Billy Ray, Community Broadband Pioneer, Joins us For Community Broadband Bits #33

Date: 12 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Glasgow was a true pioneer in community owned broadband networks, starting with its own cable plant in the 1980s. Billy Ray, CEO of Glasgow Electric Plant Board, has been an inspiration for municipal broadband networks — one can’t dig into … Read More

Franklin Municipal FiberNET Spurs Economic Development, Serves Government, in Kentucky

Date: 4 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Franklin, Kentucky expects to see more positive economic growth when it launches its new fiber optic network. According to an article in the Bowling Green Daily News, the south central community is ready for the upgrade: “We are super excited … Read More

State by State Campaign to Gut Consumer Telecom Protections

Date: 24 Apr 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In most states, telephone companies are required to serve everyone and when there are problems with the service, the state can mandate that the company fix them. But AT&T and ALEC are leading the charge to let these massive companies … Read More

Clean, Local Power for Kentucky

Date: 31 Aug 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In August 2011, ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell gave this presentation to a group of rural utilities and environmental organizations in Kentucky.  The slides illustrate the enormous renewable energy potential in Kentucky and the cost-effectiveness of clean, local power in … Read More

Keeping Louisville Weird

Date: 28 Mar 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“I was driving home one day and saw it on the back of a bus,” said Don Burch, owner of Qwest Outdoors, a retailer of outdoor gear in Louisville, Kentucky. The advertisement, in black with white lettering, said, “Keep Louisville Weird. Support Independent Businesses.”I tried in vain to find out who was doing it,” said Burch. Weeks later he finally discovered that the ads, which have been appearing on billboards and buses around the city, were sponsored by John Timmons, owner of Ear X-tacy, a 20-year-old music store. … Read More

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