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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks’ impact on life at the local level. Lisa has worked in politics, education, and as a freelance journalist. In addition to her contributions at ILSR.org, Lisa writes for MuniNetworks.org and produces the Broadband Bits podcast. More

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missouri-senate-committee-hears-anti-muni-bill-private-companies-groups-vote/

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we reported on HB 437, introduced by House Member Rocky Miller. Its Senate companion, which establishes… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2015

Isleboro, Maine, Will Vote to Bond for Municipal Network in May

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/isleboro-maine-will-vote-bond-municipal-network-may

Isleboro, the Maine island community of 566, will decide in May whether or not they want to bond to build a municipal fiber network, reports The Working Waterfront. The network will be owned by the town who plans to partner with GWI to operate and manage it.  Currently, about 2/3 of residents on the island… Continue reading

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

Remembering David Carr, and His Writing on Monopoly Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/remembering-david-carr-and-his-writing-monopoly-power

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of ILSR and Director of the Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, took a few moments to look back over the work of David Carr. Carr’s work included investigating monopolies in the telecommunications space. Stacy’s story, re-posted here, originally ran on ILSR.org. What will we do without David Carr, the brilliant media columnist at the New… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayette-congratulates-wilson-offers-support-after-fcc-ruling

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2015

Blackburn and Tillis Introduce Bill Aimed to Undo FCC Decision to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/blackburn-tillis-introduce-bill-aimed-undo-fcc-decision-restore-local-authority/

Last week, the FCC made history when it chose to restore local telecommunications authority by nullifying state barriers in Tennessee and North Carolina. Waiting in the wings were Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Senator Thom Tillis from Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, with their legislation to cut off the FCC at the knees. [A PDF of… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2015

Mitchell to Speak in Syracuse on March 4th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mitchell-speak-syracuse-march-4th

Chris will travel to Syracuse, New York to speak on March 4th as part of Syracuse MetroNet’s Broadband Speaker Series. If you are in the area and interested in attending, the lecture will be at… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2015

Republican Tennessee Leader Endorses Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/republican-tennessee-leader-endorses-local-authority

Republican State Senator Janice Bowling from Tennessee is once again speaking out in favor of local telecommunications authority. On Monday, she published an op-ed in the Tennessean titled “Don’t limit high-speed broadband to big cities,” noting that rural communities often have no choice but to build their own infrastructure to obtain fast, reliable, affordable Internet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Benton Foundation Article Dives Into Upcoming FCC Decision and Section 706

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/benton-foundation-article-dives-upcoming-fcc-decision-and-section-706

Kevin Taglang, recently published an excellent explanatory post for the Benton Foundation entitled What Section 706 Means for Net Neutrality, Municipal Networks, and Universal Broadband. He provides just the right amount of detail to get one up top speed on the upcoming decision and why it promises to be so influential. Additionally, he summarizes many… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Opelika Speaks From Experience: Support Local Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opelika-speaks-experience-support-local-authority

Opelika has offered FTTH to residents and businesses for less than six months but already it is singing the praises of local choice. Mayor Gary Fuller is now speaking out in an opinion piece in AL.com, encouraging the FCC to allow Wilson, Chattanooga, and other communities to have the same opportunity as Opelika. Mayor Fuller… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Join Christopher on Reddit: Ask Him Anything Feb. 26th, 6 – 7 p.m. EST

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/join-christopher-reddit-ask-him-anything-feb-26th-6-7-pm-est

On February 26th, from 6 – 7 p.m. EST, join Chris on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything forum. We encourage you to chat in with your questions. He is ready to answer all your inquiries about municip… Continue reading