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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

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

Voters Say “Yes!” to Fiber-to-the-Home in Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/voters-say-yes-to-fiber-to-the-home-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In a record high turnout for a non-general election, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters (622 votes) choosing yes and 34 percent (321 votes) voting no.   Geographically Close, Technologically Distant The community is located… Continue reading

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

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

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Kate Svitavsky | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2017

Winter Park, Florida, Considers Gigabit Institutional Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/winter-park-florida-considers-gigabit-institutional-network/

This post was written by Kate Svitavsky, Community Broadband Networks initiative intern. Kate is pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (University of Minnesota). Winter Park is considering creating an institutional network (I-Net) to provide gigabit connectivity to municipal facilities. Community leaders are examining the pros and cons of… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

The Power and Perils of Cooperatives – Episode 12 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-power-and-perils-of-cooperatives-episode-12-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Hannah Trostle and Karlee Weinmann, Research Associates for the Community Broadband Networks and Energy Democracy initiatives, respectively. The three discuss the cooperative model of ownership and how this model can enable investment in gigabit Internet connections for their member-owners, but also how they are subject to a low participation rates in their elections. Continue reading