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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missouri-senate-committee-hears-anti-muni-bill-private-companies-groups-vote/

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we reported on HB 437, introduced by House Member Rocky Miller. Its Senate companion, which establishes… 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 Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2015

An Update on Utah’s UTOPIA Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-utahs-utopia-open-access-network

For the facts on all things UTOPIA, we turn to Jesse Harris at FreeUTOPIA.org. In his latest post, he provides an excellent bullet list of the key factors in Macquarie’s Milestone 2 proposal. An excerpt From his post: The final cost per address is estimated at $22.60 per month. Macquarie estimates that re-working the deal to… Continue reading

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

Maine Legislature All About That Broadband in 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/maine-legislature-all-about-broadband-2015

Maine continues to be a hot spot in the drive to improve connectivity as the 2015 state legislative session opens. According to the Bangor Daily News, 35 bills have been introduced that deal with broadband issues. The story also notes that several lawmakers have introduced bills that propose funding from the state. House Republican Norman… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2015

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Issues RFP

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-broadband-authority-issues-rfp

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia has taken a deliberate pace on the road to improving local connectivity. On December 10th, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) released an RFP for proposals for an open access fiber optic network. The RVBA is seeking a partner to build the network that will remain a publicly owned asset… Continue reading

missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-to-community-networks
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Missouri Bill Creates New Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-community-networks

Republican State Representative Rocky Miller began the new legislative session with a bill designed to yank authority from local communities that need better connectivity.  Even though the state already preempts local authority to sell telecommunications services and requires a referendum for cable, there is a current exemption for “Internet-type services.” HB 437 [PDF] removes that exemption and would make… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2014

Columbia Takes Next Step Toward Municipal Network Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/columbia-takes-next-step-toward-municipal-network-infrastructure

A consultant report recommends the City of Columbia tap into its existing fiber resources to develop an open access municipal telecommunications network. The City recently issued a request for proposals for a business plan to press forward with the recommendation, reports the Columbia Daily Tribune. Last year the City, Boone County, and the University of… Continue reading

missoula-pursues-open-access-fiber-for-jobs-community-broadband-bits-podcast-112
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2014

Missoula Pursues Open Access Fiber for Jobs – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 112

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-pursues-open-access-fiber-jobs-community-broadband-bits-podcast-112

After having met City Councilmember Caitlin Copple at last year’s Broadband Communities event in Austin and seeing the progress Missoula, Montana, has made in considering a municipal fiber network, I knew we should ask her to be on the show. This week, she joins me and Karen Palmer, the Director of Operations for a local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

Muni Fiber as Real Estate – Community Broadband Bits Episode 111

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-fiber-real-estate-community-broadband-bits-episode-111

Hunter Newby is back for his second appearance on Community Broadband Bits to discuss his thoughts on carrier neutral approaches to spur our economy with more investment in better networks. We just talked with Hunter in episode 104 on carrier neutral approaches to middle mile networks. Now we discuss these types of approaches within communities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-releases-results-broadband-feasibility-study

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local… Continue reading