Public Entities in Washington County Partner in Connecting their Communities

Date: 31 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Public entities in Skagit County, Washington, are joining forces to improve connectivity in rural areas while developing infrastructure to connect the entire county. Earlier this month the Port of Skagit and the Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) entered into an agreement to form an entity to develop an open access network in keeping with the county’s strategic fiber plan.… Read More

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Governments, profiles 11 home composting programs (10 in the United States, 1 in Canada) and is a guide for local governments starting their own programs. It makes the case that home composting should be a central component of every community’s residential food waste reduction strategy. The guide is not intended as a manual on how to compost at home.… Read More

Community Broadband Bits Podcast: State Legislatures are Taking Action on Broadband

Date: 24 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

 This is episode 303(!) of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. We’re a little off kilter these days when it comes … Read More

Washington State Legislation Paves Way for Fiber Network Deployment

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

In March, Washington state legislators passed HB 2664 and sent it on to Governor Jay Inslee, who signed the bill on March 22nd. In the Port of Ridgefield, where the community has been developing plans for a dark fiber network, the community had advocated for the change. Now that the law will be changing for the better, they’re ready to pursue the partnerships they need to spur economic development and improve connectivity for residents and businesses.… Read More

Two Small American Cities Present ILSR-produced Municipal Broadband Video at City Council Meetings

Date: 28 Mar 2018 | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Andalusia, Alabama & Coulee Dam, Washington members of the each city council were interested in learning more about municipal broadband and how it could work for their communities. That’s where the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s resources came in in a great example of our resources reaching far and wide.… Read More

Port-Provided Broadband Partnership Bill Passed in Washington State

Date: 9 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week we reported about the uncertain position that faced Washington ports might find themselves in, should they decide to bring better connectivity to the areas within and around their service areas. We are pleased to learn that the state legislature saw the light and chose to pass the bill without the proposed harmful Senate amendments. It’s good news, but the final bill isn’t ideal.… Read More

Neighborhood Groups in a Washington State County Connect to Fiber Network

Date: 2 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community-members in Kitsap County are moving inexorably toward neighborhood level broadband availability! The Lookout Lane community formed their LUD and worked with the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) to expand its open access network to their neighborhood because they were stuck with slow CenturyLink DSL. Residents didn’t feel that they were getting what they were paying for at $60 per month and 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) on average download speed. Now they have options up to 1 gigabit symmetrical via the publicly owned open access network.… Read More

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