New Fiber Broadband Project Near Ann Arbor, Michigan Hopes to Be a Catalyst for Economic Restoration

Date: 5 Aug 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the help of CARES Act funding, nonprofit economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK is collaborating with the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to undertake a broadband project that it’s hoping will really reestablish the region’s former reputation as a first-in-class industry and technology epicenter. The $2.4 million project will drive the installation of a new fiber backbone to attract businesses and, local leaders hope, spur broadband competition.… Read More

AT&T Is Abandoning Tens of Thousands of American Households in the Deep South Who Have No Other Internet Access Option

Date: 8 Oct 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

AT&T has stopped making connections to users subscribing to its DSL Internet as of October 1st. The most conservative number of those affected by the decision will be about 80,000 households that have no other option.… Read More

Why it’s Short-Sighted to do Centralized Planning in a Decentralizing Electricity Grid

Date: 11 May 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With financial rewards tied to building big, utilities overlook distributed energy resources like rooftop solar. This essay, written to advise utility regulators in Michigan, has implications for utility resource planning nationwide.… Read More

Lights Out? Not for This Michigan City – Episode 81 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 17 Jul 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of Local Energy Rules, host John Farrell speaks with Maria Thomas, Outreach and Organizing Coordinator for Soulardarity. The two discussed energy democracy, and Soulardarity’s work in Highland Park, live in Milwaukee at the RE-AMP annual meeting.… Read More

Town in Michigan Launches Community-Owned Broadband Service

Date: 25 Jan 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This small town in southern Michigan is steeped in interesting history, including an 1843 incident in which the community rallied around escaped slaves leading to the Fugitive Slave Law. The town is also home to an historic district considered one of the most architecturally significant in the U.S. It’s part of the Battle Creek statistical area, but until local leaders decided to take matters into their own hands, connectivity for businesses and residents was inadequate for today’s needs.… Read More

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