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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2015

Dark Fiber Option Coming to Arlington Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dark-fiber-option-coming-to-arlington-businesses/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2015

Broward County Saves with Fiber Network in Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/broward-county-saves-with-fiber-network-in-florida/

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…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2014

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-media-sees-need-for-municipal-network-in-olympia-washington/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2014

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/onlight-aurora-partners-with-the-city-for-better-connectivity-in-illinois/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Denver Suburb Seeks to Take Back Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/denver-suburb-seeks-to-take-back-local-authority/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2013

Dark Fiber Paying Off in Florida’s Lakeland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dark-fiber-paying-off-in-floridas-lakeland/

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… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2012

Fiber Optic ConnectArlington Moving Forward in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-optic-connectarlington-moving-forward-in-virginia/

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… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2012

Business Can’t Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/private-sector-isnt-competitive-subsidy/

Handicapping occurs in sports to equalize the winning chances of contestants of varying abilities. Sometimes, as in horse racing, superior horses, based on past performance, are required to carry more weight.  Sometimes, as in golf, poorer players are allowed more strokes. Unbeknownst to most of us, the competition between the public and private sectors is… Continue reading

filed under Energy | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2009

Report: Electric Vehicle Policy For the Midwest – A Scoping Document

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-vehicle-policy-midwest-scoping-document/

This December 2009 report was prepared for the RE-AMP network (120+ organizations in eight Midwestern states). The scoping report outlines and makes recommendations on a variety of policy issues related to expanding electric vehicles. The report illustrates the relationships between electric vehicles and other GHG reduction strategies such as fuel economy standards (CAFE), low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) and efforts to reduce vehicle miles traveled.  Because of their energy storage capability, electrified vehicles will also play an increasingly important role in the expansion of renewable energy and the future elaboration of smart grid technologies.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2008

How T. Boone Pickens’ Energy Plan Just Got Killed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-t-boone-pickens-energy-plan-just-got-killed/

The financial bailout bill passed by Congress may have once and for all put an end to T. Boone Pickens’ energy plan. Let me explain.

Until the financial meltdown obliterated all other news coverage, T. Boone and his energy plan were everywhere. His book, The First Billion Is the Hardest, is number two on the bestseller list. During the Republican and Democrat Conventions his press conferences were attended by a fawning media, virtually all of who filed stories with the theme "oil man turns wind energy advocate."

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