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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum – Community Broadband Bits Episode 116

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-internet-governance-forum-community-broadband-bits-episode-116

This week, Lisa Gonzalez interviews me about my recent trip to the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The IGF is an opportunity for anyone concerned with Internet Governance on planet Earth to discuss the perceived problems and possible solutions. It uses a multi-stakeholder format, which means that governments, businesses, civil society, and academics are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-submits-comments-fcc-support-restoring-local-authority

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-september-12

This week, you might have been tripped up by some infuriating “spinning wheels of death” on the Internet, but don’t worry, the slow-down was largely symbolic— at least for now. Fierce Telecom covered the Internet Slowdown Day protest on Wednesday, organized by “Battle for the Net.” It was designed to bring attention to what will happen… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2014

The Guardian Visits Chattanooga

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

The Guardian recently ran an article covering Chattanooga EPB’s fiber network. The article tells the story of the birth of the network, the challenges the community faced to get its gigabit service, and how the network has sculpted the community. Reporter Dominic Rushe, mentioned how the city has faced legal opposition from incumbents that sued… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Scotland, Sovereignty and Corporations

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

Since 1945 the number of nations has soared from about 60 to more than 180.  The first wave of new sovereign states came with the decolonization movement of the 1960s and 1970s; the second in the early 1990s with the break-up of the Soviet Union. Scotland’s independence movement is part of a third wave. Dozens of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2014

Minnesota Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns Show Shortcomings of Large Scale Power Generation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/minnesota-nuclear-plant-cost-overruns-highlight-risk-centralized-climate-solutions/

With the rich history of cost overruns in the nuclear industry, Xcel Energy and Minnesota regulators probably shouldn’t have been surprised when the retrofit cost to the Monticello nuclear power plant ballooned to more than twice the original estimate late last year. Regulators are asking tough questions about whether the cost overruns are the responsibility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2014

Blackburn and Wheeler: Awkward Penpals

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blackburn-and-wheeler-awkward-penpals

Back in June, some sixty House Republicans led by Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn sent an open letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing their “deep concern” with his support for community networks. They took issue with comments he made at a House Energy and Commerce hearing in May, indicating his willingness to preempt incumbent-sponsored anticompetitive state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Internet Slowdown Day: Tell the FCC You Do Not Want Fast Lanes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/internet-slowdown-day-tell-fcc-you-do-not-want-fast-lanes

Depending on what websites you have visited today, you may have noticed the “spinning wheel of death” greeting you followed by a request to join on a letter in favor of network neutrality. September 10, 2014 is now known as Internet Slowdown Day. The idea is to demonstrate what your Internet experience may be like… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

ILSR Statement on FCC Call for More Competition: A Step In the Right Direction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-statement-fcc-call-more-competition-step-right-direction

There is little doubt that our readers are aware of Chairman Wheeler’s remarks on September 4th at 1776, a start-up incubator in D.C. His message echoed what policy leaders have repeated countless times – competition is lacking in the world of broadband. Telecommunications has become a popular topic in the past few months as decision… Continue reading