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local-businesses-suffer-in-tennessee-as-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-businesses-suffer-tennessee-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the… Continue reading

community-broadband-media-roundup-september-19-2014
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 19, 2014

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-19-2014

The media is picking up on Chairman Wheeler’s notice to big telecom: 4Mbps is not going to cut it anymore. Wheeler said speeds closer to 10Mbps should be classified as high speed. A good step, but by the end of this Media Roundup, you’ll be questioning what that paltry 10 Mbps can do for communities…… Continue reading

community-broadband-media-roundup-september-12
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 Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 6

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-6

Chairman Wheeler chose the 1776 start-up incubator office as the backdrop for his comments Thursday that outline a new agenda for big telecom: Competition, Competition, Competition. IDG News Service Grant Gross reported on the chairman’s comments. “At the low end of throughput … the majority of Americans have a choice of only two providers,” Wheeler… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – Week of August 29, 2014

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-week-august-29-2014

“When private industry does not answer the call because of market failures or other obstacles, it is appropriate and even commendable, for the people acting through their local governments to improve their lives by investing in their own future.” ~ John McCain, 2005 Wait. What? Brendan Sasso from The National Journal brought up some excellent… Continue reading

center-for-public-integrity-covers-big-telecom-attacks-on-munis
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 4, 2014

Center for Public Integrity Covers Big Telecom Attacks on Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/center-public-integrity-covers-big-telecom-attacks-munis

The Center for Public Integrity recently published an excellent article worth sharing. In “How big telecom smothers city-run broadband,” Allan Holmes describes the money-for-infleunce machine at the state level, connects the dollars, and reveals bedfellows. The article is part of a series investigating the political power of big cable and telecom companies. If you are… Continue reading

rural-indiana-looks-to-tax-increment-financing-to-build-fiber-networks
Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2014

Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-indiana-looks-tax-increment-financing-build-fiber-networks

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2014

Whitewater Weighs Options for Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/whitewater-weighs-options-municipal-broadband

Whitewater, Wisconsin, a city of just under 15,000 people that sits midway between Madison and Milwaukee, is considering its options for establishing a municipal broadband utility. As reported by the local Daily Union newspaper, members of the city council, the community development authority, other local bodies, and the public met this week to hear a… Continue reading

charlotte-media-eyes-salisburys-fibrant
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://www.muninetworks.org/content/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

home-security-firm-adt-opposes-kentucky-bill-to-eliminate-landlines
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 26, 2014

Home Security Firm ADT Opposes Kentucky Bill to Eliminate Landlines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/home-security-firm-adt-opposes-kentucky-bill-eliminate-landlines

In February, we reported on another attempt by AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell, to eliminate plain old telephone service (POTS) in Kentucky. According to Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group, AT&T’s SB 99 is quickly moving ahead and may even be up for a full House vote at any time. Kentucky has fought… Continue reading