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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… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Access Appalachia: Internet Access for Rural America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/access-appalachia-internet-access-for-rural-america/

Check back on MuniNetworks.org’s Resource Page frequently for updates to Internet access in the Appalachian region. This is the central hub for ILSR’s research on Internet access around the Appalachian United States. We have compiled federal statistics on broadband availability and federal subsidies for large Internet Service Providers. We’ve created detailed maps of 150 counties… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessees-tri-county-electric-cooperative-to-build-high-speed-internet-network/

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will be the first year of construction for the cooperative after several years of planning. Tri-County… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Electric Cooperative, County Collaborate To Expand Fiber-to-the-Home in Rural Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-county-collaborate-to-expand-fiber-to-the-home-in-rural-virginia/

Prince George County, Virginia, and its electric cooperative recently entered into an agreement that will allow Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to certain areas in the county. The arrangement came after a successful pilot project that proved residents and businesses in the rural community were interested in better connectivity. The agreement… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2017

Indiana Eases Easements For Electric Cooperatives, Allows Fiber Infrastructure Investments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/indiana-eases-easements-for-electric-cooperatives-allows-fiber-infrastructure-investments/

The State Legislature in Indiana sent SB 478 to Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this session; he recently signed the bill into law. Also known as the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, the new law allows electric cooperatives with easements for electric lines to use those same easement for fiber infrastructure. The change in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2017

RS Fiber Starts Connecting Last Four Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rs-fiber-starts-connecting-last-four-communities/

June will be an exciting month for people living in Brownton, Buffalo Lake, Fairfax, and Stewart in Minnesota. RS Fiber Cooperative will begin construction so those premises can connect to the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network now serving six other communities in the central Minnesota region. This stage of the buildout should bring another 500 subscribers on to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2017

Rural Telephone Cooperative Forges Its Own Path In Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-telephone-cooperative-forges-its-own-path-in-michigan/

Can’t get telephone or Internet service? Have you tried starting your own company? In 1998, John Reigle did just that with the support of the community and Michigan State University. Today, Allband Communications Cooperative provides not only telephone service, but also cutting-edge, high-quality Internet access and environmental research opportunities in rural Northeastern Michigan. A Story Of… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2017

A String of Municipal Network Ideas: Traverse City Mulls Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-string-of-municipal-network-ideas-traverse-city-mulls-options/

The Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City, Michigan, continues to weigh its options to improve high-speed Internet service. The city of 12,000 homes and businesses has the results of a feasibility study and is carefully eliminating options as they look for the one that best suits their needs. Most Likely Possibilities Local newspapers, the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2017

Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push for Less Oversight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-solar-at-risk-as-co-ops-push-for-less-oversight/

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth. The Minnesota legislation would have exempted rural electric cooperatives from all oversight of distributed generation policy by state regulators,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2017

Arkansas Utility Leads on Energy, Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/arkansas-utility-leads-on-energy-broadband/

This article was co-written with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative research associate, Hannah Trostle, and this piece is cross-posted on MuniNetworks.org. Ouachita Electric Cooperative, nestled deep in south-central Arkansas, is an unlikely innovator in a pair of industries struggling to adapt to shifting market dynamics: electricity and broadband. Despite rising demand for energy efficiency and… Continue reading