Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

Date: 16 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 be … Read More

Missourian Tells Story of Rural Community Without Business-Quality Broadband

Date: 15 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Directly north of Springfield, Missouri, sits Hermitage, a rural community of less than 500 residents. With only a few more than 200 households in Hermitage, it isn’t surprising that none of the big incumbent providers want to install the infrastructure to offer businesses or residents high-quality connectivity. A recent Missourian article described what it’s like for businesses in a … Read More

Zero Waste: A History & Primer

Date: 12 Jan 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you haven’t noticed, the U.S. recycling movement has become a Zero Waste movement, and the Zero Waste movement is spreading rapidly worldwide. Most recently, Vietnam’s Zero Waste Alliance joins scores of Zero Waste NGOs now on each continent. In the U.S., Dan Knapp of Urban Ore, Berkeley introduced the “Zero Waste concept and corollaries” from … Read More

Pricing Report From Berkman Klein Center: Municipal Broadband Subscribers Get Better Rates

Date: 10 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New research from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard finds that “publicly owned networks offer the best all around value for the communities that make the investment.” This landmark report dismantles an argument foes of municipal broadband often make — and turns the tables on incumbent monopolies in Internet service.… Read More

North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

Date: 9 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 288 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC. There … Read More

ILSR Convenes the 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Date: 8 Jan 2018 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018, in Atlanta.… Read More

Longmont Reduces Rate For Residential Gigabit Internet Service

Date: 8 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 28 … Read More

Arlington, Virginia Bridges the Digital Divide

Date: 5 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People living at the Arlington Mill Residences in Arlington, Virginia, are on track to obtain no-cost high-quality connectivity this fall, likely through the ConnectArlington network. The initiative is an example of how one local community plans to use its publicly owned Internet infrastructure to reduce the digital divide on its home turf. The Homework Gap Within Arlington Mill’s 122 affordable … Read More

Oconee County, South Carolina: Achieving Connectivity Goals Beyond AT&T Obstruction

Date: 2 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Most residents and businesses in Oconee County, South Carolina, used dial-up connections when county officials applied for stimulus funding in 2010; there were still people in the county with no Internet access at all. A few had DSL connections, but even county facilities struggled with antiquated infrastructure. After an AT&T attack upended their plan to offer retail … Read More

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