City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

Date: 24 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 7,500 … Read More

Rochester Pursues Business Case Study for Muni Network in Minnesota

Date: 23 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Rochester City Council recently voted unanimously to move forward with a study on the possibilities of publicly owned broadband in this southeastern city. Rochester will then decide whether to move forward with bids to form a public-private partnership for a network, or pursue another path. After receiving dozens of calls from his constituents, City Councilman … Read More

Boulder Uses New Found Authority to Offer Free Wi-Fi

Date: 17 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Just two months after voters passed ballot measure 2C, the City of Boulder is solidifying plans to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown Civic Area, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder was one of several Colorado communities that reclaimed local authority last fall. They had no specific project planned but knew they needed to create an … Read More

Community Broadband Networks Press Packet

Date: 10 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources that support local authority for broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. As more community leaders realize the economic benefits of faster, more reliable Internet services, they are pursuing local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches. The vast majority of community … Read More

ILSR’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action

Date: 20 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Minnesota Organization’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action ILSR.org was instrumental in providing information, context and support to the administration ahead of their community broadband announcement this week.   Minneapolis, MN – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a Minnesota-based non-profit organization, has a lot to be proud of today … Read More

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

Date: 19 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists, advocates, … Read More

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

Date: 13 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it is … Read More

A 2-Year City Workplan for Energy Democracy

Date: 21 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The first-in-the-nation city-utility partnership has been framed in Minneapolis, but can the city and its utilities really deliver substantive movement toward an equitable energy economy in the next two years?

It all depends on the workplan, and the grassroots team at Minneapolis Energy Options has delivered.… Read More

Boulder and Yuma Turn to Voters to Reclaim Authority

Date: 27 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two more Colorado communities will be deciding whether or not to reclaim local telecommunications authority this fall. Colorado State Bill 152 took away local authority in 2005 but voters in several areas of the state are taking it back. Readers will recall Centennial voters passed the measure 3:1 last fall and Montrose voters approved a similar … Read More

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