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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2017

Voters Say “Yes!” to Fiber-to-the-Home in Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/voters-say-yes-to-fiber-to-the-home-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In a record high turnout for a non-general election, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters (622 votes) choosing yes and 34 percent (321 votes) voting no.

 

Geographically Close, Technologically Distant

The community is located only 20 minutes away from Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan and the sixth largest city in the state, but many of the Township’s residents must rely on satellite for Internet access. Residents and business owners complain about slow service, data caps, and the fact that they must pay high rates for inadequate Internet service. Residents avoid software updates from home and typically travel to the library in nearby Chelsea to work in the evening or to complete school homework assignments.

Lyndon Township Supervisor Marc Keezer has reached out to ISPs and asked them to invest in the community, but none consider it a worthwhile investment. Approximately 80 percent of the community has no access to FCC-defined broadband speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload.

“We don’t particularly want to build a network in our township. We would rather it be privatized and be like everybody else,” Keezer said. “But that’s not a reality for us here.”

When local officials unanimously approved feasibility study funding about a year ago, citizens attending the meeting responded to their vote with applause. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2017

Internet Association’s Video Looks At Network Neutrality And What ISPs Are Really Saying

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/internet-associations-video-looks-at-network-neutrality-and-what-isps-are-really-saying/

With the FCC taking another look at the advancements in network neutrality rules passed during the Obama administration, the topic has been on the lips of many segments of the population. Many of us consider a free an open Internet a necessity to foster innovation and investment, but the words from the lips of the big ISPs are changing, depending on whom they’re talking to. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2017

The Broadband Market is Broken: Don’t Fall for Telecom Lobbyist Lies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-broadband-market-is-broken-dont-fall-for-telecom-lobbyist-lies/

We’ve all been lied to, but when we’re lied to by those we rely on, it’s the worst. Right now, we are all subject to a lie about our Internet access. That lie is rooted in the idea that the best way to move forward is to allow the free market to dictate our access… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2017

Orange County And Its Schools Work For Fiber In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/orange-county-and-its-schools-work-for-fiber-in-virginia/

With a growing need for fast, affordable, reliable connectivity, an increasing number of schools are constructing fiber optic infrastructure to serve their facilities. In some cases, they partner with local government and a collaboration eventually leads to better options for an entire community. Schools in Orange County, Virginia, will be working with county government to build a… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Times Editors: Rural Virginia Deserves Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/times-editors-rural-virginia-deserves-better-connectivity/

People who live in rural America have known for a long time that urban areas have better access to Internet services. Recently, however, the issue has become a hot topic of conversation and analysis by policy experts, lawmakers, and the telecommunications industry. In a recent editorial by Virginia’s Roanoke Times, the outlet’s leadership explained why “Third… Continue reading