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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 27

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-february-27

This week, the FCC made an historic decision in favor of municipal networks in Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC. Chris was in Washington, DC to witness the vote, hear the testimony, and celebrate the hard work of several organizations. As Brendan Sasso with the National Journal reported, “The issue is one of the most controversial… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2015

Republican Tennessee Leader Endorses Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/republican-tennessee-leader-endorses-local-authority

Republican State Senator Janice Bowling from Tennessee is once again speaking out in favor of local telecommunications authority. On Monday, she published an op-ed in the Tennessean titled “Don’t limit high-speed broadband to big cities,” noting that rural communities often have no choice but to build their own infrastructure to obtain fast, reliable, affordable Internet… 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 21, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 20

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-february-20

Next week the FCC will make a landmark decision that will affect the future of community networks. Here’s a roundup of stories. Hate Your Internet Service Provider? You Should Have Feb. 26 Circled on Your Calendar by Daniel B. Kline, Motley Fool The state of city-run Internet by Allan Holmes, Center for Public Integrity The Center… Continue reading

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

Boulder Uses New Found Authority to Offer Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-uses-new-found-authority-offer-free-wi-fi

Just two months after voters passed ballot measure 2C, the City of Boulder is solidifying plans to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown Civic Area, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder was one of several Colorado communities that reclaimed local authority last fall. They had no specific project planned but knew they needed to create… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 13, 2015

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-february-13-2015

The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 13, 2015

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-february-13-2015

The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection…. 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://www.muninetworks.org/content/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-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://www.muninetworks.org/content/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading