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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Utah’s Spanish Fork City Network an Incredible Success

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utahs-spanish-fork-city-network-incredible-success

Back in 2010, we reported on the municipal network in Spanish Fork, Utah. Back then, the utility innaugurated its telephone service, which completed its triple play offering. With recent discussion around Utah’s UTOPIA, Spanish Fork is getting a second look. A Cimaron Neugebauer, Salt Lake Tribune article, highlights the success of the Spanish Fork Communications… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 13, 2012

Broadband is Essential Infrastructure for Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-essential-infrastructure-communities

In August, we reported on the results of a report on UTOPIA by the Office of the State Auditor General of Utah. As you will recall, the results were less than favorable and presented more fodder for those opposed to municipal telecommunications infrastructure investment. The same old arguments often rest on the financial investment in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2012

Canadian Community Brings Fiber to All in Alberta Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/canadian-community-brings-fiber-all-alberta-town

Back in 2010, we reported on SuperNet in Alberta, Canada. We noted how, even though it resulted in significant middle-mile infrastructure expansion, there were still many, many Canadians along the route that were not connected. We drew a parallel between that experience and the focus on middle mile infrastructure via the broadband stimulus programs. In… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2012

Support Us With Year End Donation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/support-us-year-end-donation

“I think you guys are on to something and understand better than anyone else about what I was talking about, about closing the leaks of equity out of our communities. I thank you for all of the diverse work that you’ve done.” – Bill Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign As a reader of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 25 – Dewayne Hendricks Returns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-25-dewayne-hendricks-returns

Dewayne Hendricks has returned for his second appearance on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, continuing our discussion about the potential for wireless technologies to improve how we access the Internet. We recommend listening to his first appearance in episode 18 before this one. Here, we take up the old wired vs. wireless debate, but quickly… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2012

Lafayette Republicans and Democrats Joined Forces for Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayette-republicans-and-democrats-joined-forces-fiber

Earlier this year, we published a case study that examined the LUS Fiber network and its origins. In it, we noted that both Republicans and Democrats backed the plan but here we focus on their resolutions in support. Back in early 2005, Lafayette was preparing for a referendum on whether the city owned utility should… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 7, 2012

AT&T’s Many Broken Merger Promises

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/atts-many-broken-merger-promises

AT&T and others regularly woo their regulators and policymakers with promises to built increase investments or expand networks in return for deregulation or merger approval. A recent Gerry Smith Huffington Post article examines a familiar pattern of broken promises made by telcos, what has developed into a chronic wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am attitude by these massive corporations. We… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 7, 2012

The Catholics and Wind Power in History

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

A funny historical tidbit courtesy of David Morris, showing the exercise of papal power over wind power: “In Northern Europe, one of the earliest records of windmills were the ones in England recorded in 1185…Also, in 1191, records show that a windmill in Bury St. Edmunds was constructed in defiance of the local abbot. The… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 7, 2012

Lincoln, the Movie, and The Rest of the Story

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

Lincoln is a magnificent movie. But as I left the theatre, to echo Paul Harvey, the late radio commentator, I wanted to know “the rest of the story”. The movie begins in January 1865, exactly 2 years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves of the Confederate States “thenceforward and forever free. ” As… Continue reading

Wilson Gives Greenlight to Fast Internet
Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 5, 2012

Report: Community Network Leads North Carolina to Fast Internet Future

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

Following the collapse of key industries, a town of 50,000 in eastern North Carolina had to make a hard choice. It wanted to support existing businesses and attract new ones but the cable and telephone companies were not interested in upgrading their networks for cutting edge capacity. So Wilson decided to build its own fiber… Continue reading