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community-broadband-media-roundup-february-13-2015
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

call-to-action-support-stronger-rules-for-mobile-911
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Call to Action: Support Stronger Rules for Mobile 911

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/call-action-support-stronger-rules-mobile-911

An increasing number of Americans are abandoning their landlines for the convenience and economy of mobile devices. Unfortunately, doing so also makes it more difficult to locate the caller in an emergency. In order to correct the problem, the FCC has proposed a stronger set of rules that will increase location accuracy for 911 calls…. Continue reading

verizon-ceo-lte-cannot-replace-fiber
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

Verizon CEO: LTE Cannot Replace Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-ceo-lte-cannot-replace-fiber

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead is not doing any favors for Comcast as it pursues approval to acquire Time Warner Cable. In August, he came out and publicly stated that no, LTE is not equal to fiber. The Verge quoted Mead, who was refreshingly honest about technical limitations and Comcast’s motivations for making such outrageous… Continue reading

local-businesses-suffer-in-tennessee-as-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-businesses-suffer-tennessee-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the… Continue reading

ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum
Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

ILSR Co-Signs FCC Comment Endorsing More Open Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum

The Institute for Local Self Reliance has joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Open Technology Institute, in submitting reply comments to the FCC last week as the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC). The issue at hand is the FCC’s proposal of new rules for how to govern the 3.5 GHz band, a range… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 2: The Possibilities of an Open, Unlicensed Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-2-possibilities-open-unlicensed-spectrum-0

In the first part of this series, we discussed how spectrum could be better managed to allow far greater communications capacity, but only if the FCC abandoned its traditional approach of auctioning spectrum to carriers for monopolistic use. In this part, we’ll discuss how devices could take advantage of a new approach to spectrum management… Continue reading

wireless-commons-part-1-interference-is-a-myth-but-the-fcc-hasnt-caught-on-yet
Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-1-interference-myth-fcc-hasnt-caught-yet

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio,… Continue reading

new-york-medias-metrofocus-talks-with-chris-about-city-wi-fi
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2014

New York Media’s MetroFocus Talks With Chris About City Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-medias-metrofocus-talks-chris-about-city-wi-fi

In an effort to bring better connectivity to New Yorkers, the City is transforming old pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots. Rick Karr, reporter for MetroFocus from New York Public Media, reached out to ILSR’s Chris Mitchell to discuss the project. Chris and Karr discuss the challenges faced by lower income people in our digital… Continue reading

municipal-networks-and-the-future-of-wi-fi-hotspots
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2014

Municipal Networks and the Future of Wi-Fi Hotspots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/municipal-networks-and-future-wi-fi-hotspots

This is a guest post from Jacob Levin – an advocate for a new economy that regenerates people, place and planet. Growing up as the son of an FCC official, dinner conversations often drifted towards tales of how incumbent ISPs were unfairly leveraging their political and economic power to reduce competition. He’s done policy research… Continue reading