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filed under General | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Mesa’s Focus on Dig Once and Fiber Leases Pays Off – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 139

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mesas-focus-dig-once-and-fiber-leases-pays-community-broadband-bits-podcast-139

Arizona’s city of Mesa is one of the largest communities in the nation to benefit from the city taking role in ensuring conduit and fiber are available throughout the area. This week we talk wi… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Chris responds to President Obama’s endorsement of community networks on MPR’s “Daily Circuit”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-responds-president-obama%E2%80%99s-endorsement-community-networks-mprs-daily-circuit

Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit (MPR) interviewed Chris about President Obama’s recent endorsment to end restrictions on states that limit local broadband authority. Chris and Danna Mackenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, answered questions about what Obama’s announcement means for faster, cheaper, more reliable Internet for consumers.  Chris explained that it’s… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Answering Questions About Title II and Munis – Community Broadband Bits Episode 138

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/answering-questions-title-ii-munis-community-broadband-bits-episode-138/

As we near the FCC open meeting at the end of next week, when it will decide on both the Chattanooga and Wilson petitions regarding their wish to expand as well as a proposal to reclassify Internet access a Title II service in order to ensure it can maintain the same open Internet we have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/partnership-greater-minnesota-focuses-non-metro-need-community-broadband-bits-podcast-136

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access a major priority in their efforts to influence the state legislature. This week, we talk… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity’s Middle Way – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 135

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunitys-middle-way-community-broadband-bits-podcast-135

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Ohio that has connected thousands of community anchor institutions with high capacity connections. Created as OneCleveland before expanding, it has remained a rather unique approach to expanding high quality Internet access. This week, CEO Lev Gonick joins us to talk about OneCommunity and its contributions to the region…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ting-delivering-ftth-great-news-community-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-134

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-maryland-community-broadband-bits

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2015

“The Secret Side of Global Trade” – David Morris, International Forum on Globalization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/the-secret-side-global-trade-david-morris-international-forum-globalization/

David Morris spoke at Riverside Church for the International Forum on Globalization in 1995 about local self-reliance and global trade. His words still ring true today. You can listen to the audio from the speech below, download it in your podcast player, or watch it on our YouTube channel. David Morris is co-founder of the Institute and… Continue reading