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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, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2017

Fact Sheet On Municipal Networks In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-municipal-networks-in-virginia/

The latest addition to our list of fact sheets focuses on Virginia: Municipal Networks Deliver Local Benefits. We noticed that municipal networks in the “Mother of States” have spurred economic development, saved taxpayer dollars, and improved local connectivity. A number of local governments in Virginia that have invested in Internet network infrastructure have attracted Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2017

State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-bills-to-block-municipal-networks-start-in-missouri-virginia/

With each new legislative session come the new bills from the incumbents aiming to limit competition. We typically expect at least one and begin looking for them early in January as legislatures begin assembling in state capitols; this year the anti-muni efforts begin in Virginia and Missouri. “Show-Me” Your Bill Missouri’s communities have been the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2017

New Resource: Map, List Of Citywide FTTH Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-resource-map-list-of-citywide-ftth-munis/

It’s no small feat to plan, deploy, and operate a municipal citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network, but communities are doing it. We’ve put together a Citywide Municipal FTTH Networks list and a map, with quick facts at your fingertips. If your community is considering such an investment, this list can offer a starting point on discovering similarly… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler To Depart Jan. 20, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fcc-chairman-tom-wheeler-to-depart-jan-20-2017/

Chairman Tom Wheeler will be stepping down as FCC Chairman as of January 20, 2017; the day President Obama leaves office. The decision is not surprising, as FCC chairmen typically leave their position when a new administration takes the helm, but Wheeler had not yet made it official. His departure emphasizes the apprehensive uncertainty that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2016

Wilson’s Greenlight Provides Affordable Internet Access To Public Housing Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilsons-greenlight-provides-affordable-internet-access-to-public-housing-residents/

This post was written by Kate Svitavsky, an intern for the Community Broadband Networks initiative. Super-fast, reliable, and affordable Internet access is coming to residents living in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Greenlight, Wilson’s municipal network, recently began providing 40 Megabits per second (Mbps) for $10 per month to public housing residents — about… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Missoula Schools Set To Save With Self-Provisioning for Fiber Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missoula-schools-set-to-save-with-self-provisioning-for-fiber-infrastructure/

The Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) plans to save $150,000 per year by investing in its own fiber infrastructure. Over a 20-year period school officials expect to save approximately $3 million. Fiber For Education And Savings MCPS will be the first in the state to self-provision its wide area network (WAN), the connections between district… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2016

Colorado Voters Choose Local Control In 26 Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-voters-choose-local-control-in-26-communities/

We didn’t need a crystal ball, magic potion, or ESP to predict that local Colorado voters would enthusiastically reclaim telecommunications authority yesterday. Twenty-six more local governments put the issue on the ballot and citizens fervently replied, “YES! YES, WE DO!” Colorado local communities that want to take action to improve their local connectivity are hogtied… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2016

Movie Monster Madness At MuniNetworks! Internet Terror Triple Feature!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/movie-monster-madness-at-muninetworks-internet-terror-triple-feature/

Much like the the bone-chilling flicks celebrating eerie entertainment that dwells in the depths of our dark imaginations, monster cable and DSL Internet service providers strike terror in the hearts of subscribers…if they survive. Mesmerizing fees, hair-raising customer service, and shockingly slow connections can drive one to the brink of madness. In celebration of Halloween… Continue reading

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

FCC’s Gigi Sohn Speaks: A New Battleground

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fccs-gigi-sohn-speaks-a-new-battleground/

A few of us from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative recently attended the BBC Community Toolkit Program & Economic Development conference in downtown Minneapolis. On the first day, Gigi Sohn, Special Counselor for External Affairs for Chairman Wheeler at the FCC received the award from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice for the Local Internet… Continue reading