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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2013

Shafter Fiber Network, Then, Now, and Next – Community Broadband Bits Episode #56

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shafter-fiber-network-then-now-and-next-community-broadband-bits-episode-56

Last week, we discussed how Shafter’s plans in California for a community fiber network changed with the Great Recession. Today we have an interview with Shafter Assistant City Manager Scott Hurlbert with an expanded discussion of how the community adjusted and what its next steps will be. Shafter transitioned from leased T1 lines to a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2013

UC2B Saves Public Money With Better Broadband in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-saves-public-money-better-broadband-illinois

The City of Champaign is now celebrating the transition to the UC2B fiber network. With underground fiber lines, the City will no longer be plagued by weather related interruptions. Champaign is also counting on significant savings on a network that is more than 1000 times faster than the old connections. From the City of Champaign… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 20, 2013

Utah’s Xmission Keeps Customer Data Private

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utahs-xmission-keeps-customer-data-private

We have not wirtten much on the NSA spying scandal but encountered a recent article in the Guardian that our readers can appreciate. Rory Carroll reports that Xmission, one of the local Internet service providers working with UTOPIA, has long refused to turn over private data to local, state and federal officials absent a proper… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2013

New Hampshire FastRoads to Partner With Sovernet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshire-fastroads-partner-sovernet

New Hampshire FastRoads will soon be working with Vermont’s Sovernet to bring access to southern New Hampshire. According to the Battleboro Reformer, Sovernet is ready to begin offering data and voice service as soon as the fiber infrastructure is complete. “It’s really exciting because while we do some business in New Hampshire we have not… Continue reading