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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

PURPA: A Quiet Death or Longer Life After 40 Years of Wholesale Electricity Competition?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/purpa-a-quiet-death-or-longer-life-after-40-years-of-wholesale-electricity-competition/

This article was originally published in Greentech Media on September 18th, 2017. In the first week of September, a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held hearings questioning a 40-year-old law that forms the bedrock of competition in the electricity market. Before the law took effect, electric utilities had a complete monopoly over electricity generation…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2017

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-cooperative-expands-across-border-into-kentucky/

A Tennessee communications cooperative will soon bring fiber connectivity to Kentucky’s Warren County. North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) will offer high-quality Internet access via gigabit (1,000 Megabits per second) connectivity via its North Central Communications, Inc., subsidiary.   Starting With New Construction NCTC will start in a new subdivision and has already installed fiber prior to new… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2017

An Overlooked Solution for Competitive and Local Renewable Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/an-overlooked-solution-for-competitive-and-local-renewable-power/

A 40-year-old federal law has a new life in promoting a competitive U.S. clean energy market because of falling costs for wind and solar. But despite its lofty potential, the policy remains trapped between regulatory obstacles and utility resistance — forcing communities across the country to leave significant economic benefits on the table. The Public… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Connecting Rural America: Internet Access for All – Episode 26 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connecting-rural-america-episode-26-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week, our Building Local Power podcast contains a conversation between guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR researchers Hannah Trostle and Christopher Mitchell to discuss the importance of connectivity in rural America and the barriers high quality local investment. The group discusses a number of topics, including how electric cooperatives are changing the dynamic on… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2017

Vernon Communications Cooperative Connecting Rural Southwest Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/vernon-communications-cooperative-connecting-rural-southwest-wisconsin/

Vernon Communications Cooperative (VC Co-op), serving much of rural Vernon County, Wisconsin, was recently named a Certified Gig-Capable Provider by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. VC Co-op joins a growing list of rural cooperatives that are offering gigabit connectivity to members in places where national Internet service providers don’t want to invest in infrastructure. The certification requires that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2017

Anza Electric Cooperative: High-Speed Internet Service in Southern California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anza-electric-cooperative-high-speed-internet-service-in-southern-california/

Just south of Mount San Jacinto in southern California, several small communities hope for better Internet access. The local cooperative has submitted a plan to build a next generation network fiber network further into Riverside County. Anza Electric Cooperative wants to expand its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network through another 200 square miles of its service territory. This… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Co-ops and Counties Improving Indiana Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/co-ops-and-counties-improving-indiana-connectivity/

Like other states with significant rural populations, local communities in Indiana have been working to come up with ways to improve connectivity for residents and businesses. Two more areas in Indiana can expect better connectivity as county government invests for economic development and a rural electric co-op decides its time to offer Internet access to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2017

RS Fiber Upgrades: Gigabit Speeds With No Price Increase

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rs-fiber-upgrades-gigabit-speeds-with-no-price-increase/

As if bringing high-quality connectivity to rural central Minnesota wasn’t enough, RS Fiber Cooperative has recently established the “Cornerstone Member” program. Now that gigabit connectivity is available, existing residential customers can upgrade from 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) with no price increase. As long as they continue service uninterrupted through 2017, they offer stands. General Manager… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2017

Tennessee’s Tri-County Electric Cooperative To Build High-Speed Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessees-tri-county-electric-cooperative-to-build-high-speed-internet-network/

On the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, an electric cooperative looks to a more connected future. The Tri-County Electric Cooperative that operates across state lines is preparing to build a state-of-the-art network for high-speed Internet service throughout Trousdale County, Tennessee. This will be the first year of construction for the cooperative after several years of planning. Tri-County… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Electric Cooperative, County Collaborate To Expand Fiber-to-the-Home in Rural Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-county-collaborate-to-expand-fiber-to-the-home-in-rural-virginia/

Prince George County, Virginia, and its electric cooperative recently entered into an agreement that will allow Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to certain areas in the county. The arrangement came after a successful pilot project that proved residents and businesses in the rural community were interested in better connectivity. The agreement… Continue reading