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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.

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2018

Pricing Report From Berkman Klein Center: Municipal Broadband Subscribers Get Better Rates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pricing-report-from-berkman-klein-center-municipal-broadband-subscribers-get-better-rates/

New research from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard finds that “publicly owned networks offer the best all around value for the communities that make the investment.” This landmark report dismantles an argument foes of municipal broadband often make — and turns the tables on incumbent monopolies in Internet service. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2018

Longmont Reduces Rate For Residential Gigabit Internet Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmont-reduces-rate-for-residential-gigabit-internet-service/

In the midst of price increase announcements from Comcast and others for 2018, gigabit subscribers in Longmont, Colorado, are enjoying a price decrease from their publicly owned network, NextLight. Happy New Year As of January 1st, standard residential gigabit Internet access rates dropped from $99.95 per month to $69.95 per month. According to Longmont Power and Communications (LPC), about… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 5, 2018

Arlington, Virginia Bridges the Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/arlington-virginia-bridges-the-digital-divide/

People living at the Arlington Mill Residences in Arlington, Virginia, are on track to obtain no-cost high-quality connectivity this fall, likely through the ConnectArlington network. The initiative is an example of how one local community plans to use its publicly owned Internet infrastructure to reduce the digital divide on its home turf. The Homework Gap Within Arlington Mill’s 122… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2018

Oconee County, South Carolina: Achieving Connectivity Goals Beyond AT&T Obstruction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/oconee-county-south-carolina-achieving-connectivity-goals-beyond-att-obstruction/

Most residents and businesses in Oconee County, South Carolina, used dial-up connections when county officials applied for stimulus funding in 2010; there were still people in the county with no Internet access at all. A few had DSL connections, but even county facilities struggled with antiquated infrastructure. After an AT&T attack upended their plan to offer… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2017

Community Of Coulee Dam Acquires Local Fiber For Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-of-coulee-dam-acquires-local-fiber-for-future/

The central Washington community of Coulee Dam took a significant step this month to establishing its own fiber optic network. At a December 27th special city council meeting, they announced that they had purchased one mile of fiber optic cable and equipment from Basin Broadband, LLC, for $34,995. According to The Star, the former owners… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2017

North Carolina Local Media Focuses On Frontier Failures

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-carolina-local-media-focuses-on-frontier-failures/

WLOS News 13 – December 21st, 2017 Local investigative news shows often earn a reputation for digging into scams and rip-offs that pick consumers’ pockets. In a recent WLOS News 13 Investigates segment, Western North Carolina’s ABC affiliate started asking some tough questions about Frontier’s Internet access service in rural parts of the state. A Comedy… Continue reading

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

Net Neutrality Repeal Fact Sheets: By The Numbers Maps And Data

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/net-neutrality-repeal-fact-sheets-by-the-numbers-maps-and-data/

This post was originally published on December 13th, 2017 at MuniNetworks.org. Update 12/22/2017: Original maps generated on December 11th and used for these fact sheets understated the population of Americans forced to obtain services from known network neutrality violators. The problem is even greater than we originally calculated. We’ve update our maps and our fact… Continue reading

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

The Grinch Who Stole Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-grinch-who-stole-network-neutrality/

A holiday poem in the style of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss.   Every American on the Internet liked network neutrality a lot But the FCC’s Grinchy Pai, former lawyer for Verizon, did not!   Pai hated net neutrality! He despised it, he dreaded it! And on December 14th, he and his cronies,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal Threatens Some States More Than Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/net-neutrality-repeal-threatens-some-states-more-than-others/

On December 14th, FCC Chair Ajit Pai and the Republican Commissioners voted to present a huge holiday gift to big ISPs by dismantling network neutrality, despite outcries from the American people. When we examined FCC data to determine how many Americans would be left without market protections from known network neutrality violators, the numbers were discouraging. Now… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

Christopher on TWiET: Net Neutrality, Munis, And Local Movements

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-on-twiet-net-neutrality-munis-and-local-movements/

This Week in Enterprise Tech (TWiET) – December 15th, 2017 It wasn’t long after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republicans on the Commission rescinded network neutrality protections that murmurs began to rise about the future role of municipal networks. Soon, journalists reporting on tech issues began contacting us for comment about the intersection between network neutrality… Continue reading