Shaker Heights Considers Expanding Fiber in Ohio

Date: 2 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Shaker Heights City Council is considering expanding an existing fiber network, reports Cleveland.com. The project would allow OneCommunity, the nonprofit managing a regional fiber network, access to the city’s rights-of-way for 15 years. OneCommunity, created in 2003, received a $44 million broadband stimulus award to extend fiber in northeast Ohio. The organization’s network spans approximately … Read More

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

Date: 19 May 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download the … Read More

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

Date: 27 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond to, … Read More

Merit Collaborates With OARnet and Local Community in Hillsdale, Michigan

Date: 24 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent press release from the Merit educational and research network in Michigan announces a new connection to its Ohio sister, OARnet. Member entities and local communities now enjoy better redundancy, expanded reach, and better services. Local communities continue to benefit from the presence of the middle mile infrastructure. The network helps local Hillsdale College to … Read More

Ohio Community Wants to Expand Use of Existing Fiber

Date: 13 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Springfield, Ohio, community leaders are looking for ways to use their share of a commercially owned fiber optic loop on the eastern side of town. The community hopes to secure a $50,000 Local Innovation Fund grant from the state to finance a feasibility study reports the News-Sun. Approximately 60,000 people live in Springfield, located 45 … Read More

Dublin Municipal Network Serves Schools, Government, and Business in Ohio

Date: 9 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1999, Laurens County Schools and Dublin City Schools needed to move past dial-up Internet access. The City of 16,000 built a fiber network to serve students in the community. It now also serves local government and businesses in the Dublin area. Once the network was in place, AT&T and Charter Communications began building in Dublin. … Read More

Hamilton, Ohio, to Expand Fiber to Businesses and Schools

Date: 31 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A part of the Cincinnati metro region, Hamilton sits in the extreme southwest corner of Ohio. The community of 63,000 will soon expand its fiber resources to spur economic development and improve education opportunities. Eric Schwartzberg from the Journal News reports that the City Council recently voted to support the city-owned electric utility’s proposal to create a broadband … Read More

Medina County Offices Will Connect With Community Network

Date: 6 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The newly completed Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN) in Ohio will soon add Medina County government as the next customer. The Medina-Gazette reports the County Commission recently voted unanimously to enter into a five-year agreement with MCFN and drop Armstrong Cable. County Administrator Chris Jakab says the county will save $600 per month. Currently Medina County pays … Read More

Medina County, Ohio, Celebrates Fiber Network Completion

Date: 1 May 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community leaders in Medina County, Ohio, recently celebrated the completion of the Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN). Loren Grenson of the Medina Gazette reported on the celebratory breakfast event where officials proclaimed, “The monopoly is dead. Long live the fiber loop.” Local businesses already rave about the county owned MCFN, which offers Internet access, data tranport, and … Read More

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