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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2018

Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greeley-colorado-municipal-network-gains-support-in-local-letter/

Now that they have removed the weight of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152, Greeley is looking forward to future solutions to poor Internet access. In a recent letter to the local Tribune, resident Richard Reilly offered three reasons why Greeley should develop a plan to move toward municipal broadband. Reilly’s points are: First and foremost, net neutrality must… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2018

Longmont Reduces Rate For Residential Gigabit Internet Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmont-reduces-rate-for-residential-gigabit-internet-service/

In the midst of price increase announcements from Comcast and others for 2018, gigabit subscribers in Longmont, Colorado, are enjoying a price decrease from their publicly owned network, NextLight. Happy New Year As of January 1st, standard residential gigabit Internet access rates dropped from $99.95 per month to $69.95 per month. According to Longmont Power and Communications (LPC), about… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2017

SoCal City, Manhattan Beach, Considers Building Muni Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/socal-city-manhattan-beach-considers-building-muni-network/

In southern California, the city of Manhattan Beach is considering creating a municipal broadband network to extend quality, affordable broadband to its residents and businesses. Advocating for Quality Internet Talk of the network surfaced from Information Technology director Sanford Taylor’s “Fiber Master Plan.” Beyond providing better broadband, the network would support “Smart City” projects: synchronized street lights,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2017

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-provides-southeastern-missouri-counties-with-fiber-to-the-home/

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-fiber-future-is-cooperative-policy-brief-on-rural-cooperative-fiber-deployment/

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2017

Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/five-ways-co-ops-are-countering-corporate-power-in-cities/

This op-ed was originally published in Next City on October 31st, 2017. As local economies suffer from market concentration in economic sectors ranging from retail to banking, cooperatives across industries are helping to strengthen communities and keep resources local. This is nothing new; cooperatives have a long history of serving local needs. Today, the cooperative ownership… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2017

Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eastern-tennessee-newport-electric-smart-grid-morristown-tech-incubator/

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture Place is a new cooperative workspace stirring innovation in the quaint downtown district of Morristown…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Oct 12, 2017

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, Set To Debut New FTTH Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-massachusetts-set-to-debut-new-ftth-network/

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, is set to light up its new Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network this month. By “building our own Fiber-to-the-Home broadband network, we are taking an important step in securing our community’s long-term vitality and sustainability,” says Selectboard Member Gail Garrett. Mount Washington Recap Mount Washington is nestled within the forested Taconic Mountains area located in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2017

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-cooperative-expands-across-border-into-kentucky/

A Tennessee communications cooperative will soon bring fiber connectivity to Kentucky’s Warren County. North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) will offer high-quality Internet access via gigabit (1,000 Megabits per second) connectivity via its North Central Communications, Inc., subsidiary.   Starting With New Construction NCTC will start in a new subdivision and has already installed fiber prior to new… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2017

Connectivity Coming Up Roses Since the 90s in Pasadena, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connectivity-coming-up-roses-since-the-90s-in-pasadena-california/

Most people associate Pasadena with the annual Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl football game, but under the flowery surface, fiber is connecting Pasadena’s municipal facilities, businesses, and electric utility substations. Pasadena developed its fiber optic network to improve electric utility efficiency but also with an eye toward the future. When they invested in the… Continue reading