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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 Nov 10, 2017

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lighting-fiber-opportunity-in-roanoke-valley-virginia/

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good… Continue reading

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

Local Authority Wins Across Colorado; Comcast Loses In Fort Collins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-authority-wins-across-colorado-comcast-loses-in-fort-collins/

Voters in 18 19 Colorado communities chose local telecommunications authority with an average rate of 83 percent. In Fort Collins, voters weren’t swayed by rivers of cash Comcast threw at them in the final month leading up to a ballot issue to pave the way for local fiber optic Internet infrastructure. By a comfortable margin, ballot measure 2B passed, allowing the… Continue reading

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

Mount Washington, Mass. Lights Its Fiber Network at Last

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-mass-lights-its-fiber-network-at-last/

After a long and arduous process, the folks in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, were finally able to light up their publicly owned fiber optic network last week. According to resident and Select Board Chair Eleanor Tillinghast, “We are thrilled. We’re going to be the envy of everyone.” It’s Finally Here As we reported last month, the community was eagerly anticipating… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcasts-election-investment-policy-brief-on-seattle-fort-collins-broadband-ballots/

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading

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

ILSR Submits Multiple Federal Communications Commission Comments Supporting Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-submits-multiple-federal-communications-commission-comments-supporting-local-internet-choice/

This fall, we’ve submitted multiple comments to the Federal Communications Commission supporting local Internet choice and remaining critical of concentrated power in the hands of large telecom companies. Continue reading

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

Big Money & Lies: Incumbent Cable Monopolies Try To Confuse Fort Collins, Colo. Voters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/big-money-lies-incumbent-cable-monopolies-try-to-confuse-fort-collins-colo-voters/

With their back against the wall, Comcast is pulling out it’s well manicured, sharp claws in Fort Collins, Colorado. Voters will be asked to approve measure 2B on November 7th, which would allow the city to take steps toward establishing their own municipal telecommunications utility. In order to preserve the lack of competition, incumbent Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2017

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/kentuckywired-partners-poles-and-problems-plague-broadband-project/

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project. Continue reading

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

Anti-Municipal Broadband Bill In Michigan Pulls No Punches

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-municipal-broadband-bill-in-michigan-pulls-no-punches/

Torpedo legislation aimed at municipal network initiatives don’t usually appear in October, but Michigan’s year-round legislature is making 2017 atypical. Last week, Freshman Representative Michele Hoitenga from the rural village of Manton in Wexford County introduced a bill banning investment in municipal networks. HB 5099 is short; it decrees that local communities cannot use federal, state,… Continue reading

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

Couldn’t Make It To Ammon, Idaho? Christopher Mitchell’s Presentation Featured in Videos

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/couldnt-make-it-to-ammon-idaho-christopher-mitchells-presentation-featured-in-videos/

You may not have been able to get to Ammon, Idaho, to attend the official lighting ceremony of the community’s open access fiber network. Perhaps you weren’t able to watch the stream to the event either; life is demanding and sometimes we just can’t fit everything into our day. But you can still watch the event at… Continue reading

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

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-for-key-industrial-areas-coming-to-somerset-county-pennsylvania/

Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity… Continue reading