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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

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

Local Solar Power: Red Plus Blue Makes a Green Tea Party – Episode 24 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/local-solar-power-episode-24-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this week’s episode of Building Local Power we interview Debbie Dooley, President of Conservatives for Energy Freedom and co-founder of the Green Tea Coalition in the southern United States. Dooley’s organizations promote “consumer choice in the energy field” to “provide competition” and stop monopolies from limiting their customer’s options in renewable energy. The Green… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

“Muni Fiber Models” Community Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muni-fiber-models-community-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

When local communities look for ways to improve connectivity, they may consider investing in a municipal fiber optic network. As they begin to review possible options, local officials, their staff, and community groups will realize that there are a number of potential models. We’ve put together the Muni Fiber Models fact sheet that takes a brief look at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

Frontier Is A No-Show: Rural Wisconsinites Looking For Promised Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/frontier-is-a-no-show-rural-wisconsinites-looking-for-promised-connectivity/

It’s been about two years since the people of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, learned that Frontier Communications received federal funding to expand Internet access in their region. Now, they’re wondering why Frontier has still not started construction of promised infrastructure. A Long Road To Nowhere The community has been seeking ways to improve local connectivity for years…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2017

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/two-maine-communities-joining-forces-for-dark-fiber-internet-access/

The communities of Calais and Baileyville in Maine are joining forces and investing in fiber optic infrastructure. Recently, the city councils in both communities along with the local economic development corporation decided to construct a publicly owned dark fiber network. They’ve also chosen a local firm to construct it. Dark Fiber The idea for the project started in 2015 when the Downeast… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

Video To Share: Rural America, Broadband Help is Not on the Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-to-share-rural-america-broadband-help-is-not-on-the-way/

If you live in rural America, chances are you know what it’s like to have inadequate Internet access. If you’ve heard about the Connect America Fund, however, you probably think help is on the way and your problems will soon be over; you’ll get the kind of speeds available in large cities, right? Wrong. Our short… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2017

Access Appalachia: Internet Access for Rural America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/access-appalachia-internet-access-for-rural-america/

Check back on MuniNetworks.org’s Resource Page frequently for updates to Internet access in the Appalachian region. This is the central hub for ILSR’s research on Internet access around the Appalachian United States. We have compiled federal statistics on broadband availability and federal subsidies for large Internet Service Providers. We’ve created detailed maps of 150 counties… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessees-tri-county-electric-cooperative-to-build-high-speed-internet-network/

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will be the first year of construction for the cooperative after several years of planning. Tri-County… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2017

Amid EV Surge, Austin Eyes a New Way of Doing Business — Episode 48 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amid-ev-surge-austin-eyes-a-new-way-of-doing-business-episode-48-of-local-energy-rules-podcast/

Improving battery life and safety standards place electric vehicles and self-driving cars closer than ever to the mainstream, and the City of Austin is laying plans to capitalize on the transition. Experts predict a dramatic transformation of the U.S. transportation system will take hold in the coming decade. Karl Popham, who manages emerging technologies and… Continue reading

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

Fiber-to-the-Home Funding On Summer Ballot In Lyndon Township, Michigan

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

In August, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, will decide whether or not they want to approve a plan to invest in publicly owned fiber optic Internet infrastructure. It’s All In The Mills Voters are being asked to approve a millage increase of 2.9 over a 20-year period. In other words, property taxes will increase approximately… Continue reading