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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2017

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lighting-fiber-opportunity-in-roanoke-valley-virginia/

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Mount Washington, Mass. Lights Its Fiber Network at Last

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-mass-lights-its-fiber-network-at-last/

After a long and arduous process, the folks in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, were finally able to light up their publicly owned fiber optic network last week. According to resident and Select Board Chair Eleanor Tillinghast, “We are thrilled. We’re going to be the envy of everyone.” It’s Finally Here As we reported last month, the community was eagerly anticipating… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2017

Rural Cooperative Breaks Ground for Fiber Network in Lanesboro, Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-cooperative-breaks-ground-for-fiber-network-in-lanesboro-minnesota/

On September 22nd, Fillmore County and local telecommunications cooperative representatives participated in a groundbreaking event to mark the start of building a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the rural town of Lanesboro, Minnesota. Fiber To The Unserved Lanesboro is located in Fillmore County about 50 minutes southeast of Rochester. The small rural town covers 1.3 square miles with a population of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comprehensive-fiber-to-the-home-map-of-kentucky-new-resource/

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. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Barich | No Comments | Updated on Oct 12, 2017

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, Set To Debut New FTTH Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-massachusetts-set-to-debut-new-ftth-network/

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, is set to light up its new Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network this month. By “building our own Fiber-to-the-Home broadband network, we are taking an important step in securing our community’s long-term vitality and sustainability,” says Selectboard Member Gail Garrett. Mount Washington Recap Mount Washington is nestled within the forested Taconic Mountains area located in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-for-key-industrial-areas-coming-to-somerset-county-pennsylvania/

Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2017

California Lawmakers Vote Against Rural Constituents for High-Quality Broadband Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-lawmakers-vote-against-rural-constituents-for-high-quality-broadband-access/

California Legislators have turned on their constituents living in rural areas who want to participate in the 21st century online economy. What began as a move in the right direction – allocating substantial resources to funding high-speed Internet infrastructure – has become another opportunity to protect big incumbents. It’s twice as nice for Frontier and AT&T,… Continue reading

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 27, 2017

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/verizon-will-cut-off-rural-subscribers-in-thirteen-states-you-listening-fcc/

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2017

Shape the Rules for Rural Broadband Subsidies Fact Sheet – Reply Comments Due: October 18th, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shape-the-rules-for-rural-broadband-subsidies-fact-sheet-reply-comments-due-october-18th-2017/

Another addition to our Community Networks Initiative resources! This fact sheet details the most important aspects of the Connect America Fund (CAF) Auction. What is it? What should it do? Who does it affect? And how can you make a difference? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) manages the CAF program, which provides billions of dollars in… Continue reading