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ilsr-submits-comments-to-fcc-in-support-of-restoring-local-authority
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-submits-comments-fcc-support-restoring-local-authority

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide… Continue reading

national-journal-traces-growth-of-partisanship-in-municipal-broadband-debate
Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

National Journal Traces Growth of Partisanship in Municipal Broadband Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-journal-traces-growth-partisanship-municipal-broadband-debate

In an excellent piece titled “How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet,” the National Journal outlines the disappointing political evolution of municipal broadband, from a bipartisan local choice issue to an anti-Obama Administration, pro-incumbent telecom, states’ rights issue.  It was not so long ago (2005, to be precise) that three Republican senators (John McCain, Lindsey Graham,… 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

national-coalition-opposes-anti-muni-d-c-legislation-time-to-call-your-rep
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-coalition-opposes-anti-muni-dc-legislation-time-call-your-rep

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the House. As we reported yesterday, it is imperative that concerned constituents speak out against two… Continue reading

call-to-action-tell-your-d-c-officials-to-vote-no
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Call to Action: Tell Your D.C. Officials to Vote NO!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/call-action-tell-your-dc-officials-vote-no

H.R. 4752 from Rep Latta (R-OH) will be brought up in the House, likely as an appropriations rider, some time within the next few days. In the past several months, the municipal network movement has made great strides. If passed, this bill’s content can be a significant setback. We encourage you to call the D.C…. Continue reading

update-restoring-local-authority-to-build-community-networks
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2014

Update: Restoring Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-restoring-local-authority-build-community-networks

It has been a busy few weeks for those of focused on restoring local authority to communities over the matter of building Internet networks. But for those of you who are just wondering what is happening, we haven’t done the best job of keeping you in the loop. A few weeks ago, we noted the… Continue reading

kgnu-from-boulder-interviews-chris-for-independent-colorado-radio
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2014

KGNU From Boulder Interviews Chris for Independent Colorado Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kgnu-boulder-interviews-chris-independent-colorado-radio

KGNU from Boulder recently interviewed Chris on It’s the Economy. This 27 minute interview is a crash course in all the intertwined topics that have the telecom policy crowd buzzing. Host Gavin Dahl asked Chris about SB 152, the 2005 Colorado statute that constricted local authority and has prevented communities in that state from investing… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2014

Tim Danahey and Chris Mitchell Talk Muni’s

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tim-danahey-and-chris-mitchell-talk-munis

Tim Danahey recently brought Chris Mitchell on his show to talk about municipal networks and their role in preserving network neutrality. Tim is a fan of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and our work. Tim is a great interviewer because he is up on the issue and politically savvy. From the show website: If President… Continue reading

mag-net-hosts-community-networks-discussion-with-christopher
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

MAG-Net Hosts Community Networks Discussion With Christopher

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mag-net-hosts-community-networks-discussion-christopher

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) recently hosted a Community Cohort Call titled Tech In The City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access. Chris Mitchell, Andrea Figueroa Martinez, John St. Julien from Lafayette, and other community broadband advocates discuss the current state of U.S. broadband infrastructure. Chris offers perspective on monopolistic behavior from current mega… Continue reading

history-of-the-quickly-subverted-1996-telecommunications-act-community-broadband-bits-episode-89
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/history-quickly-subverted-1996-telecommunications-act-community-broadband-bits-episode-89

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart… Continue reading