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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2015

Cable Companies Lose Big at FCC, Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down

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

Two southern cities today persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to recognize their right to build their own publicly owned Internet networks where existing providers had refused to invest in modern connections. The 3-2 FCC vote removes barriers for municipal networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina, to extend their high-quality Internet service to nearby… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-council-moves-forward-muni-project-ellsworth-maine

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

Rochester Pursues Business Case Study for Muni Network in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rochester-pursues-business-case-study-muni-network-minnesota

The Rochester City Council recently voted unanimously to move forward with a study on the possibilities of publicly owned broadband in this southeastern city. Rochester will then decide whether to move forward with bids to form a public-private partnership for a network, or pursue another path. After receiving dozens of calls from his constituents, City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Boulder Uses New Found Authority to Offer Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-uses-new-found-authority-offer-free-wi-fi

Just two months after voters passed ballot measure 2C, the City of Boulder is solidifying plans to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown Civic Area, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder was one of several Colorado communities that reclaimed local authority last fall. They had no specific project planned but knew they needed to create… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Community Broadband Networks Press Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-networks-press-packet/

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources that support local authority for broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. As more community leaders realize the economic benefits of faster, more reliable Internet services, they are pursuing local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches. The vast majority of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2015

Supporters Rally Behind Wheeler, Chattanooga, and Wilson: “I Recommend Approval”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/supporters-rally-wheeler-chattanooga-wilson-i-recommend-approval/

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement yesterday supporting the concept of local authority for community broadband infrastructure. Chattanooga and Wilson filed petitions to scale back state restrictions last summer. In his statement, Wheeler officially recommended the Commission approve the petitions. If approved, the petitions have the potential to liberate local communities from state restrictions. Along with… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

ILSR’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsrs-research-serves-backbone-white-house-community-broadband-action/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Minnesota Organization’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action ILSR.org was instrumental in providing information, context and support to the administration ahead of their community broadband announcement this week.   Minneapolis, MN – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a Minnesota-based non-profit organization, has a lot to be proud of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2015

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-article-economic-development-and-fiber-killer-app-local-fiber-networks

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists,… 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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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