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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 Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

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

Tennessee Cooperative Expands Across Border into Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-cooperative-expands-across-border-into-kentucky/

A Tennessee communications cooperative will soon bring fiber connectivity to Kentucky’s Warren County. North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC) will offer high-quality Internet access via gigabit (1,000 Megabits per second) connectivity via its North Central Communications, Inc., subsidiary.   Starting With New Construction NCTC will start in a new subdivision and has already installed fiber prior to new… Continue reading

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

Ohio State Lawmakers Look to Minnesota for Broadband Development Ideas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ohio-state-lawmakers-look-to-minnesota-for-broadband-development-ideas/

Two Ohio State Senators are taking a page from Minnesota’s playbook to expand rural broadband connectivity. Democratic Sen. Joe Schiavoni and Republican Sen. Cliff Hite recently announced that they would be introducing legislation to create a grant program modeled after the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.   Putting Money Into It The program is expected to… Continue reading

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

Madison, Wis. Asks for Proposals for Building Citywide Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/madison-wis-asks-for-proposals-for-building-citywide-fiber-network/

Last year, Madison’s CIO Paul Kronberger spoke with Christopher about the city’s pilot project to bring better connectivity to several lower-income areas. They also discussed the community’s separate plan to deploy dark fiber infrastructure across the city. The city recently released its Request for Proposals as they seek a partner for deployment for a Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network. Final… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 5, 2017

Industry Survey Examines Small Telecom Companies & Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/industry-survey-examines-small-telecom-companies-fiber-deployment/

When it comes to rural areas, it’s no secret that national providers have little interest in serving the sparsely populated communities. Cooperatives and small local providers typically pick up the slack but it isn’t easy. In a recent survey indicated that small rural telephone companies are overcoming hurdles to deploy fiber and making long-term plans… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2017

Cleveland Residents File Discrimination Complaint Against AT&T

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cleveland-residents-file-discrimination-complaint-against-att/

Large, corporate providers like AT&T have to make shareholders happy, which is why they shy way from investing in regions where they don’t expect much profit. Routinely, those areas include sparsely populated rural communities and urban neighborhoods traditionally considered low-income. Often low-income neighborhoods also include a high percentage of people of color. Attorney Daryl Parks of… Continue reading

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

Jon Chambers: Rethinking The Rules on The Connect America Fund – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 268

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/jon-chambers-rethinking-the-rules-on-the-connect-america-fund-community-broadband-bits-podcast-268/

This is episode 268 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Jon Chambers, a partner at Conexon, returns to visit us this week to talk about rural connectivity and the approaching Connect America Fund (CAF) auction. Conexon works with… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Court Sides With Louisville: One Touch Make Ready Is A-Ok

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/court-sides-with-louisville-one-touch-make-ready-is-a-ok/

Louisville has overcome a tall hurdle in its efforts to bring better connectivity and more competition to the community through local control. On August 16th the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky supported the city’s one touch make ready (OTMR) ordinance. AT&T challenged the ordinance in court, but their arguments fell flat… Continue reading

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

Connectivity Coming Up Roses Since the 90s in Pasadena, California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/connectivity-coming-up-roses-since-the-90s-in-pasadena-california/

Most people associate Pasadena with the annual Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl football game, but under the flowery surface, fiber is connecting Pasadena’s municipal facilities, businesses, and electric utility substations. Pasadena developed its fiber optic network to improve electric utility efficiency but also with an eye toward the future. When they invested in the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2017

Bring On The Ballots: Two More Colorado Communities Face Opt Out Question

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bring-on-the-ballots-two-more-colorado-communities-face-opt-out-question/

As predicted, more Colorado communities are opting out of the state’s restrictive SB 152 that removed local telecommunications authority in 2005. Two more communities have decided to put the question to voters this fall in order to take the reins and reclaim local control.   Eagle County, Colorado There are about 53,000 people living in Eagle… Continue reading