Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

Date: 10 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes … Read More

OneCommunity’s Middle Way – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 135

Date: 27 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Ohio that has connected thousands of community anchor institutions with high capacity connections. Created as OneCleveland before expanding, it has remained a rather unique approach to expanding high quality Internet access. This week, … Read More

Los Angeles Times Supports Local Authority

Date: 23 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

President Obama’s recent appearance in Cedar Falls infused adrenaline into the debate about local authority for telecommunications decisions. As a result, some of the media outlets from large cities are now coming out in support of local authority. The Editorial Board of the LA Times published an opinion on January 21st supporting the notion of restoring local authority in states where laws prevent community decision making.

The Times recognizes that rural areas will benefit most from reversing these restrictions, that the restrictions need to be removed for us to compete globally, and that there are numerous municipal networks that are up to the challenge of improving connectivity. The LA Times also recognizes the value of public-private partnerships in New York and in other places where local government has forged productive relationships with the private sector.

Editors at the LA Times boil it down to one tenet:

Regardless, the decision about whether a local agency should get into the broadband business should be left to the people who bear the risk — local officials and the people who elect them.

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Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

Date: 20 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from … Read More

Watch: Roundtable on the Minneapolis-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 13 Jan 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can we expect from the first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership between the City of Minneapolis and its electric and gas utilities? Check out this video conversation from a November 2014 MNSEIA conference in Minnesota with the utilities, the city, and … Read More

The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 17 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen … Read More

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