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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

municipal-networks-and-small-isp-partners-to-fcc-title-ii-not-a-problem
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2015

Municipal Networks and Small ISP Partners to FCC: Title II Not a Problem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/municipal-networks-and-small-isp-partners-to-fcc-title-ii-not-a-problem/

A group of municipal leaders and their private sector small ISP partners submitted an ex parte filing with the FCC today stating that they see no reason to fear Title II reclassification of Internet access. The statement, signed by a variety of towns and providers from different areas of the country is reproduced in full:… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2015

Seattle Grassroots Muni Initiative Kicks Off With Campaign Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/seattle-grassroots-muni-initiative-kicks-off-with-campaign-survey/

Seattleites tired of waiting for incumbents to provide better services, have decided to launch a campaign to establish Internet access as a public utility. In order to get the campaign off to a strong start, the founding group has launched a survey to choose a name. Seattle has significant fiber resources in place, an electric… Continue reading

october-events-in-washington-state-all-about-community-broadband
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2014

October Events in Washington State All About Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/october-events-in-washington-state-all-about-community-broadband/

Two events in October will bring Chris and other telecommunications policy leaders to the State of Washington.  On October 8th, the Seattle Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board is hosting Lunch & Learn: Chris Mitchell on community-owned networks and municipal broadband in Seattle. The free event will be held in Seattle City Hall at noon;… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

Ellensburg Considers Muni Fiber Network Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ellensburg-considers-muni-fiber-network-expansion/

Last year, we covered this central Washington city’s first foray into publicly owned fiber optics. The local incumbent, Charter Communications, began charging the city $10,000 per month for services it had been providing for free for a decade as part of its franchise agreement. Ellensburg officials did some quick math and realized that they could… Continue reading

local-media-sees-need-for-municipal-network-in-olympia-washington
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2014

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/local-media-sees-need-for-municipal-network-in-olympia-washington/

Local news editors seem inspired by the current network neutrality debate at the FCC. Newsrooms considering the prospect of paid prioritization are reassessing the value of municipal networks. Not long ago, the Olympian ran an editorial offering the basics of municipal networks. Editors mentioned NoaNet, the statewide fiber project that brings access to a series of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2014

“Connect With the World” in Mount Vernon on October 9

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/connect-with-the-world-in-mount-vernon-on-october-9/

Plan on spending Thursday, October 9 in Mount Vernon, Washington. Chris will speak with three other experts on creating a local environment attractive to the tech industry.  The “Connect With The World” event will occur at Skagit Valley College‘s MacIntyre Hall from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT. Other speakers will be: Mark Anderson: One… Continue reading

seattleites-want-more-than-rhetoric-in-quest-for-better-broadband
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2014

Seattleites Want More Than Rhetoric in Quest for Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/seattleites-want-more-than-rhetoric-in-quest-for-better-broadband/

In a recent SLOG post from the Stranger, Ansel Herz commented on Mayor Ed Murray’s recent statement on broadband in Seattle. Murray’s statement included: Finding a job, getting a competitive education, participating in our democracy, or even going to work for some, requires high speed internet access. I have seen people say online, “I don’t… Continue reading

new-york-times-covers-fiber-and-economic-development
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2014

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-york-times-covers-fiber-and-economic-development/

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. Murphy acknowledged that successful companies are moving from major metropolitan areas to less populated communities… Continue reading

the-challenge-of-open-access-lessons-learned-part-iii
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading