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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2014

Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/another-colorado-community-may-reclaim-local-telecommunications-authority

Boulder’s City Council is considering November ballot question to restore local authority for municipal telecommunications services. The measure, if passed, will create an exemption to the 2005 Colorado law allowing Boulder to better use its existing fiber optic infrastructure. Apparently, the Boulder community has a self-reliant streak. This is not the first time the Institute… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

Senators and Representatives Back FCC Move to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/senators-and-representatives-back-fcc-move-restore-local-authority

Citing the importance of Internet access to economic development, a number of Congressional Democrats are calling on FCC Chairman Wheeler to make good on his intention to remove barriers to community owned networks. Senator Edward Markey is the lead from the Senate and Representative Doyle in the House. And this Minnesotan takes pride in seeing… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-applauds-u-s-senators-banding-support-community-broadband-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Resolution to End State Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/us-conference-mayors-passes-resolution-end-state-barriers

On June 22, Mayors from around the country gathered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting. Members of the Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications voted to combine Resolution #115 “Net Neutrality” and #114 “Preserving a Free and Open Internet.” Resolution #115 was of particular interest to community broadband advocates because it called… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2014

Update: Restoring Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-restoring-local-authority-build-community-networks

It has been a busy few weeks for those of focused on restoring local authority to communities over the matter of building Internet networks. But for those of you who are just wondering what is happening, we haven’t done the best job of keeping you in the loop. A few weeks ago, we noted the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2014

Erwin, Tennessee Bringing Fiber to Businesses, Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/erwin-tennessee-bringing-fiber-businesses-residents

Erwin, population 6,000, is planning a pilot project to bring fiber to downtown homes and businesses, reports local media. The project may be lit by November, serving approximately 1,200 premises. According to the Johnson City Press, Erwin Utilities has already developed a plan to offer Internet and phone service: The network would offer customers high-speed… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2014

Transcript: Christopher Mitchell on KGNU’s “It’s the Economy”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-christopher-mitchell-kgnus-its-economy

This is a transcript from a 27 minute radio interview I did with Gavin Dahl from KGNU radio’s “It’s the Economy” show.” Listen to the show here. Many thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript. http://www.kgnu.org/economy/6/19/2014 00:34: Gavin Dahl: Tonight, on “It’s the Economy,” interviews with Professor Jesse Drew, author of the book, “A… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2014

KGNU From Boulder Interviews Chris for Independent Colorado Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kgnu-boulder-interviews-chris-independent-colorado-radio

KGNU from Boulder recently interviewed Chris on It’s the Economy. This 27 minute interview is a crash course in all the intertwined topics that have the telecom policy crowd buzzing. Host Gavin Dahl asked Chris about SB 152, the 2005 Colorado statute that constricted local authority and has prevented communities in that state from investing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2014

Chattanooga Profiled in Al Jazeera America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-profiled-al-jazeera-america

“There are companies that do what we do, but we can do it in hours, and they can take weeks,” said Posey. “Anywhere else, it would take a lot more time and a lot more money … Chattanooga is essential to our business model.” Al Jazeera America’s Peter Moskowitz recently spoke with Clay Posey, one… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2014

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ejecting-power-line-foxes-electric-customer-henhouse/

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel towers across their region and through their property (they have some other cogent arguments, too). They should be more than upset. In fact, all advocates of a… Continue reading