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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2016

Stark County, Ohio’s Fourth Utility: Feasibility Study Complete

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stark-county-ohios-fourth-utility-feasibility-study-complete/

Interested in learning more about the status of municipal broadband networks around the country? Follow our in-depth coverage at MuniNetworks.org, the home for our Community Broadband Networks initiative. We publish there twice daily. The results of a study are in and its authors recommend Stark County invest in a regional middle mile fiber-optic network, establish… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016

Mediacom Lawyers Slow Internet Competition With Court Time, Resources

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mediacom-lawyers-slow-internet-competition-with-court-time-resources/

When big corporate incumbent providers fear a hint of competition from a new entrant, they pull out all the stops to quash any potential threat. One of the first lines of offense involves the courts. Iowa City now leases its fiber to Cedar Rapids based ImOn and to stop it, Mediacom is reprocessing an old… Continue reading

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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