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  • The Co-op Calvary Gives Community Broadband Major Boost!

    in Internet

    Some creative thinking saved the broadband dreams of 10 cities in two Minnesota counties. Could cooperatives (co-ops) provide the magic bullet for municipalities encumbered with funding and political hurdles?


    Communities in Renville and Sibley Counties created the RS Fiber Cooperative to address rural communication needs. Recently the communities decided to lend the co-op funds they need to build a fiber and wireless infrastructure to cover the towns and farmlands in the co-op's service area. The arrangement resolves several challenges that a number of communities face:



    it was easier for cities to pass a bond to pay the co-op to build the network rather then have the cities build it;
    co-ops’ existing community relationships translate into faster network take rates;
    Minnesota is one of the 21 states with a law restricting public broadband.


    Mark Erickson, Winthrop, MN EDA Director and a key contributor to the project joins us to talk us through the complexities of the financial arrangement and the benefits of having the co-op take the lead on the network buildout. He also discusses the role of co-ops in the bigger broadband picture as they take aggressive action in deploying networks.


    My new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol 2, devotes significant coverage to co-ops and their increasing impact on broadband.   

  • 00:16

    Community Garden tidbits for February

    in Gardening

    Greetings!


    It is Community Garden tidbits for February.  What Grants are nearing their deadlines and other info.


    For your FREE Subscription to the Digital Magazine "Community Garden" use the Link http:joom.ag/nBhp


    Thanks!


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill


    Email:  communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in Promo code "community20" for your 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in "Revolution" for your $50 OFF your ONLINE Order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order of Garden Equipment and Tools.


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  • 01:00

    Get Your Broadband Plan, Stan - Courtesy of the EPA

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    The Obama Administration was deadly serious in September when they called for all Federal hands on deck to meet the challenges of deploying broadband everywhere. The EPA – yes, that EPA – along with the USDA’s Rural Utilities Services is rolling out a pilot program to offer communities broadband strategy planning assistance.


    Ed Fendley lays out plans for Cool & Connected, the service he heads for the EPA. The program targets communities interested in using broadband to help revitalize small-town promote economic development. Cool & Connected is recruiting experts to assist communities with network buildouts and tactics that enable networks to deliver their promised benefits.


    In today’s interview, Fendley provides details on eligibility requirements, rules and due dates. Participants also are encouraged to bring partnership to the table.


    With the heavy focus on helping communities afford the cost of building broadband networks, we sometimes forget about the cost of planning for networks, particularly in small and midsize towns. The EPA believes its resources can be best brought to bear by pursuing this planning role. 

  • 00:58

    The State Broadband in the State of Oregon

    in Internet

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    There’s a lot going on in broadband in Oregon. Communities such as Sandy are upgrading their infrastructure significantly, or planning their initial networks. Co-op are energized and several of them are planning to launch broadband initiatives. The rural telephone companies are providing creative solutions that are getting communities connected.


    Joseph Franell, General Manager and CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom, discusses some of the opportunities and the challenges that communities face here in the state. Gigabit Nation is broadcasting live from the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference, which draws statewide attendees to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about telecommunications.


    Franell and Gigabit Nation host Craig Settles highlight:



    some of the challenges with bridging the broadband divide in education;
    addressing the urban/rural divide;
    what is the "right" model to deploy gigabit networks in rural markets;
    how has the USF/ICC reform impacted rural carriers and how are they moving forward;
    what are the pluses and minuses of the Google Fiber model.


    Sandy, OR’s move to gigabit broadband is one of the many case stories in Settles’ new book, Building the Gigabit City, Vol. 2.


     

  • 00:16

    Super Bowl San Francisco Community Gardens, February issue "Community Garden"

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    Greetings!


    It is about time for SuperBowl 50 to start in a couple of weeks.  Lets see what the Host City San Francisco, California, does with their Community Gardens.  Plus, we'll talk about the upcoming issue of the February "Community Garden" which should be Published February 1, 2016.  It has a lot of information and Government Bill ideas going around the USA.  What is going on with Legislation where you live.  


    Do look on the websites of ScottsMiracle-Gro for their "Pollinator Promise" Grants that the first week of February your applications have to be in.  Also, check out the various Grant cycles this year of your State for the Walmart Foundation.  We'll have that info also in the Digital Magazine "Community Garden" that is a FREE Subscription at this month Link being http://joom.ag/aUvp


    The February issue is just about here!  Sure, I will keep you posted when that is Published. 


