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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

“More Than Just Facebook” Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/more-than-just-facebook-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

Our newest fact sheet, More than just Facebook, provides an overview on how Internet access and fast, affordable, reliable connectivity reaches most aspects of our lives. We provide statistics on economic development, education, and methods of delivering Internet access. This fact sheet is a good introductory tool that points out how we’ve Internet access is… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 1, 2016: The Perils of Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-1-2016-the-perils-of-privatization/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Privatization of Everything |  Privatizing Education | Privatizing the Oceans Privatizing Municipal Services | A Resource Guide to Privatization The outcome of the Presidential election will make the word “privatization” will become central to our political conversations. We should… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Missoula Schools Set To Save With Self-Provisioning for Fiber Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missoula-schools-set-to-save-with-self-provisioning-for-fiber-infrastructure/

The Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) plans to save $150,000 per year by investing in its own fiber infrastructure. Over a 20-year period school officials expect to save approximately $3 million. Fiber For Education And Savings MCPS will be the first in the state to self-provision its wide area network (WAN), the connections between district… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-5/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-2/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity Announces “Big Gig Challenge” Award Recipients

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/onecommunity-announces-big-gig-challenge-award-recipients/

Last fall, nonprofit ISP OneCommunity  created the “Big Gig Challenge” to jump start expansion and promote gigabit applications in northeast Ohio. The organization recently announced the winners and provided some information about their projects. The West 25th Corridor project, running through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre, and Old Brooklyn is a four mile stretch… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Longmont Schools Save, Increase Bandwidth With Help from LPC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmont-schools-save-increase-bandwidth-with-help-from-lpc/

Schools in Longmont recently began working with Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) to increase bandwidth, save money, and begin implementing a new technology plan. As part of the plan, every middle school student in Longmont was assigned an iPad mini this school year. Jon Rice from the Longmont Compass alerted us to the program that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Rural Cooperative Launches Educational Network in Northern Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-in-northern-georgia/

There was some good news at the end of August in Georgia, just in time for the new school year: a fiber optic network spanning 3,600 miles and potentially tying together up to 330 schools with 10 gigabit connections was announced. Dubbed the “Education Exchange,” the network is the product of an agreement between the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Business, Education Call on Culver City to Invest in Muni Fiber in L.A. County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/business-education-call-on-culver-city-to-invest-in-muni-fiber-in-l-a-county/

Last fall, Culver City hired a consultant to develop a design and business plan for a possible fiber network project. Recently, prominent business leaders and parents of local school children have publicly expressed their support for a municipal network. Culver City, also known as “The Heart of Screenland” is situated in west L.A. County, surrounded… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 26, 2013

What Is Good for Microsoft Turns Out To Be Bad For the Public Schools–And Microsoft

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/good-microsoft-turns-bad-public-schools-and-microsoft/

Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance Bill Gates declared in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011.  He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools. “At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then… Continue reading