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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Rural Electric Co-Mo Coop Goes Gig – Community Broadband Bits Episode 140

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-electric-co-mo-coop-goes-gig-community-broadband-bits-episode-140

As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative – Co-Mo – to step up and do it. This week, we talk with… 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 15, 2015

Want FTTH? Move to North Dakota, Reports USDA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/want-ftth-move-north-dakota-reports-usda

A recent USDA report reveals that fossil fuels are not the only thing booming in North Dakota. The state ranked 47 for population is ranked number 1 as having the highest percentage of people with access to FTTH.  According to a Telecompetitor article, their status can be attributed to an abundance of rural cooperatives and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-border-border-broadband-awards-announced

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-border-border-broadband-awards-announced

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-communities-still-committed-rs-fiber-cooperative

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2015

Local Communities Still Committed to RS Fiber Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-communities-still-committed-rs-fiber-cooperative

Green Isle and nine other communities have reaffirmed their commitment to the RS Fiber Cooperative, reports the Belle Plain Herald. The project began in 2010 as a collaboration between a number of local county and municipal government entities in south central Minnesota. Local residents rallied behind the project, which was designed to connect both towns… Continue reading

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

Voters Resoundingly Approve Broadband Measure in Estes Park, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/voters-resoundingly-approve-broadband-measure-estes-park-colorado

On February 3rd, voters in Estes Park voted 92 percent to reclaim local authority to establish a telecommunications utility. The result follows a greater trend in Colorado where eight communities made similar decisions last fall. Each of these elections has happened during Comcast’s merger review, which may have discouraged them from their usual tactics to… Continue reading