OneCommunity Helps More Ohio Towns Take Advantage of Fiber

Date: 23 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Cuyahoga County, OneCommunity is leading the effort of upgrade the County’s networking ability. With a special focus on improving pubic safety, the project is estimated to save the county $10 million over the next 5 years. From the OneCommunity blog: The project provides high-bandwidth connectivity and secure video conferencing to more than 60 county offices … Read More

ILSR Releases New Public Savings Fact Sheet

Date: 29 Nov 2012 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This new resource shares real world examples of public savings directly connected to municipal networks. Publicly owned broadband networks provide opportunities for local savings to taxpayers. Local and regional governments find new and unexpected ways to cut costs when they build their own next-generation networks. In addition to saving connectivity fees for administrative facilities, local broadband … Read More

Brunswick, Ohio, Uses County Fiber to Drive Economic Development

Date: 16 Nov 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last summer, Medina County Schools announced a savings of almost $90,000 a year by switching from Time Warner Cable to the new Medina County Fiber Network. Scheduled for completion in late November, the network consists of a 151-mile loop and will provide bandwidth to government facilities and businesses. The project is mostly funded by the Medina … Read More

Ohio Legislation Threatens Rural Landline Phone Service

Date: 5 Oct 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Once again, consumers must fight to preserve their landline telephone service. This time, the Ohio General Assembly is pondering legislation that can end traditional service for up to 1 million Ohio residents. Our readers know about the efforts of ALEC and AT&T to drastically reduce their obligation to provide landlines across the country. Up to now, … Read More

CenturyLink Fails Ohio Community, 911 Goes Out During Storm

Date: 25 Aug 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The people of Warren County, Ohio, endured some rough weather in June as a 70 mph derecho whipped through this southwest county. A series of errors from CenturyLink kept 911 service inoperable for more than 15 hours. According to Stop the Cap!: During the outage, callers initially heard nothing after dialing 911. Sometime later, someone at … Read More

Highland Schools in Ohio First to Connect to Medina County Fiber Network

Date: 19 Jul 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Quite some time ago, we let you know about the plans and funding for the Medina County Fiber Network (MFCN). The network, owned by the Medina County Port Authority (MCPA) began construction in March, 2011, and is nearing completion. Jennifer Pignolet, reported in the Medina GazetteOnline, that the network just signed on their first customer, Highland … Read More

Wal-Mart Money Trumps Land Use Process in Bennington, Vermont

Date: 7 Apr 2005 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Wal-Mart and an Ohio developer spent heavily and attacked opponents as wealthy elites in a successful campaign to overturn a new law governing large-scale retail stores in the town of Bennington, Vermont. The local ordinance capped retail stores at 75,000 square feet (about one-and-a-half football fields) and required proposals for stores over 30,000 square to pass a community impact review. It was enacted unanimously by the town’s select board in January after three years of extensive review, public meetings and deliberations.… Read More

Big-Box Ballot Initiatives: Wins & Losses

Date: 9 Nov 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Voters in Hudson, Ohio—a community of 23,000 people thirty miles southeast of Cleveland—overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have opened the way for big-box stores and allowed developers to skirt the town’s development review process. "We are ecstatic," said Liz Murphy, owner of the Learned Owl bookstore and member of Smart Growth Hudson, a citizens group that formed to defeat the initiative.… Read More

New Report Finds Retail Development Costs Ohio Taxpayers

Date: 1 Oct 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report prepared for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission concludes that retail development costs cities more in public services than it generates in revenue. The report, produced by Randall Gross of Development Economics in Washington, D.C., reviews and summarizes the findings of fiscal impact studies conducted in eight central Ohio communities between 1997 and 2003.… Read More

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