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

Mesa’s Focus on Dig Once and Fiber Leases Pays Off – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 139

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mesas-focus-dig-once-and-fiber-leases-pays-community-broadband-bits-podcast-139

Arizona’s city of Mesa is one of the largest communities in the nation to benefit from the city taking role in ensuring conduit and fiber are available throughout the area. This week we talk wi… Continue reading

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

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/partnership-greater-minnesota-focuses-non-metro-need-community-broadband-bits-podcast-136

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access a major priority in their efforts to influence the state legislature. This week, we talk… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Los Angeles Times Supports Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/los-angeles-times-supports-local-authority

President Obama’s recent appearance in Cedar Falls infused adrenaline into the debate about local authority for telecommunications decisions. As a result, some of the media outlets from large cities are now coming out in support of local authority. The Editorial Board of the LA Times published an opinion on January 21st supporting the notion of restoring local authority in states where laws prevent community decision making.

The Times recognizes that rural areas will benefit most from reversing these restrictions, that the restrictions need to be removed for us to compete globally, and that there are numerous municipal networks that are up to the challenge of improving connectivity. The LA Times also recognizes the value of public-private partnerships in New York and in other places where local government has forged productive relationships with the private sector.

Editors at the LA Times boil it down to one tenet:

Regardless, the decision about whether a local agency should get into the broadband business should be left to the people who bear the risk — local officials and the people who elect them.

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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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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

National Press Follows President Obama to Cedar Falls, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-press-president-obama-cedar-falls-iowa/

On January 14th, President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, to share his strategy to expand high-speed connectivity to more Americans, encourage competition, and galvanize economic development. Obama’s plan centers around community networks and he announced that the next step will be eliminating barriers in 19 states that usurp local authority to invest in publicly owned… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2015

President Obama Speaks Against Barriers to Community Networks

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

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Howard County Fiber Encourages New Jobs, Competition in Maryland – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 133

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-maryland-community-broadband-bits

While at the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference in Springfield last year, I had the good fortune to catch a panel with Chris Merdon, the CIO of Howard County, Maryland. Howard County has become an Internet Service Provider, not just to itself, but to private firms as well. To improve Internet access for businesses, it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jan 9, 2015

Electricity’s Un-Natural Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/electricitys-unnatural-monopoly/

The U.S. electricity system is undergoing the biggest change in its 130-year history, undermining the rationale for monopoly ownership and control. Until recently, electricity service was similar to water or roads, where a natural monopoly was most efficient. Only a single, standardized electric grid was needed to connect each building. Technology options were limited to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 17

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-october-17

This week, cities took the stage and made some very important moves to restore their local authority. From cities resisting big media mergers, to those choosing to join the new Next Century Cities initiative, it is a good time to be a part of municipal government efforts.  Broadband Cities Boulder, CO officials are looking ahead… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2014

Responding to Crazy Talk: Arguments Against FCC Restoring Local Authority – Community Broadband Bits Episode 120

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/responding-crazy-talk-arguments-against-fcc-restoring-local-authority-community-broadband

Lisa Gonzalez and I have been wading though all kinds of crazy talk since the cities of Wilson and Chattanooga filed petitions with the FCC to strike down state laws that prevent them from offering Internet access to their neighbors. In our first episode of Crazy Talk since way back in episode 72, we deal… Continue reading