishes List of Municipal Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-communities-mag-publishes-list-municipal-fiber-networks

This summer, Broadband Communities Magazine published its list of 135 municipalities that have invested in their own FTTH networks. In the May/June issue, Masha Zager finds that a growing number of communities are building fiber to the home networks. Subscriptions to the magazine are available here. In her accompanying article [PDF], Zager describes her precise… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Lakeland Dark Fiber In Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #58

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lakeland-dark-fiber-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-58

In Florida, Lakeland is one of several communities that has built a dark fiber network in a low-risk bid to expand connectivity for anchor institutions and to spur economic development. City of Lakeland Fiber Optics Supervisor Paul Meyer joins us for episode #58 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. Meyer explains why Lakeland began offering… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Roanoke Valley in Virginia Pondering Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-virginia-pondering-municipal-network

The Roanoke Valley, nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, grapples with the same connectivity problems facing many communities in rural Virginia. Private providers have few incentives to invest in next-generation Internet networks because the low density population promises too little profit.  Like Danville, Bristol, and the Rockbridge area, communities in the Roanoke Valley are taking… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 8 Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2013

How I Got Here

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

I spent the past two weeks saying goodbye to my father, Jim Farrell, so instead of my usual discussion of good policy and practices for distributed renewable energy, I’m taking time to explore how my dad’s work on sustainability fits  with how I approach it in this blog (and elsewhere) in my work for the Institute… Continue reading