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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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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2016

Local Internet Authority “A-Number One” Priority For Congress, Says Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-internet-authority-a-number-one-priority-for-congress-says-wheeler/

“A-number one importance.” On September 15th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee gathered to discuss FCC oversight and telecommunications issues. Among those issues, the Committee discussed municipal networks. Senator Cory Booker (D – NJ) asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to provide his thoughts on how important it is that Congress takes action. The matter… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

Wilson, North Carolina Forced to Turn Off Service to Rural Pinetops

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-forced-to-turn-off-service-to-pinetops/

Last night, Wilson’s City Council voted to halt Greenlight Internet service to the community of Pinetops, North Carolina. City leaders, faced with the unfortunate reversal of the FCC’s preemption of harmful state anti-muni laws, felt the move was necessary to protect the utility. Service will stop at the end of October. No Other Solution Before… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2016

Unanimous Dissent Radio On Munis, The FCC Decision, And State Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/unanimous-dissent-radio-on-munis-the-fcc-decision-and-state-barriers/

Unanimous Dissent Radio Show – September 2, 2016 Last week, Christopher was a guest on the Unanimous Dissent Radio Show. Sam Sacks and Sam Knight asked him to share information about the details on state barriers around the country. The guys get into the nitty gritty on state level lobbying and anti-muni legislation. They also… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2016

Local Media Covers The MN “Donut Hole” Phenomenon: Video, Editorial

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/42642-2/

As Minnesota’s Legislature decides on funding for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, local media is calling on state leaders to prioritize local connectivity in the Capitol Chambers. This year, Governor Dayton’s office is recommending allocating $100 million to the program. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2016

Fast, Affordable, Modern Broadband for North Carolina Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clic-nc-modern-broadband-fact-sheet/

In North Carolina, state law effectively prohibits local communities from collaborating with neighbors or partnering to offer gigabit connectivity to residents, businesses, or anchor institutions. As a result, rural communities are unable to keep pace with the 21st century. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice North Carolina chapter (CLIC-NC) and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2015

New Handbook on Next Generation Connectivity From Gig.U

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-handbook-on-next-generation-connectivity-from-gig-u-2/

Gig.U, a collaboration of more than 30 universities across the country has just released The Next Generation Network Connectivity Handbook: A guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth. The handbook, published in association with the Benton Foundation, is available as a PDF online. One of the authors, Blair Levin, has been a guest several… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2015

LD 1185 Advances in Maine With Overwhelming Support

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ld-1185-advances-in-maine-with-overwhelming-support/

On June 5th, the Main House of Representatives voted 143 – 0 in favor of LD 1185, the Maine bill to provide state planning and implementation grants for local municipal networks. Representative Norm Higgins, the sponsor of the bill, contacted us to let us know about the incredible support for the bill. LD 1185 proposes… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2015

ALEC in Savannah: Local News Video Exposes the Corrupt Process of Lawmaking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alec-in-savannah-local-news-video-exposes-the-corrupt-process-of-lawmaking/

We have reported on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past and stories about ALEC sponsored legislative retreats pop up in the news on a regulary basis. Most recently, NBC Channel 11 from Atlanta reported on the shadowy world of big corporate influence in Georgia. None of this will be new to anyone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Public Private Partnerships: A Reality Check

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/public-private-partnerships-a-reality-check/

When Westminster, a community of 18,000 in rural Maryland, found itself with poor Internet access that incumbents refused to improve, it decided to join the ranks of a growing trend: public-private-partnerships between local governments and private companies to invest in next-generation Internet access. They are now working with Ting – one of a growing number of private… Continue reading