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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

UTOPIA at a Crossroads: Part 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-crossroads-part-1

This is the first of a three part series, in which we examine the current state of the UTOPIA network, how it got there, and the choices it faces going forward. At the end of a month of public meetings, hearings, and city council votes, just over half of the cities that make up UTOPIA… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Harford County Network Goes Live in Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/harford-county-network-goes-live-maryland

Harford County, a mixed suburban and rural area in northeast Maryland, flipped the switch in late May on its Harford Metro Area Network (HMAN). The network includes 160 miles of fiber bringing high speed broadband to 150 sites, including all area schools, fire stations, libraries, and county and municipal buildings. The project required $13.8 million… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/financing-municipal-networks-fact-sheet/

This fact sheet provides information on the most common ways local communities finance their municipal networks. When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each community is unique but three main methods of financing are most popular. This fact sheet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2014

High Speed in the Blue Grass State: Russellville’s Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/high-speed-blue-grass-state-russellvilles-gig

The Logan Journal recently reported that the Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) now offers gigabit service to local businesses. The article notes that Net Index, an online tool to measure download and upload speeds, recognizes EPB as the first Gig city in Kentucky. To learn more about the community and its network, we talked with Robert… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2013

HB 286 Refined for New Hampshire Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hb-286-refined-new-hampshire-legislature

We caught up with Carole Monroe from New Hampshire FastRoads to get an update on what is happening in the legislature this sesssion. We reported last spring on HB 286, intended to allow local communities more decision making power. The bill did not advance last session, but new language may breath new hope into the… Continue reading

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

Election Day 2013 Community Owned Network Referendum Roundup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/election-day-2013-community-owned-network-referendum-roundup

Starting with the good news, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly supported municipal network intiatives. Longmont voted 2:1 in favor of bonding to fast track network expansion. We have covered this issue in great depth recently. Read all of our coverage of Longmont here. The local paper covered the referendum results in this story: 2B’s passage means… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

As Emmetsburg Plans to Vote on Muni Network, Mediacom Misinforms

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/emmetsburg-plans-vote-muni-network-mediacom-misinforms

The Iowa community of 4,000 will take up Public Measure D on November 5th. Voters will decided whether to approve a $3.5 million bond issue to cover approximately half the cost to build a FTTH system. Incumbent Mediacom is distributing flyers throughout the community urging a “no” vote. Community leaders are doing their best to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2013

Longmont Prepares to Vote on Fiber Bonds – Community Broadband Bits Episode #68

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-prepares-vote-fiber-bonds-community-broadband-bits-episode-68

As Longmont prepares to vote on November 5, we are paying special attention to question 2B, which will authorize the city utility to issue revenue bonds to finance the FTTH network already being built. The successful referendum from 2011 gave the City authority to build the network and this referendum, if successful, will finance a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 4, 2013

Washington State Law Change Transformed Fiber Project in Poulsbo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-state-law-change-transformed-fiber-project-poulsbo

The story has been updated to fix errors. The original story described the project as a partnership but we have since learned it is a project of the Kitsap Public Utility District that is encouraged by the City. We reported on Poulsbo, Washington, last fall after the community began a wireless pilot project providing a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2013

Monticello Moves Closer to Settlement with Bondholders

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-moves-closer-settlement-bondholders

It has been about a year since we checked in on FiberNet Monticello, a city-owned FTTH network about 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis. At that time, the network was generating insufficient revenue to meet debt payments, the private company operating the network (HBC) was stepping down, and Gigabit Squared was kicking the tires. Since then,… Continue reading