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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks’ impact on life at the local level. Lisa has worked in politics, education, and as a freelance journalist. In addition to her contributions at ILSR.org, Lisa writes for MuniNetworks.org and produces the Broadband Bits podcast. More

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Legislative and Broadband Relief For Pinetops, North Carolina In Sight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/legislative-and-broadband-relief-for-pinetops-north-carolina-in-sight/

Since August 2016, the small community of Pinetops has been on the verge of losing their best connection to the 21st century – high quality Internet access. The North Carolina Legislature has a chance to change all that this session with legislation that will carve out an exception to restrictive state laws that prevent a… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2017

Shutesbury, Massachusetts to Charter Communications: “No Thanks, Bye.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shutesbury-massachusetts-to-charter-communications-no-thanks-bye/

Even though they don’t have to chip in any local funds, the town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, rejected Charter’s proposal to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network in their community. They don’t consider the proposal a “good long-term solution to bring broadband to our town” and prefer to build a publicly owned fiber-optic network for future-proof technology, provider accountability, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2017

Another Anti-Muni Hack Job: Alabama Mayor Strikes Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/another-anti-muni-hack-job-alabama-mayor-strikes-back/

Mayor Gary Fuller won’t tolerate lies about his city. In a recent Opelika City News release titled, Setting the Record Straight – Response to Yellowhammer article, Mayor Fuller corrected the numerous misleading errors in a piece written by Jordan LaPorta. The Yellowhammer article covered a Taxpayer’s Protection Alliance Foundation (TPA) report, filled with errors and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2017

The Next Trash Bill: Georgia’s HB 336

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-next-trash-bill-georgias-hb-336/

Earlier this legislative session, we followed legislation in Virginia, which would have negatively impacted municipalities’ ability to use their publicly owned infrastructure to improve connectivity. We’re now watching a bill in Missouri that’s been resurrected from legislation that died last year. Another state bill just appeared on our radar in Georgia that interferes with local community authority by prescribing stringent rules on permitting and applications. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Rock Falls, Illinois: The Future Is In Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rock-falls-illinois-the-future-is-in-fiber/

The community of Rock Falls, Illinois, is well on its way to developing a gigabit municipal network to offer better connectivity to residents, businesses, and public facilities. Last week, the City Council adopted an ordinance that allows the city to issue general obligation bonds to fund citywide fiber-optic Internet infrastructure. Following Demand The city’s plan… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

Greeneville, TN: Electric Utility Powers Up School Internet Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greeneville-tn-electric-utility-powers-up-school-internet-connectivity/

Greenville City Schools (GCS), which obtains Internet access via the state’s Education Networks of America (ENA), used to obtain cable connections from big providers that worked with ENA. Comcast and CenturyLink are two of the local providers that lease lines to the schools with ENA as the entity that arranged the connections. Not anymore.

GCS, ENA, and the Greeneville Light & Power System (GLPS) have entered into a new partnership to use GLPS fiber-optic infrastructure to bring Internet access to school facilities. As a result, the school will cut telecommunications costs by approximately $50,000 per year and double their capacity. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2017

Tennessee Bills Worth Watching, Supporting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-bills-worth-watching-supporting/

While Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s “Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Ace” has been in the news, several other Legislators have introduced companion bills earlier this month that deserve attention. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Colorado Bill To Reclaim Local Authority Stalls In Committee, Audio Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-bill-to-reclaim-local-authority-stalls-in-committee-audio-available/

On Monday the Colorado Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee heard SB 42, a bill to repeal the state’s requirement for referendum to reclaim local telecommunications authority. The committee of seven Senators voted 4 – 3 to postpone the bill indefinitely, leaving it in legislative purgatory. We’ve provided the audio above, but we missed the first minute or so of the recording. Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2017

Businesses Can Get A Gigabit Connection in West Plains, Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/businesses-can-get-a-gigabit-connection-in-west-plains-missouri/

The city of West Plains, Missouri, is now offering high-quality fiber connectivity up to 1 Gigabit (1,000 Megabits) per second to local businesses. The community is also exploring the possibility of a pilot project to a limited area of households as the city considers whether or not to also offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH). Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Despite Intense Bipartisan Opposition, Virginia’s Anti-Municipal Broadband HB 2108 Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-intense-bipartisan-opposition-virginias-anti-municipal-broadband-hb-2108-passes/

On February 7th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 72 – 24 to pass HB 2108, otherwise known as “Byron’s Bad Broadband Bill.” The text of the bill was a revised version substituted by Del. Kathy Byron after Governor Terry McAuliffe, local leaders across the state, and constituents very handily let her know that they… Continue reading