The FCC’s decision to change the definition of broadband continues to make ripples in the muni broadband world. With the speed increased from 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, to 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up, 75% of the country is now classified as having either no service, or no choices for their Internet connection. The change also means more underserved communities may be able to access to grant money to build networks, it also highlights a more realistic view of the importance of Internet speed for economic development:
Shaming Cable Giants, FCC Demands Faster Internet Republicans complain that increasing the definition of "broadband" is meant to justify power grabs, by Brendan Sasso, National Journal.
DSL The New Dialup? by Bernie Arneson, Telecompetitor
Under New Definition, Comcast Claims 56% of All Broadband Users by Karl Bode, DSLReports
Getting up to speed on the Internet: An upcoming change in defining broadband is sparking debate by Julie Sherwood, Webster Post
Muni Regulatory Decisions
FCC on verge of killing state laws that harm municipal broadband: Chairman targets laws in Tennessee and North Carolina. 17 more states to go by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
FCC may kill state restrictions on municipal broadband, force ISP competition by Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech
FCC to vote on overturning two state laws limiting municipal broadband by Grant Gross, PCWorld
Senate renews plan to ban internet taxes forever by Jeff John Roberts, GigaOm
The Source: FCC Proposal Could Ease Cities’ Efforts For Municipal Broadband by Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio
FCC's Plans to Extend Availability of Internet Access for K-12 by Navindra Persaud, Education World
Wireless & Cable Industries fight net neutrality with laughably misleading op-eds and video by Chris Morran, Consumerist:
At what point have consumers ever been “at the center of Internet policy”?
• Did consumers pay politicians millions of dollars to urge regulators to keep broadband classified as nothing more than a content delivery system? No, that was the cable and telecom industries.
• Did consumers sue the FCC — and then invest millions in a four-year legal fight — to gut the 2010 net neutrality rules? No, that was Verizon.
• Did consumers demand that Internet Service Providers be allowed to create “fast lanes” so that Verizon, Time Warner Cable and others could charge a premium to large companies for better service? Nope, wasn’t us. Must have been the mammoth telecom and cable companies that can benefit from it.
So when Powell says that “consumers” should be at the center of Internet policy, he actually means “Verizon and other NCTA members.”
Net Neutrality’s Biggest Deal: Proposed FCC Rule Would Keep Internet Open by Matt Wood and Candace Clement, Flagler Live
More and more editors are coming out in favor of local choice for municipal networks. Here is a rundown of the opinions, editorials, and blog posts in which these networks are featured.
Tying The Fibers Together: Bits, Bandwidth, Georgia, And The FCC by Nathan, Peach Pundit
Our View: Regulating Internet could ease digital divide by Portland Press Herald Editorial Board: Lower costs could ignite educational and economic access for those now disenfranchised.
OUR OPINION: Need for Internet means its status should be utility: The change would allow FCC to manage broadband providers more effectively, by Central Maine Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel Editorial Board
Community Fiber Networks: Bringing Competition and World-Class Infrastructure to American Cities by Mitch Shapiro, Quello Center
Dark fiber should fill residential broadband holes: More existing dark fiber should be provisioned for residential use to thwart incumbent ISP service problems and price increases. by Patrick Nelson, NetworkWorld.
Dozens of municipal networks came forward this week to sign a petition opposing Title II reclassification on the advice of cable lobbyists from the American Cable Association (represents smaller cable companies). Some media picked up on the story, saying that the muni world is fractured and weakened. Matt Hamblen’s article in Computer World does an excellent job of laying out the story.
Muni broadband providers clash over Title II net neutrality reforms by Matt Hamblen, Computer World
43 Muni-Broadband Communities Say They Oppose Title II by Karl Bode, DSL Reports
States and Cities:
There are about as many different ways to bring local choice to communities as there are communities themselves. Because each town or city can learn so much from successful approaches, we like to feature what different cities are doing, and where they are in their path toward fast, reliable, affordable Internet service.
Alabama Expanse Gets Upgraded to a Gig by Jason Myers, Light Reading
Grand Junction to vote on broadband improvement by Lindsey Pallares, KKCONews
Lafayette, La. to join FCC's anti-municipal broadband fight by Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom
Lafayette May Petition FCC For Muni-Broadband Help by Karl Bode, DSLReports
LUS gets another shot at Lafayette school system Internet contract: The school system is now reopening its call for proposals for an Internet provider. by Marsha Sills, The Advocate
Maine’s headline this week was all about a luxury trip paid in full by Time Warner Cable. Pine Tree Watchdog’s Naomi Schalit and Blake Davis first broke the story.
Time Warner Cable's lavish plan to stop city-run Internet in Maine By Eric Gelle, Daily Dot
How an Internet Startup with Registrar Roots Plans to Take On Municipal Broadband by Nicole Henderson, Whir
City council agrees to broadband Internet study by Edie Grossfield, Rochester Post-Bulletin
Cable One increasing rates, shifting focus to broadband by Lauren Walck, Sun Herald
Move over, Google Fiber. Hello, Brooklyn Fiber by Matthew Flamm, Crain’s New York Business
Tech for All: Senator Booker’s Plan to Increase Tech Engagement and Access for People of Color by Charlyn Stanberry, Politic365
FCC could knock down state law, open door for Fibrant’s expansion by David Purtell, Salisbury Post
Wilson had fiber while the rest of N.C. was waiting for its page to load by Billy Ball, IndyWeek
Newspaper: FCC chair supports municipal broadband plan by WNCN Staff
FCC Chair Supports Wilson's Petition: Vote set for Feb. 26 as national precedent looms by Jon Jimison, Wilson Times
City of Fairlawn Issues Request for Proposals for FairlawnGig by Business Wire
Google Fiber or not, Hillsboro to study building a municipal fiber network by Luke Hammill, The Oregonian
Comcast Is Who We Thought They Were
Comcast calls customer an ‘A–hole’ on cable bill by Post Staff, New York Post
A customer was shocked after the cable giant called her husband an “a- -hole” on their cable bill, apparently in retaliation for canceling service. A Spokane, Wash., resident named Lisa Brown said after she called Comcast to cut her bill, her husband’s name was changed from Ricardo Brown to “A- -hole Brown.”