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In Our View: Grid Disaster in Texas Leads to Open Access Soul Searching

In Our View: Grid Disaster in Texas Leads to Open Access Soul Searching

Christopher Mitchell

March 26, 2021

The disaster in Texas resulting from an electric grid that was deliberately left exposed and likely to fail in rare cold weather events has received a lot of dramatic coverage, as well it should given the loss of life and damage to so many homes and businesses. It also raised some questions regarding competition and designing markets.  READ MORE


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Op-Ed in The American Prospect: Biden Proposes Government Actually Try to Create Broadband Competition

Op-Ed in The American Prospect: Biden Proposes Government Actually Try to Create Broadband Competition

Ry Marcattilio-McCracken

April 26, 2021

Every week we write about the municipalities and the cooperatives that come together to bring high-quality, affordable, locally accountable Internet access to those who need it most. And it seems as if we're at a watershed moment as a nation:  READ MORE


A Virginia Electric Cooperative is Building Broadband for Its Members

A Virginia Electric Cooperative is Building Broadband for Its Members

Sean Gonsalves

April 26, 2021

When he was a colonel in the Virginia Militia, George Washington is said to have visited “Craig’s Camp,” a mountainous frontier outpost in southwest Virginia near the border of what would later become West Virginia. After the Seven Years' War, farmers and tradesmen were dra  READ MORE


Franklin County, Ohio Aims to Address Digital Equity in Urban Areas

Franklin County, Ohio Aims to Address Digital Equity in Urban Areas

Maren Machles

April 22, 2021

Schools offer not only education, but nourishment, a place to form friendships and bonds, and a way to make sure youth are safe. When the pandemic hit, schools had to transition to distance learning and, as a result, many students  READ MORE


Vermont House Backs $150 Million Plan to Expand Internet Access

Vermont House Backs $150 Million Plan to Expand Internet Access

Jericho Casper

April 1, 2021

A bill dedicating $150 million of anticipated federal funding to create a new state broadband office to coordinate and accelerate the expansion of high-speed Internet access throughout Vermont passed the State House of Representatives last week with overwhelming bipartisan support. On  READ MORE


Can We Be Local in a Digital World? — Episode 123 of Building Local Power

Can We Be Local in a Digital World? — Episode 123 of Building Local Power

Jess Del Fiacco

April 1, 2021

On this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Christopher Mitchell, Director of ILSR's Community Broadband initiative, and Christopher Ali, Associate Professor in the department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Their conversation  READ MORE


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