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

FCC Opinion and Order Striking Down Local Authority Limits in TN and NC: Highlights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fcc-opinion-and-order-striking-down-local-authority-limits-in-tn-and-nc-highlights/

The FCC has found that it has the authority to remove aspects of Tennessee and North Carolina law that limit local authority to build or expand Internet networks. In short, states seem to retain the authority to restrict municipalities from offering service at all. However, if states allow local governments to offer services, then the… Continue reading

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

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mount-vernon-mayor-local-authority-has-been-good-for-our-city/

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

Tennessee Farm Bureau Association Backs State Legislation to End Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/tennessee-farm-bureau-association-backs-state-legislation-to-end-barriers/

The Tennessee Farm Bureau Association recently put its support behind state legislation from Senator Janice Bowling and Rep. Kevin Brooks reports the Times Free Press.  The Bureau told the Times Free Press: “Our members are hungry to have broadband,” said Rhedonna Rose, executive vice president of the 600,000-member Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. “We represent a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

March 13th Webinar on Historic FCC Decision: Net Neutrality and Muni Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/march-13th-webinar-on-historic-fcc-decision-net-neutrality-and-muni-broadband/

In light of the recent FCC decision to restore some local telecommunications authority in Tennessee and North Carolina, it is time to examine the details. Join leading telecom attorneys Jim Baller and Marty Stern as they host a live BroadbandUS.TV webcast on March 13th to discuss Title II, network neutrality, and new possibilities for munis…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

March 13th Webinar on Historic FCC Decision: Net Neutrality and Muni Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/march-13th-webinar-on-historic-fcc-decision-net-neutrality-and-muni-broadband-2/

In light of the recent FCC decision to restore some local telecommunications authority in Tennessee and North Carolina, it is time to examine the details. Join leading telecom attorneys Jim Baller and Marty Stern as they host a live BroadbandUS.TV webcast on March 13th to discuss Title II, network neutrality, and new possibilities for munis…. Continue reading

blackburn-and-tillis-introduce-bill-aimed-to-undue-fcc-decision-to-restore-local-authority
Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2015

Blackburn and Tillis Introduce Bill Aimed to Undo FCC Decision to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/blackburn-tillis-introduce-bill-aimed-undo-fcc-decision-restore-local-authority/

Last week, the FCC made history when it chose to restore local telecommunications authority by nullifying state barriers in Tennessee and North Carolina. Waiting in the wings were Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Senator Thom Tillis from Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, with their legislation to cut off the FCC at the knees. [A PDF of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority-2/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Supporters Rally Behind Wheeler, Chattanooga, and Wilson: “I Recommend Approval”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/supporters-rally-behind-wheeler-chattanooga-and-wilson-i-recommend-approval/

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement yesterday supporting the concept of local authority for community broadband infrastructure. Chattanooga and Wilson filed petitions to scale back state restrictions last summer. In his statement, Wheeler officially recommended the Commission approve the petitions. If approved, the petitions have the potential to liberate local communities from state restrictions.  Along with… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 24

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-24/

On this week’s community broadband media roundup, we have more reverberations from Next Century Cities, a forward-thinking coalition of cities that promises real progress in establishing or restoring local authority for broadband networks. For the inside scoop on the launch, we suggest taking a look at Ann L. Kim’s Friday Q&A with Deb Socia, the… Continue reading