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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2017

RS Fiber Upgrades: Gigabit Speeds With No Price Increase

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rs-fiber-upgrades-gigabit-speeds-with-no-price-increase/

As if bringing high-quality connectivity to rural central Minnesota wasn’t enough, RS Fiber Cooperative has recently established the “Cornerstone Member” program. Now that gigabit connectivity is available, existing residential customers can upgrade from 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) with no price increase. As long as they continue service uninterrupted through 2017, they offer stands.

General Manager Toby Brummer:

“We wanted to do something for those customers who made that early commitment to RS Fiber. We thought they should be recognized in some special way for their loyalty and support of the cooperative. Future Internet applications will likely require higher speeds and this will set our customers up for broadband success for the foreseeable future.”

It’s What They Do

The upgrade to gigabit connectivity for existing subscribers with no increase in price follows the same pattern we’ve seen from other publicly owned networks. Recently, we presented detailed data from municipal networks in Tennessee that showed how rates have changed very little over decades, even though speeds have consistently increased.

Vermont’s ECFiber also recently announced a speed increase at no extra charged for subscribers. They also plan another increase in 2018.

RS Fiber Cooperative has been connecting towns and rural areas in Sibley and Renville County. For more about the cooperative, check out our 2016 case study, RS Fiber: Fertile Fields for New Rural Internet Cooperative. The last four communities to receive services will be connected later in 2017.

This article was originally published on ILSR’s MuniNetworks.org. Read the original here.

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

“Muni Fiber Models” Community Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muni-fiber-models-community-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

When local communities look for ways to improve connectivity, they may consider investing in a municipal fiber optic network. As they begin to review possible options, local officials, their staff, and community groups will realize that there are a number of potential models. We’ve put together the Muni Fiber Models fact sheet that takes a brief look at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2017

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/two-maine-communities-joining-forces-for-dark-fiber-internet-access/

The communities of Calais and Baileyville in Maine are joining forces and investing in fiber optic infrastructure. Recently, the city councils in both communities along with the local economic development corporation decided to construct a publicly owned dark fiber network. They’ve also chosen a local firm to construct it. Dark Fiber The idea for the project started in 2015 when the Downeast… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

Frontier Is A No-Show: Rural Wisconsinites Looking For Promised Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/frontier-is-a-no-show-rural-wisconsinites-looking-for-promised-connectivity/

It’s been about two years since the people of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, learned that Frontier Communications received federal funding to expand Internet access in their region. Now, they’re wondering why Frontier has still not started construction of promised infrastructure. A Long Road To Nowhere The community has been seeking ways to improve local connectivity for years…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

Video To Share: Rural America, Broadband Help is Not on the Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-to-share-rural-america-broadband-help-is-not-on-the-way/

If you live in rural America, chances are you know what it’s like to have inadequate Internet access. If you’ve heard about the Connect America Fund, however, you probably think help is on the way and your problems will soon be over; you’ll get the kind of speeds available in large cities, right? Wrong. Our short… Continue reading