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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2012

Travel Back in Time with Trent Lott

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/travel-back-time-trent-lott

“I think the rural electric associations, the municipalities, and the investor-owned utilities, are all positioned to make a real contribution in this telecommunications area, and I do think it is important that we make sure we have got the right language to accomplish what we wish to accomplish here.” – Fmr. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2012

Protecting Local Authority Against ALEC and AT&T Attacks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/protecting-local-authority-against-alec-and-att-attacks

Forbes’ CIO Network carried this article co-authored by our own Christopher Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle, the Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. The same article also ran on the CommonBlog under the title “Debunking ALEC, Broadband Edition.” Why Communities Should Decide What Telecom Networks They Have Not long ago,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2012

Fiberhoods New Destination for Start-Up Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiberhoods-new-destination-start-businesses

As more and more businesses consider broadband a critical utility, property demand reflects the need for high-speed Internet. In Kansas City, property designated as a future Fiberhood is already in high demand. Phillip Dampier reports in Stop the Cap! that tech businesses are relocating to get the jump on the gigabit fiber service, inching property… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2012

Extensive Fiber Route Snaking Its Way Across Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/extensive-fiber-route-snaking-its-way-across-michigan

The nonprofit Merit Network, Inc., of Michigan, started in 1966 as a way to provide networking help to the state’s research and educational facilities across the state. Over the years, the organization has kept up with the times and is now spearheading the Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Healthcare – Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 18 – Dewayne Hendricks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-18-dewayne-hendricks

Dewayne Hendricks is a serial entreprenuer, innovator, and wireless expert. Wired magazine labeled him a broadband cowboy back in 2001. And he is our guest on the 18th episode of Community Broadband Bits. Our discussion focuses on the promise of wireless technologies and how a few entrenched interests in DC (the big broadcasters and wireless… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Oct. 24th Digital Dialogue on Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oct-24th-digital-dialogue-community-networks

On October 24th, tune to the Media Action Grassroots Network for a discussion on community networks and their contribution to the areas that create them. MAG-Net will be hosting a Digital Dialogue at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST. The presentation is titled Community Broadband as a Path to Thriving Local Economies and Neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Gamers Lament Telcos Inability to Keep Up

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gamers-lament-telcos-inability-keep

“We have to worry about broadband when we should be thinking about making better games.” – Eidos Presdent Ian Livingstone at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, October 17, 2012. Kyle Orland reports in Ars Technica on Livingstone’s comments about the chemistry between broadband service providers and the gaming industry. While broadband speeds continue to… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

The Incredible Incompetence of Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/incredible-incompetence-comcast/

My colleague writes a good-as-any explanation of why we’re not getting quite as much energy work done in the past week as we’d like. What happens when economies of scale are taken to ridiculous proportions? The wretched customer service of Comcast, AT&T, Etc. We recently had to move our Institute for Local Self-Reliance office within… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

UTOPIA Makes Red Cross More Efficient, Cost Effective

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-makes-red-cross-more-efficient-cost-effective

In 1881, Clara Barton started the American Red Cross as a way to offer relief to victims of disaster. Coordinating relief in the face of crisis will always be challenging, but now UTOPIA, the publicly owned, open access FTTH network in Utah, makes it easier and more economical. The change will allow the regional Red… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

Six Small Business Issues at Stake in this Election

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-business-issues-stake-election/

Here’s a look at six small business issues at stake in next month’s federal and state elections, including bank reform, corporate tax advantages, getting corporate money out of politics, capping credit card fees, and creating preferences for local businesses in government purchasing. Continue reading