The DIGITAL Reservations Act: A Practical Answer to Tribal Connectivity Today

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the DIGITAL Reservations Act, a bill which ends the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) practice of selling wireless spectrum rights on the lands of Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and grants ownership, management, and governance of all spectrum to those groups in perpetuity.… Read More

Google Fiber Comes to Iowa, Drawn by Community Broadband Infrastructure

Date: 17 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of West Des Moines, Iowa, announced an innovative public-private partnership with Google Fiber to bring gigabit Internet to all 67,000 of its citizens. The city will build conduit connecting every home and business, available for use by different providers. Google Fiber will be the first, laying and maintaining its own fiber once the city’s construction is complete.… Read More

Maine Asks Voters About New Funding for Internet Infrastructure

Date: 16 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In less than a month Maine will hold a Special Referendum election which includes a measure with significant ramifications for Internet access in the state. On July 14, Mainers will be asked to vote Yes or No on Question 1, a $15 million Internet Infrastructure Bond Issue designed to bring high-speed service to the approximately 85,000 households in unserved or underserved areas. The $15 million in general obligation bonds would join $30 million in matching federal, private, and local funds and go to ConnectME to provide funding for broadband projects with an emphasis on unserved or underserved areas.… Read More

Colorado’s Anti-Community Broadband Law: A Decade and a Half Later

Date: 16 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s been 15 years since Colorado passed SB 152, the state law intended to restrict communities from building and managing their own broadband networks In this episode Christopher talks to Ken Fellman and Geoff Wilson. They describe how monopoly Internet providers used legislative allies to introduce the anti-local authority bill aimed at protecting their profits.… Read More

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