Commentary: Local Communities Deserve to Make their Own Choices

Date: 24 Nov 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article was originally published in Port Huron Times-Herald on November 14th, 2017. Recently, a Michigan state lawmaker went viral on the Internet — but for the wrong reasons. Last month, state Rep. Michele Hoitenga filed a bill that would preempt local governments from spending public funds to build community broadband Internet networks. Across the country, high-speed … Read More

An Open Letter to Burlington on Local Ownership & Burlington Telecom

Date: 22 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we have been watching the latest developments with Burlington Telecom from afar but with extreme curiosity. We have watched a wonderful local movement grow to Keep Burlington Telecom Local and that fits entirely with our values. Because of the challenges from BT’s prior mismanagement and court settlement, Burlington’s options are limited. The benefits of … Read More

Lessons From the Nation’s Oldest Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 279

Date: 15 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 279 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Grant County’s Public Utility District was, along with some nearby PUDs, among the very first deployers of Fiber-to-the-Home networks shortly after the turn of the millennium. And … Read More

Lessons Learned: “Not Feasible” Could Reflect Consultant, Not Your Community Network

Date: 3 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

To be fair, “not feasible” could also mean that you are asking the wrong questions. Nothing rules out that the problem lies with both the consultant AND the questions. It’s hard to tell from the outside which of these factors dominates. An Incomplete Path For years, Iowa’s Decorah has been considering a municipal fiber network and local … Read More

Access Appalachia: Internet Access for Rural America

Date: 5 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Check back on MuniNetworks.org’s Resource Page frequently for updates to Internet access in the Appalachian region. This is the central hub for ILSR’s research on Internet access around the Appalachian United States. We have compiled federal statistics on broadband availability and federal subsidies for large Internet Service Providers. We’ve created detailed maps of 150 counties in … Read More

Roosevelt Institute Argues for Better Broadband Policy – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 258

Date: 13 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 258 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly audio show featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. As the telecommunications and broadband market has become more and more consolidated, it has drawn more attention, leading to more attention from people that actually … Read More

New York City Works With Grassroots for Low-Income Access – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 254

Date: 20 May 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 254 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly audio show featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Some time ago, when speaking with Joshua Breitbart, the Senior Advisor for Broadband to the New York City CTO Miguel Gamiño, he mentioned to me … Read More

Quick Reflections on Google Fiber

Date: 6 Mar 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I have been a Google Fiber supporter, believing that Google’s investments and policy goals would move the United States forward, away from the monopolies of entrenched incumbents. When others claimed that Google was abandoning fiber, I argued that Google had not yet decided… it was arguing internally about the right path.

But now I think it is pretty clear that Google is done with significant fiber investment, particularly for single family residential homes. I have strong doubts that Google will continue with the Huntsville-type approaches of leasing dark fiber, but I hope that will continue.… Read More

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