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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015

Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014″ According to Wonkblog

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-authority-restrictions-one-worst-policy-ideas-2014-according-wonkblog

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014″ and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list: Fed up… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2015

Fourth Annual IAMU Broadband Conference: March 18th – 19th in Des Moines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fourth-annual-iamu-broadband-conference-march-18th-19th-des-moines

Spring is the time for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) Broadband Conference in Des Moines. This year is it scheduled for March 18th and 19th at the Ramada Tropics and Resort Center downtown. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Chris will be presenting again this year. He has been there 2 out of the last… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2015

Seattle Grassroots Muni Initiative Kicks Off With Campaign Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seattle-grassroots-muni-initiative-kicks-campaign-survey

Seattleites tired of waiting for incumbents to provide better services, have decided to launch a campaign to establish Internet access as a public utility. In order to get the campaign off to a strong start, the founding group has launched a survey to choose a name. Seattle has significant fiber resources in place, an electric… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Boston Globe the Latest to Support Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boston-globe-latest-support-local-authority

Yet another major news outlet has endorsed the President’s position in support of local telecommunications authority. On January 26th, the Boston Globe went on record to endorse the concept, urging the FCC and Congress to work together to ensure local communities have the right to make their own connecitvity decisions. The Globe suggested that, rather than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity’s Middle Way – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 135

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunitys-middle-way-community-broadband-bits-podcast-135

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Ohio that has connected thousands of community anchor institutions with high capacity connections. Created as OneCleveland before expanding, it has remained a rather unique approach to expanding high quality Internet access. This week, CEO Lev Gonick joins us to talk about OneCommunity and its contributions to the region…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

OneCommunity Announces “Big Gig Challenge” Award Recipients

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onecommunity-announces-big-gig-challenge-award-recipients

Last fall, nonprofit ISP OneCommunity  created the “Big Gig Challenge” to jump start expansion and promote gigabit applications in northeast Ohio. The organization recently announced the winners and provided some information about their projects. The West 25th Corridor project, running through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre, and Old Brooklyn is a four mile stretch… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

CLIC Presents Special Pre-Conference Event at 2015 Broadband Summit in Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/clic-presents-special-pre-conference-event-2015-broadband-summit-austin

The 2015 Broadband Communities Summit is scheduled for April 14 – 16 in Austin, Texas. When you book your flight and reserve your room, plan on coming a day early so you can take advantage of the is year’s special pre-conference event. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) will offer a full day’s agenda… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/massachusetts-towns-consider-wiredwest-opportunity

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 23

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-january-23

We continue to see reverberations from President Obama’s speaking out in favor of municipal networks. The presidential nod sparked state lawmakers to propose bills, news organizations to write editorials, and to give communities a better sense of how they can take action locally. As Claire Cain Miller with the New York Times wrote in her… Continue reading

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