    Thanks!


    Have A Great Commuity Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Publisher and Radio Show Host


    Email:  communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com


    www.aerogarden.com Type in Promo Code "community20" for your 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order for Community Garden Equipment and Tools.  


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" for your $50 dollars OFF your ONLINE order.


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  • 00:55

    Seeds that Feed, Oxford Community Garden from Mississippi

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    Greetings!  There is a loaded show today of a LOT of information.  


    The folks from the "Seeds that Feed" from Arkansas will tell us about their new Mobile Famers Market they started late last summer.  Hear how they did it, why, and how it went.  What is new for 2016.  


    Then, we'll hear from a the Oxford Community Garden of Oxford, Mississippi,  that will tell us what they are doing and what will be they be doing in 2016.


    Thanks!


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Radio Show Host and Publisher


    Email:  communitygardenradioshow@gmail.com


    Digital Magazine Link to "Community Garden" is http://joom.ag/aUvp


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in the Promo Code "community20" for your 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order for Garden Equipment and Tools.


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" for your $50 OFF your ONLINE order.  


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  • 00:55

    Community Garden Digital Mag for February now out, ScottsMiracle-Gro Grants, etc

    in Gardening

    Greetings!  get your pencil ready...here is this months Link for the Digital Magazine "Community Garden"  at http://joom.ag/nBhp for your FREE Subscription.


    Lets hear about any and all Grant information, including the applications for the ScottsMiracle-Gro "Pollinator Promise" that is soon ending for a deadline to get your forms in for review.


    And, I'm sure we will talk about other news.


    Thanks!


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Publisher and Radio Show Host


    Email:  communitygardenradioshow@gmail.com


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" for $50 Dollars OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar15" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in Promo Code "community20" for your 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


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  • 00:16

    Community Garden February Issue Digital Magazine, Grants and other news

    in Gardening

    Greetings!


    Well, a lot going on in the Winter as Groups plan out their Community Garden sites.  How about hearing of the latest issue of the Digital Magazine "Community Garden".  Plus, lets find out about some Grants that are available with some nearing deadlines to apply, and, other news.


    Thanks! 


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Publisher and Radio Show Host


    Email:  communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com


    "Community Garden" Digital Magazine Link for FREE Subscription is http://joom.ag/nBhp


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in Promo Code "community20" to receive 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order of Garden Equipment and Tools.


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" to receive $50 Dollars OFF your ONLINE order.  


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  • 00:30

    Community Responsibility

    in Fashion

    We will f iscuss community
    Responsibility what can I do to make my community better one step one person at a time.

  • 00:20

    Oxford Community Garden from Oxford, Mississippi

    in Gardening

    Greetings!  We are going to hear from a Community Garden Group of what they are doing. We'll hear about the Oxford Community Garden from Oxford, Mississippi.


     


    Thanks!


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Radio Show Host


    Email:  communitygardenrevolution@gmail.com


    Digital Magazine  "Community Garden" at Link this month http://joom.ag/aUvp


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" for your $50 Dollars OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in Promo Code "community20" for your 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" for your 10% OFF your ONLINE order of Garden Equipment and Tools.  


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  • 00:55

    Grant info, Digital Magazine "Community Garden" article info, other news

    in Gardening

    Greetings!


    There is some Grant info to give out....lots of money is out there for Community Gardeners if you apply and get selected.  There is some GREAT info on the Digital Magazine "Community Garden" news articles, and other Community Garden information and news. Hope you like the information.


    Thanks!


    Have a Great Community Garden Day!


    Mary K. Hukill, Author, Radio Show Host, Publisher


    Community Garden Ditial Magazine Link is http:joom.ag/aUvp and receive a FREE subscription.


    www.aerogarden.com  Type in Promo Code "community20" and receive 20% OFF your ONLINE order.


    www.natesamericanmadestsore.com  Type in Promo Code "comgar16" and receive 10% OFF your ONLINE order for Garden Equipment and Tools.  Order Today!


    www.gardentowerproject.com  Type in Promo Code "Revolution" and receive $50 OFF your ONLINE order.  


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