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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

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

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2015

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-goes-gig-a-model-for-anytown-usa/

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there among the lush green forests and beautiful vistas of the “Gateway to Mount Hood,” 25… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2015

Who Has Citywide Gigabit Internet Access for $100 or Less?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/who-has-citywide-gigabit-internet-access-for-100-or-less/

As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where a majority of residents in a community can obtain gigabit service for $100 or less… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2015

Gig City Sandy: Home of the $60 Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/gig-city-sandy-home-of-the-60-gig-2/

    Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy’s municipally-owned full fiber network offers gigabit Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. Sandy is one of the few municipal FTTH networks that has been built without having a municipal electric department. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released this… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-carolina-files-petition-opposing-fcc-ruling-to-end-anti-muni-laws/

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 10, 2015

Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-available-connecticut-gigabit-state-event/

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2015

Charles Benton, Champion of the Public Interest in Telecom, Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/charles-benton-champion-of-the-public-interest-in-telecom-passes/

The world of media education, communication policy, and philanthropy is mourning the loss of Charles Benton who passed away on April 29. He lived a long life encouraging and empowering individuals and communities to use technology to improve their quality of life. But beyond that, specifically working to remove barriers that discourage historically marginalized communities… Continue reading