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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/proposed-2-year-strategy-energy-democracy-minneapolis/

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years? It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered. (Disclosure: I serve on the board of Community Power… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2014

Boulder and Yuma Turn to Voters to Reclaim Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-and-yuma-turn-voters-reclaim-authority

Two more Colorado communities will be deciding whether or not to reclaim local telecommunications authority this fall. Colorado State Bill 152 took away local authority in 2005 but voters in several areas of the state are taking it back. Readers will recall Centennial voters passed the measure 3:1 last fall and Montrose voters approved a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Decorah Fiber Network Wins Civic Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/decorah-fiber-network-wins-civic-award

The town of Decorah, Iowa, population 8,000, lies along the winding banks of the Iowa River. So close to the river, in fact, that in 2008 its floodwaters swamped parts of the town, including the emergency operations center. That unfortunate event got city leaders thinking about how to ensure secure and redundant communications in future… Continue reading

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

The Dalles Pays off Its Network Debt Ahead of Schedule

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dalles-pays-its-network-debt-ahead-schedule

Of the more than 400 communities around the country that have built and benefitted from community networks, the town of The Dalles in Oregon may have a case for the title of “most bang for the buck.” Their commitment of $10,000 12 years ago to leverage a $1.8 million “QLife” fiber optic network has lead… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

New Report Details Local Government Efforts to Improve Minnesota Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-report-details-local-government-efforts-improve-minnesota-connectivity

In our latest report, All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access, we analyze how local governments in 12 Minnesota communities are expanding 21st century Internet access to their citizens. In 2010, the Minnesota legislature set a goal for 2015 – universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2014

City Net Brings 100 Gbps to Santa Monica, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-net-brings-100-gbps-santa-monica-california

For one of the fastest municipal networks in the U.S., travel to Santa Monica and sample City Net. The City just announced network capacity and speed upgrades to 100 Gbps. City Net is available to many local businesses and connects key community anchor institutions. The entertainment, tech, and healthcare industries have a strong presence in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 22, 2014

Three New Companies Move to the Silicon Bayou

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/three-new-companies-move-silicon-bayou

In the past few months, Lafayette has drawn in three high tech companies that will create approximately 1,300 well-paying positions. In addition to the community’s commitment to boost its high-tech workforce, better connectivity offered by LUS Fiber helped attract the new businesses. According to a Daily World article, the most recent addition is Perficient, Inc…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2014

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/solar-new-energy-economy/

I spent three days this week with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. This new… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Business, Education Call on Culver City to Invest in Muni Fiber in L.A. County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/business-education-call-culver-city-invest-muni-fiber-la-county

Last fall, Culver City hired a consultant to develop a design and business plan for a possible fiber network project. Recently, prominent business leaders and parents of local school children have publicly expressed their support for a municipal network. Culver City, also known as “The Heart of Screenland” is situated in west L.A. County, surrounded… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2014

The Guardian Visits Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/guardian-visits-chattanooga

The Guardian recently ran an article covering Chattanooga EPB’s fiber network. The article tells the story of the birth of the network, the challenges the community faced to get its gigabit service, and how the network has sculpted the community. Reporter Dominic Rushe, mentioned how the city has faced legal opposition from incumbents that sued… Continue reading