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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

Peering: Then and Now on Community Broadband Bits Podcast #96

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/peering-then-and-now-on-community-broadband-bits-podcast-96/

This week we are welcoming Scott Bradner, a long time doer, writer, and thinker on Internet matters. Thanks to a listener request, we had already recorded an interview last week discussing peering before the news broke that the FCC would be allowing paid prioritization peering arrangements, which many have said represents the end of network… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

No Scale Advantage in Netflix Speed Ranking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/no-scale-advantage-in-netflix-speed-ranking/

Netflix has continued to publish monthly rankings of ISPs average speed in delivering Netflix video content to subscribers. Though they first published data about the largest, national ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and the link, they have an expanded list with many more ISPs. I recognize two municipal networks on the expanded list of 60 ISPs…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

To Save the Internet We Need To Own The Means Of Distribution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/save-internet-means-distribution-2/

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet:  owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government.  Owning the means of distribution is a traditional function of local government…. Continue reading

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

CenturyLink Seeks Apartment Buildings for Gigabit in Portland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/centurylink-seeks-apartment-buildings-for-gigabit-in-portland/

In the wake of Google’s announcement that Portland could be one of the next communities for the Google Fiber network, CenturyLink is circulating an offer to select apartment buildings to apply for CenturyLink fiber. This appears to be more than the standard fiber-to-the-press-release responses we often see from the big telephone companies that prefer to… Continue reading

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

Charlotte Media Eyes Salisbury’s Fibrant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/charlotte-media-eyes-salisburys-fibrant/

WSOC TV in Charlotte recently looked at Salisbury’s four-year-old Fibrant network. Reporter Tenikka Smith investigated what a municipal network could do for Charlotte. Charlotte is also one of the communities working with Google in hopes of having it expand to them. That interest has led AT&T to consider updating its comparatively pathetic DSL services as well. Smith… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2014

A Trojan Carrot

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

Walmart already controls more than 25 percent of the U.S. grocery market. With its latest organic scheme, it’s aiming to control even more. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2014

Paid Prioritization Threat Reinforces Value of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/paid-prioritization-threat-reinforces-value/

Recent reports out of the FCC say that it will allow ISPs to create and sell “fast lanes” of Internet access to the companies with sufficiently deep pockets to afford them. While some people argue over whether this violates network neutrality principles or not, the more important point is that most communities have no control over how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 23, 2014

GovTech Reports on Broadband Legislation in Five States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/govtech-reports-on-broadband-legislation-in-five-states/

Broadband is a topic of interest in several state legislative chambers this session. In a recent Government Technology article, Brian Heaton focused on five states where community broadband is particularly contentious. In some cases, legislators want to expand opportunities while others seek to limit local authority. We introduced you to the Kansas anti-competition bill in January…. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2014

Community Solar Gardens Sprouting in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-solar-gardens-sprouting-minnesota/

On April 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission resoundingly rejected (click the link for an annotated ruling) a severely lacking community solar gardens proposal from Xcel Energy and required substantial improvements for the utility’s revised filing. The regulatory smack-down means a promising community solar market for Minnesota (scroll down for the infographic version).    … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2014

Montrose Moves Toward Muni Network -Community Broadband Bits Podcast #95

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/montrose-moves-toward-muni-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-95/

Nestled in a valley in the Colorado rockies, the city of Montrose has voted overwhelmingly to reestablish local authority over whether to build a municipal fiber network. With nearly 20,000 people, Montrose does have cable service from Charter and DSL from CenturyLink but neither service is meeting local needs. Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and… Continue reading