Field Trip To Oklahoma’s Lake Region Electric Cooperative & Fiber Network

Date: 5 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lake Region Electric Cooperative offers FTTH service to more than 1,000 homes in the rural communities around the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As with electrification, the cooperative is once again providing a much needed utility where no private company would go. This is the internetification of rural America.… Read More

Taylor Electric Cooperative Connecting Abilene, Texas With Fiber

Date: 23 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Taylor Electric Cooperative, serving members in the Abilene, Texas region, is starting to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Internet access to members through its Access Fiber pilot project. Four Phases Of The Pilot Lance Maeda, Director of Information Technology at Taylor EC shared some details about the project that’s now serving a limited number of premises with plans to expand. The … Read More

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

Date: 30 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers.… Read More

The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

Date: 28 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here.… Read More

Comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Home Map of Kentucky, New Resource

Date: 27 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From the rolling Appalachian Mountains to bustling city streets, Kentucky has it all, including gigabit (1,000 Mbps) service from Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks. That’s right, Kentucky – the state that is often used as shorthand in America politics to talk about coal country and poverty – actually has some of the fastest, most reliable Internet service in the entire country. We put together this map using the latest data sets available from the FCC to highlight how much of rural Kentucky has the gold standard in high-speed Internet service.… Read More

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

Date: 27 Sep 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s John Farrell writes this commentary for Greentech Media on the current attacks that are coming in on all sides on the PURPA law that enables local energy production. Check it out:… Read More

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

Date: 13 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 home … Read More

An Overlooked Solution for Competitive and Local Renewable Power

Date: 6 Sep 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Utility … Read More

Connecting Rural America: Internet Access for All (Episode 26)

Date: 10 Aug 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 who … Read More

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