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

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Christopher Mitchell and Christopher Ali, Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. Their conversation focuses around the idea of what it means to be local during a time when more and more pieces of our lives are shifting online. … Read More

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

Date: 26 Mar 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

New City-Owned Network Connects Oregonians to High Quality Internet Access

Date: 10 Mar 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

HiLight — Hillsboro, Oregon’s (pop. 105,000) citywide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network — has officially launched and begun connecting its first subscribers. After five years of consideration and planning, it’s an exciting moment, with hundreds of homes and businesses brought online over the last few months. … Read More

Republican Broadband Agenda Would Preempt Local Authority and Ban Municipal Networks

Date: 25 Feb 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, House Republicans introduced a bill package ostensibly to promote broadband expansion and competition across the country. In reality, the legislation is a wish list of monopoly cable and telephone companies that will protect them from competition and decrease their accountability to the public. It would also ban communities from building their own networks or engaging in public-private partnerships.… Read More

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