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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

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2015

Mitchell to Speak in Syracuse on March 4th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mitchell-speak-syracuse-march-4th

Chris will travel to Syracuse, New York to speak on March 4th as part of Syracuse MetroNet’s Broadband Speaker Series. If you are in the area and interested in attending, the lecture will be at… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2015

Cable Companies Lose Big at FCC, Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down

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

Two southern cities today persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to recognize their right to build their own publicly owned Internet networks where existing providers had refused to invest in modern connections. The 3-2 FCC vote removes barriers for municipal networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina, to extend their high-quality Internet service to nearby… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Join Christopher on Reddit: Ask Him Anything Feb. 26th, 6 – 7 p.m. EST

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On February 26th, from 6 – 7 p.m. EST, join Chris on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything forum. We encourage you to chat in with your questions. He is ready to answer all your inquiries about municip… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

Christopher Mitchell on KSTX, Texas Public Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-kstx-texas-public-radio

Chris Mitchell spoke on TPR’s “The Source” about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s support of Title II reclassification and future prospects for networks like The San Antonio Area Broadband Network (SAABN).  Guests discussed how TV and Cable Lobbyists were able to create barriers to networks, whether the FCC has the power to preempt rules that limit… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Chris responds to President Obama’s endorsement of community networks on MPR’s “Daily Circuit”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-responds-president-obama%E2%80%99s-endorsement-community-networks-mprs-daily-circuit

Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit (MPR) interviewed Chris about President Obama’s recent endorsment to end restrictions on states that limit local broadband authority. Chris and Danna Mackenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, answered questions about what Obama’s announcement means for faster, cheaper, more reliable Internet for consumers.  Chris explained that it’s… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

Christopher Mitchell discusses Net Neutrality on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Daily Circuit.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-discusses-net-neutrality-minnesota-public-radio%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cdaily-circuit%E2%80%9D

Last fall, MPR’s “Daily Circuit” interviewed Chris regarding President Obama’s net neutrality plan and how it could shape the future of the Internet. Chris discussed why Obama’s request that Internet service be reclassified under Title II is necessary, but not sufficient to solve current market problems. Chris explained that right now consumers have very few… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Still Time to Register for F2C 2015…But Hurry!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/still-time-register-f2c-2015%E2%80%A6-hurry

If you are still contemplating whether or not to trek to New York City on March 2nd and 3rd for Freedom to Connect 2015, now is the time to take action. Tickets are going fast and seats are limited. ATTENDANCE IS BY REGISTRATION ONLY and this year the event is hot! Register online through EventBrite.com. A… 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://www.muninetworks.org/content/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 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