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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2015

Broward County Saves with Fiber Network in Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broward-county-saves-fiber-network-florida

In 2014, Broward County completed its transition from an expensive leased data, video, and voice communications system to its own fiber network. The southern Florida county is now saving $780,000 per year with plenty of room to grow. With the transition to an IP-based telephony system, the County also saves and additional $28,000 per year…. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – January 21, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-january-21-2015/

This week in democratic energy, the president’s acknowledgement of solar progress, global climate change, science (!), and the growing economic gap in our country means there’s never be a better time to support keeping our energy dollars local. Lyn Davis Learn’s short video on Huffington Post this week highlighted just how much 3-minutes can do… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 15, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-december-15-2014-2/

This week in democratic energy, media reports covered South Carolina’s net metering deal, Minnesota’s Solar Rewards Community program, and more. From Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog, Pierre Bull discussed a recent report that highlights which states excel and which states lag in promoting solar. Bull writes: “Knowledge is power, or at least… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 8, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-december-8-2014/

Over the last two weeks in democratic energy, media reports discussed a serious threat to Minneapolis’ recent city-utility partnership, why conservatives are embracing solar, and more. ILSR’s own John Farrell was cited in Utility Dive, in Robert Walton’s article, “Will Santa Fe be the next city to municipalize its electric utility?” Walton reports: “John Farrell,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Palm Coast’s FiberNET Produces Dramatic Savings Locally

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/palm-coasts-fibernet-produces-dramatic-savings-locally

We last took a look at Palm Coast’s FiberNET over two years ago when Broadband Communities featured the open access fiber network along Florida’s upper east coast. Due to its initial focus on community anchor institutions and incremental build out, FiberNET serves as an outstanding example of how to justify a network investment with cost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2013

GRUCom Gives Gainesville Gigabit Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/grucom-gives-gainesville-gigabit-broadband

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has been deploying fiber in the north-central Florida home to the University of Florida (UF) since the late 1990s. We briefly mentioned them last year when Gig.U teamed up with GRUCom, GRU’s telecom division, to connect neighborhoods and businesses surrounding the University with fiber broadband. We’ve since taken a deeper look… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Jacksonville Discovers Savings and Faster Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jacksonville-discovers-savings-and-faster-connectivity

It is no secret to our readers that communities throughout the country have transitioned from leasing services from big corporations to building their own fiber networks to save public dollars. Some create collaborations between various entities to reduce costs. Jacksonville is the latest to dabble in collaboration and has found a way to save $200,000… Continue reading

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

Lakeland Dark Fiber In Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #58

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lakeland-dark-fiber-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-58

In Florida, Lakeland is one of several communities that has built a dark fiber network in a low-risk bid to expand connectivity for anchor institutions and to spur economic development. City of Lakeland Fiber Optics Supervisor Paul Meyer joins us for episode #58 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. Meyer explains why Lakeland began offering… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2013

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida’s Lakeland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dark-fiber-paying-floridas-lakeland

Near the center of Florida sits Lakeland, the largest city between Orlando and Tampa with 98,000 residents. The area boasts 38 lakes, citrus crops, and a growing healthcare industry. Lakeland also owns a fiber optic network serving education, business, and government. To learn more, we spoke with Paul Meyer, Lakeland Electric City of Lakeland Fiber… Continue reading