Chuck Marohn Explains What’s Wrong With America’s Roads — Episode 136 of Building Local Power

Date: 30 Sep 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell interview Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns. Chuck is also the author of the new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town, which explores what conventional transportation planning is costing our communities. … Read More

Free Public Transit: A Great Leap Forward

Date: 31 Jul 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Taillinn offered free transit beginning in 2013. On July 1st Estonia began free bus service nationwide. In September Dunkirk, France will have free transit. Four cities in Germany will test free transit by the end of the year. Welcome abroad the future!… Read More

Dark Fiber Option Coming to Arlington Businesses

Date: 11 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Arlington is finally ready to open up its network to local businesses seeking better connectivity, reports local news WJLA. The county board recently voted unanimously to allow providers to lease dark fiber from approximately 10 miles of the 59-mile network. They hope to spur economic development and entice ISPs to provide better connectivity for residents via … Read More

Broward County Saves with Fiber Network in Florida

Date: 4 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2014, Broward County completed its transition from an expensive leased data, video, and voice communications system to its own fiber network. The southern Florida county is now saving $780,000 per year with plenty of room to grow. With the transition to an IP-based telephony system, the County also saves and additional $28,000 per year. Pat … Read More

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

Date: 28 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local news editors seem inspired by the current network neutrality debate at the FCC. Newsrooms considering the prospect of paid prioritization are reassessing the value of municipal networks. Not long ago, the Olympian ran an editorial offering the basics of municipal networks. Editors mentioned NoaNet, the statewide fiber project that brings access to a series of community … Read More

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

Date: 3 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nine years ago, Aurora officials decided it was time to reduce telecommunications costs and upgrade to a faster, more reliable network. The local government built a fiber network to service municipal government, but developed long-term ideas for the network to benefit the entire community. Nonprofit OnLight Aurora now uses the City’s fiber optic network to provide high-speed … Read More

Denver Suburb Seeks to Take Back Local Authority

Date: 1 Nov 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Centennial is asking its voters to reclaim local authority this election. City leaders want to make better use of an existing fiber optic system but a 2005 Colorado state law pushed by a corporate telephone company precludes it. If the citizenry reclaims its local authority through referendum, the City can take the next step toward providing … Read More

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida’s Lakeland

Date: 1 Aug 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Near the center of Florida sits Lakeland, the largest city between Orlando and Tampa with 98,000 residents. The area boasts 38 lakes, citrus crops, and a growing healthcare industry. Lakeland also owns a fiber optic network serving education, business, and government. To learn more, we spoke with Paul Meyer, Lakeland Electric City of Lakeland Fiber Optics … Read More

Fiber Optic ConnectArlington Moving Forward in Virginia

Date: 28 Jun 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Arlington County, Virginia is taking advantage of a series of planned projects to create their own fiber optic network, ConnectArlington. The County is moving into phase II of its three part plan to improve connectivity with a publicly owned fiber network. Some creative thinking and inter-agency collaboration seem to be the keys to success in Arlington. … Read More

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