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Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of March 27, 2015

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This week in Democratic Energy: Why homeowners may want to think twice before leasing solar panels How Germany’s solar success shines — even through solar eclipse New Solar ownership program could be key to distributed local energy surge Find out which Texas city is set to completely embrace clean power! Featured Stories Leased solar panels can… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 13, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-13-2015-2/

The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 13, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-13-2015/

The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Rural Cooperative Launches Educational Network in Northern Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-in-northern-georgia/

There was some good news at the end of August in Georgia, just in time for the new school year: a fiber optic network spanning 3,600 miles and potentially tying together up to 330 schools with 10 gigabit connections was announced. Dubbed the “Education Exchange,” the network is the product of an agreement between the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Understanding the Georgia Communications Cooperative – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #92

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/understanding-the-georgia-communications-cooperative-community-broadband-bits-podcast-92/

While at the SEATOA Conference in Raleigh last week, I met Mike Foor, the President and CEO of the Georgia Communications Cooperative (GCC). Given the important role GCC is playing in expanding great Internet access in rural Georgia, we wanted to interview him for Community Broadband Bits. Back in episode 46, we spoke with Paul… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2014

Georgia and Idaho Communities Pass Resolutions in Support of Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/georgia-and-idaho-communities-pass-resolutions-in-support-of-local-authority/

Two more communities recently passed resolutions in support of local authority for broadband networks. We have written about Ammon and its open access network in southeast Idaho. The municipal network connects anchor institutions and wireless towers in the community of approximately 14,000 people. Chris spoke with Bruce Patterson, Ammon’s Technology Director, in Episode 86 of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Georgia Town Eliminates Local Tax With Network Revenue

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Thomasville belongs to Community Network Services (CNS), serving six communities in southwest Georgia. Thanks in part to revenue generated by the network, this community of 18,000 has eliminated its local fire tax. In 2013, Thomasville is estimated to earn a net income of up to $8.5 million from its utility services while keeping prices affordable… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Thomasville Removes Local Tax, Citing Strong Broadband Revenues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/thomasville-removes-local-tax-citing-strong-broadband-revenues/

Thomasville is one of six cities served by Community Network Services (CNS) in rural southwest Georgia. We’ve covered Thomasville and CNS in the past, highlighting the benefits of reliable high-speed broadband in these remote rural communities. But one benefit we haven’t covered yet is quite remarkable – Thomasville residents have been paying zero fire tax… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Dublin, Georgia: Offering Connectivity to Businesses, Schools, Government Since 1999

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-to-businesses-schools-government-since-1999/

Dublin, home to 16,000 people, is also home to a network that snakes through the city and parts of Laurens County. In addition to a natural gas utility that serves the region, the city provides connectivity to two area school districts and local businesses. We contacted Guy Mullis, IT Director for the City of Dublin…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

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Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with… Continue reading