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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2015

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-134

Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 134 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows and head of Ting. Listen to this episode here. 00:08: Elliot Noss: You know, I think that fiber infrastructure is the most important economic asset that any town, city, or country could… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Introduces Community Broadband Act

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/us-senator-cory-booker-introduces-community-broadband-act

Senator Booker has taken the lead in introducing the Community Broadband Act to the U.S. Senate along with Senators McCaskill and Markey. We are thankful for their leadership on the issue. As part of their announcement, they included the following statements: “As Mayor of Newark, I saw firsthand the value of empowering local communities to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Maine Legislature All About That Broadband in 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/maine-legislature-all-about-broadband-2015

Maine continues to be a hot spot in the drive to improve connectivity as the 2015 state legislative session opens. According to the Bangor Daily News, 35 bills have been introduced that deal with broadband issues. The story also notes that several lawmakers have introduced bills that propose funding from the state. House Republican Norman… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Bill to Establish Broadband Grant Program in Montana State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-establish-broadband-grant-program-montana-state-legislature

In Missoula and Bozeman, momentum is building for improved connectivity by way of community network infrastructure. As usual, funding a municipal network is always one of the main challenges, but the state appears uninterested in helping them. State Representative Kelly McCarthy recently dropped HB 14 into the hopper, a bill to create a broadband development… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2015

Cap Times Weighs In on Mayoral Race, Muni Broadband, and Free Internet: We Need It!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cap-times-weighs-mayoral-race-muni-broadband-and-free-internet-we-need-it

The Madison Cap Times recently ran an editorial focusing on the surprising nature of mayoral races. We were also surprised – pleasantly so – to read the intention of the editorial board (emphasis ours): The Capital Times will add its proposals to the mix, with a special focus on using emerging technologies to promote high-wage… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Most Municipal Networks Built in Conservative Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/most-municipal-networks-built-conservative-cities

We’ve been curious about voting patterns from communities that have built their own networks so we took our community broadband networks map and analyzed some election data. A substantial majority of communities that have built their own networks vote Republican. We decided to stick with the citywide networks, where a community has taken the greatest… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Use Social Media to Support Local Choice!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/use-social-media-support-local-choice

Join us on February 2 as we make the case for local Internet choice – with a few simple clicks, you can join our Thunderclap, where all of our social media accounts will publish a message in favor of local choice. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice is encouraging people to sign up in advance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

Ting Delivering FTTH Is Great News for Community Fiber – Community Broadband Bits Episode 134

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ting-delivering-ftth-great-news-community-fiber-community-broadband-bits-episode-134

In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2015

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-article-economic-development-and-fiber-killer-app-local-fiber-networks

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2015

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Issues RFP

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-broadband-authority-issues-rfp

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia has taken a deliberate pace on the road to improving local connectivity. On December 10th, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) released an RFP for proposals for an open access fiber optic network. The RVBA is seeking a partner to build the network that will remain a publicly owned asset… Continue reading