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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 Jul 18, 2017

RS Fiber Upgrades: Gigabit Speeds With No Price Increase

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rs-fiber-upgrades-gigabit-speeds-with-no-price-increase/

As if bringing high-quality connectivity to rural central Minnesota wasn’t enough, RS Fiber Cooperative has recently established the “Cornerstone Member” program. Now that gigabit connectivity is available, existing residential customers can upgrade from 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) with no price increase. As long as they continue service uninterrupted through 2017, they offer stands. General Manager… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2017

WAMU’s 1A Show Covers Rural Connectivity With Christopher

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wamus-1a-show-covers-rural-connectivity-with-christopher/

WAMU’s 1A Podcast – July 12, 2017 For an in-depth discussion about connectivity in rural America, Public Rado WAMU called our own Christopher Mitchell who joined host Joshua Johnson on the 1A show. The conversation covered a variety of topics from technical points to policy. If you missed it, you can listen now and get caught… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

“Muni Fiber Models” Community Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muni-fiber-models-community-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

When local communities look for ways to improve connectivity, they may consider investing in a municipal fiber optic network. As they begin to review possible options, local officials, their staff, and community groups will realize that there are a number of potential models. We’ve put together the Muni Fiber Models fact sheet that takes a brief look at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

Day Of Action To Save Network Neutrality: Submit Your Comments To FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/day-of-action-to-save-network-neutrality-submit-your-comments-to-fcc/

During the Obama administration, the FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler made bold steps to protect innovation and competition on the Internet by passing network neutrality rules. With new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, network neutrality is in danger. In order to prevent the backward slide – or worse – we all need to comment to the FCC and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2017

Frontier Is A No-Show: Rural Wisconsinites Looking For Promised Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/frontier-is-a-no-show-rural-wisconsinites-looking-for-promised-connectivity/

It’s been about two years since the people of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, learned that Frontier Communications received federal funding to expand Internet access in their region. Now, they’re wondering why Frontier has still not started construction of promised infrastructure. A Long Road To Nowhere The community has been seeking ways to improve local connectivity for years…. Continue reading

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

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/two-maine-communities-joining-forces-for-dark-fiber-internet-access/

The communities of Calais and Baileyville in Maine are joining forces and investing in fiber optic infrastructure. Recently, the city councils in both communities along with the local economic development corporation decided to construct a publicly owned dark fiber network. They’ve also chosen a local firm to construct it. Dark Fiber The idea for the project started in 2015 when the Downeast… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

Video To Share: Rural America, Broadband Help is Not on the Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-to-share-rural-america-broadband-help-is-not-on-the-way/

If you live in rural America, chances are you know what it’s like to have inadequate Internet access. If you’ve heard about the Connect America Fund, however, you probably think help is on the way and your problems will soon be over; you’ll get the kind of speeds available in large cities, right? Wrong. Our short… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2017

Pinetops Will Stay Connected to Broadband In North Carolina, For Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pinetops-will-stay-connected-to-broadband-in-north-carolina-for-now/

It’s been a long road for Pinetops, North Carolina, as they’ve sought better connectivity in their rural community. After dramatic ups and downs, the community seems to have finally found a tepid resolution. Greenlight can, for now, continue to serve Pinetops. With Conditions On June 28th, the General Assembly passed HB 396, which allows Wilson’s municipal network,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2017

One Touch Make Ready: Model Language In Three Cities And Counting…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/one-touch-make-ready-model-language-in-three-cities-and-counting/

One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) policies are recognized as a way to cut down on the expense and the time it takes to deploy fiber optic networks. At least three sizable urban communities have adopted OTMR practices to streamline fiber optic construction and ensure consistent standards. For other communities looking at ways to encourage brisk fiber… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2017

Fiber-to-the-Home Funding On Summer Ballot In Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-to-the-home-funding-on-summer-ballot-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In August, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, will decide whether or not they want to approve a plan to invest in publicly owned fiber optic Internet infrastructure. It’s All In The Mills Voters are being asked to approve a millage increase of 2.9 over a 20-year period. In other words, property taxes will increase approximately… Continue reading