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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, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 24, 2017

Report: Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-correcting-community-fiber-fallacies/

Usually, we ignore the misinformation released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) but their latest efforts are so shady, we felt it was our responsibility to shine a light on its lack of validity and the organization’s credibility. Our report, Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Taxpayers Protection Alliance Edition, takes a deeper look at the TAP’s most recent… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2017

Traverse City, Michigan Picks A Path To Bring Fiber To Its Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/traverse-city-michigan-picks-a-path-to-bring-fiber-to-its-residents/

After long deliberation, utility board members in Traverse City have taken a firm step toward Internet infrastructure in order to improve connectivity in Michigan’s “Cherry Capital of the World.” The board of Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) voted unanimously to adjust their six-year capital improvement plan to include the cost of a citywide fiber… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2017

Infographic: The Threat of Super-Preemption to US Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/infographic-the-threat-of-super-preemption-to-us-cities/

Preemption at the state and federal level threatens local telecommunications authority, as we’ve seen in about 20 states. When state laws usurp local governments’ ability to decide how they improve poor connectivity, they disregard an understanding of local affairs that is unique to each community. Some states are threatening to take preemption another damaging step… Continue reading

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

Data Collection: New Local Rule Helps Protect Seattle Citizens

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/data-collection-new-local-rule-helps-protect-seattle-citizens/

Seattle is the latest local government taking steps to protect citizens’ data. As of May 24th, companies with franchise agreements allowing them to operate in the city must obtain customer permission to sell personal data or browsing histories. The three companies operating in Seattle are Comcast, CenturyLink and Wave Broadband. Opting In vs. Opting Out… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

Bill To Limit Local Broadband Authority Appears In Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bill-to-limit-local-broadband-authority-appears-in-maine/

Maine is the latest battleground for local telecommunications authority. A bill in the state’s House of Representatives threatens to halt investment in “The Pine Tree State” at a time when local communities are taking steps to improve their own connectivity. “I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means” Rep. Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram)… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2017

Pie for Broadband Monopolies Video From Public Knowledge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pie-for-broadband-monopolies-video-from-public-knowledge/

Public Knowledge recently released a video on changes in the new administration’s FCC policies. One by one, progress made during the last eight years is being sliced up and doled out to the detriment of ISP subscribers. Public Knowledge describes the video like this: This video draws attention to the growing list of giveaways by… Continue reading

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

Utah Fiber Network Expanding To Non-Member Towns, Connecting Rural Utahns

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/utah-fiber-network-expanding-to-non-member-towns-connecting-rural-utahns/

The Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency’s (UTOPIA) regional fiber network serves communities in the north central region of the state. Without the publicly owned network, it’s doubtful the eleven communities served would have access to high-quality Internet access. It’s almost certain they wouldn’t be able to choose between so many providers who operate on UTOPIA’s… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2017

Municipal Broadband Expertise Drives Coverage Of Tennessee Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-expertise-drives-coverage-of-tn-broadband-bill/

Various Outlets – April 11th, 2017 through April 14th, 2017 When state legislators in Tennessee recently passed the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, tech writers quoted our Christopher Mitchell, who pointed out that the proposal has some serious pitfalls. Christopher’s statement appeared in several articles: “Tennessee taxpayers may subsidize AT&T to build DSL service to Chattanooga’s… Continue reading

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

Pew Survey Reveals Overwhelming Support For Municipal Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pew-survey-reveals-overwhelming-support-for-municipal-broadband-networks/

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals that 70 percent of adults, regardless of political leanings, believe local governments should be able to invest in municipal Internet networks. Local Authority Has No Party The survey, conducted March 13 – 27 supports the finding that local authority for telecommunications decisions is a bipartisan notion. On closer… Continue reading

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

Alabama Committee Kills Bill For Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alabama-committee-kills-bill-for-better-connectivity/

When Alabama State Sen. Tom Whatley from Auburn spoke with OANow in late March, he described his bill, SB 228, as a “go-to-war bill.” The bill would have allowed Opelika Power Services (OPS) to expand its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services to his community. On Wednesday, April 5th, his colleagues in the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee… Continue reading