Connectivity Purgatory: Frontier Communications Delays Local Provider’s Fast Network

Date: 1 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It took an extra year for a community in Minnesota to finally see high-quality Internet service. Balaton spent an extra year in connectivity purgatory while Frontier delayed a much-needed project. To learn more, we connected with the Balaton and Marshall Economic Development Director Tara Onken and Woodstock Communications Vice President and General Manager Terry Nelson.… Read More

Mapping Colorado’s Internet Service Options

Date: 7 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We investigated Internet access in Colorado using the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Form 477 data. Many of the most rural areas of the state do not have any form of Internet access other than satellite or fixed wireless services. For our analysis, we exclusively looked into wireline Internet service because it is less weather-dependent than satellite or fixed wireless. We added county subdivisions onto our map to help readers differentiate between more urban and predominantly rural areas.… Read More

When You Can’t Trust the Data, Flaws in the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Forms

Date: 2 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we analyze data and explore public policies to empower local communities. Our initiative staff work on varied issues from composting to broadband, but all these issues affect our daily lives and our communities. In the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, we often analyze high-speed Internet service availability using the best data that is publicly available. Some of this data, however, is inaccurate, outdated, and misconstrued.… Read More

Detailing the Urban-Rural Digital Divide in Georgia

Date: 24 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we create maps analyzing publicly available data to show disparities in access and highlight possible solutions. We’ve recently taken an in-depth look at Georgia and want to share our findings with two revealing maps. According to the FCC’s 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, 29.1 percent of the state’s rural population lacks broadband access, but only 3 percent of the urban population shares the same problem. Cooperatives and small municipal networks are making a difference in several of these rural communities.… Read More

Screening Guide: Learn About Municipal Networks, Connect With Neighbors, Share This Film in Your Community

Date: 12 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Generate conversation about broadband access in your community with a screening of the short film, “Do Not Pass Go.” We have created a helpful guide on how to host a screening of the film in your community. Spend some time connecting with others who share your questions about local options and want to learn more. Documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback traveled to Pinetops, North Carolina, to experience firsthand the battle between municipal networks and private providers. Pinetops is a rural small town that receives high-speed Internet service from the nearby City of Wilson, North Carolina. The large ISPs have tried to put a stop to this with a state law, and all the red tape might kill the small town.… Read More

Connectivity in Indigenous Communities, New Report Available

Date: 6 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In November 2017, about 200 people attended the first Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The summit brought together activists, network administrators, researchers, and many more to consider the successes and challenges in improving Internet access in indigenous communities. The Internet Society has released the Indigenous Connectivity Summit Community Report outlining next steps on leaving the summit.… Read More

This Southern California Cooperative Builds Grassroots Power for Internet Access

Date: 22 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural Californians have similar problems as many in rural America, a lack of high-quality, affordable Internet access. The story of the Anza Electric Cooperative in rural southern California details how they are expanding and meeting the needs of its 4,000 rural members.… Read More

Mapping Broadband Competition In Idaho

Date: 12 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Broadband competition in Idaho, like many other states, is highly stratified and unequally distributed. Our latest mapping project details the actual level of broadband competition in the Gem State and details where Idaho’s population actually has access to high-quality Internet and where it firmly doesn’t, all while using the Federal Communications Commission’s shoddy data.… Read More

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