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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2014

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Video and Materials Now Available from Blandin

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

Our friends at the Blandin Foundation recently sponsored another Minnesota Border to Border Broadband conference. Video and materials are now available. In addition to the archived video of the November 19th event in Brainerd, Minnesota, Blandin on Broadband‘s Ann Treacy provides links to summaries of each session, some of which also have PowerPoint presentations or… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

“Ask Us Anything” on Organizing for a Fiber Network Ready For Viewing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ask-anything-organizing-fiber-network-webinar/

On November 5th, we opened up the lines of communication for our first “Ask Us Anything: An Open Talk on Muni Networks” event. That event is now available on our YouTube Channel. We find many communities and their citizens are interested in exploring municipal networks as a possible method to improve connectivity but don’t know… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2014

Chris Mitchell Presents in Brussels on the State of Fiber in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/state-broadband-united-states-mitchell-brussels-fiber/

Chris was recently invited to present in Brussels on the experience of U.S. cities and fiber optic investment. The event was organized by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SALAR) and Stokab (The City of Stockholm IT infrastructure company). Mitchell gave an overview of the situation in the US and described the difficulties of getting high-capacity broadband,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

Next Century Cities – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 121

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/next-century-cities-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-121

This week, we helped to launch Next Century Cities, a collaborative effort of local governments that are making smart investments and partnerships to ensure their communities have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access. Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, coming to it from a nonprofit organization she developed in Boston called… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2014

Responding to Crazy Talk: Arguments Against FCC Restoring Local Authority – Community Broadband Bits Episode 120

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/responding-crazy-talk-arguments-against-fcc-restoring-local-authority-community-broadband

Lisa Gonzalez and I have been wading though all kinds of crazy talk since the cities of Wilson and Chattanooga filed petitions with the FCC to strike down state laws that prevent them from offering Internet access to their neighbors. In our first episode of Crazy Talk since way back in episode 72, we deal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2014

State of Minnesota’s Border to Border Broadband Fund – Community Broadband Bits Episode 119

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/state-minnesotas-border-border-broadband-fund-community-broadband-bits-episode-119

Earlier, this year, the Minnesota Legislature established a “Border to Border” Broadband fund to expand Internet access to the least connected in the state. Senator Matt Schmit and Representative Erik Simonson led the effort to establish the fund that is now administered by Danna Mackenzie. All three of them join us this week to discuss… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

Connecticut Communities Want Better Internet Access – Community Broadband Bits Episode 118

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connecticut-communities-want-better-internet-access-community-broadband-bits-episode-118

While in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Broadband Communities Municipal Broadband and Economic Development event, I met several of the people that have been working on an initiative that aims to bring better Internet access to many in Connecticut. Two of them, Connecticut Consumer Counsel Elin Katz and Broadband Policy Coordinator Bill Vallee join me this… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum – Community Broadband Bits Episode 116

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-internet-governance-forum-community-broadband-bits-episode-116

This week, Lisa Gonzalez interviews me about my recent trip to the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The IGF is an opportunity for anyone concerned with Internet Governance on planet Earth to discuss the perceived problems and possible solutions. It uses a multi-stakeholder format, which means that governments, businesses, civil society, and academics are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2014

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-muni-fiber-net-maine-community-broadband-bits-episode-115

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the financing behind the network and their partnership with local Internet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

Sallisaw: The First Muni Fiber Network in Oklahoma – Community Broadband Bits Episode 114

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sallisaw-first-muni-fiber-network-oklahoma-community-broadband-bits-episode-114

Sallisaw is one of many small municipal FTTH networks that most people are not familiar with. For a decade, they have been quietly meeting their community’s needs with DiamondNet. For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we learn more about it in a conversation with Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton and Network Communications Supervisor Danny Keith…. Continue reading