In Our View: Grid Disaster in Texas Leads to Open Access Soul Searching

Date: 26 Mar 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The disaster in Texas resulting from an electric grid that was deliberately left exposed and likely to fail in rare cold weather events has received a lot of dramatic coverage, as well it should given the loss of life and damage to so many homes and businesses. It also raised some questions regarding competition and designing markets. … Read More

How Recycling and Reuse Created Thousands of Jobs and a $1 Billion Boost to Austin’s Economy — Episode 120 of Building Local Power

Date: 18 Feb 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Gena McKinley of Austin, Texas, discusses the economic and environmental benefits of the city’s Circular Economy Program — including highlights from a recent economic impact report that found it resulted in more than $1.1 billion in total economic activity and approximately 6,300 permanent jobs.… Read More

AT&T Is Abandoning Tens of Thousands of American Households in the Deep South Who Have No Other Internet Access Option

Date: 8 Oct 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

AT&T has stopped making connections to users subscribing to its DSL Internet as of October 1st. The most conservative number of those affected by the decision will be about 80,000 households that have no other option.… Read More

San Antonio Using City Infrastructure to Connect 20,000 Students in Need

Date: 18 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new initiative in San Antonio, Texas, called Connected Beyond the Classroom, which will begin launching over the next weeks, will leverage city-owned fiber infrastructure and $27 million in CARES Act funds to connect 20,000 students across the city’s 50 most-vulnerable neighborhoods in a bid to close the digital divide and ensure teachers, students, and their parents can continue to learn this fall and beyond.… Read More

Another Texas Town Considers Building Infrastructure to Improve Internet Access

Date: 3 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People in Lampasas are fed up with outages that have repeatedly plagued the community due to lack of redundant infrastructure connecting the central Texas municipality. Now, the city and the Lampasas Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) are asking the community to complete an Internet survey to help determine how best to move forward an achieve better connectivity.… Read More

Court Confirms Texas City has Authority to Build, Finance Community-Owned Network

Date: 17 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Located only 30 miles east of Houston, it’s hard to believe that Mont Belvieu, Texas, ever had poor Internet access. Faced with complaints from residents and businesses, city officials decided to deploy fiber and bring fast, affordable, reliable gigabit connectivity directly to the community via MB Link.… Read More

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