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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-communities-still-committed-rs-fiber-cooperative

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-communities-still-committed-rs-fiber-cooperative

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Bill to Establish Broadband Grant Program in Montana State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-establish-broadband-grant-program-montana-state-legislature

In Missoula and Bozeman, momentum is building for improved connectivity by way of community network infrastructure. As usual, funding a municipal network is always one of the main challenges, but the state appears uninterested in helping them. State Representative Kelly McCarthy recently dropped HB 14 into the hopper, a bill to create a broadband development… Continue reading

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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