New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on … Read More

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow.… Read More

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

Date: 19 May 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted … Read More

Network Neutrality Update

Date: 12 May 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FCC is hearing the massive public outcry over its plan that would allow the big cable and telephone companies to create fast and slow lanes on the wires most of us depend on to access the Internet. Chairman Wheeler … Read More

FCC removal of state barriers for broadband: a victory for communities

Date: 30 Apr 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2014 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews 612-808-0689 Rebecca@ilsr.org MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is excited to hear FCC Chairman Wheeler intends to remove barriers to community owned networks. Today at the NCTA conference, Wheeler … Read More

Paid Prioritization Threat Reinforces Value of Community Networks

Date: 24 Apr 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Recent reports out of the FCC say that it will allow ISPs to create and sell “fast lanes” of Internet access to the companies with sufficiently deep pockets to afford them. While some people argue over whether this violates network neutrality principles … Read More

DSL Described as “Obsolete” by the American Enterprise Institute

Date: 16 Apr 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“The vast majority of Europeans still only have DSL service available, which we in the United States consider really almost an obsolete technology now.” – Jeffrey Eisenbach, Director of the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute. … Read More

Bill to Boost Broadband in Minnesota Struggles in Legislature

Date: 3 Apr 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a revealing video about the Internet access problem in rural Minnesota, Annandale City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp describes her town’s struggle with connectivity. The video is the latest in a series on the Minnesota Senate DFL YouTube page intended to … Read More

Minnesota Local Governments Advance Super Fast Internet Networks

Date: 19 Mar 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As in much of rural America, communities in Greater Minnesota struggle with connectivity. Some areas have no choice at all, forced to rely on dial-up or slow DSL. Others have an incumbent cable provider. A few local community leaders in … Read More

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