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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2017

Christopher On Marketplace: Munis And Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-on-marketplace-munis-and-network-neutrality/

American Public Media’s Marketplace – December 12, 2017

As the FCC’s vote on whether or not to remove network neutrality draws near, an increasing number of people are beginning to wonder how Internet access will change for them. Journalists have reached out to us to ask about the role of publicly owned Internet networks and the future without federal network neutrality policy protections. Molly Wood from Marketplace Tech interviewed Christopher to ask about the pros and cons of munis, how the FCC vote could affect municipal networks, and how municipal networks may help when or if we face an Internet no longer protected by network neutrality.

Wood asked some general questions about munis and their cost, and Christopher offered some specific examples from information we’ve learned from the communities we study. Now that big ISPs are set to receive the keys to the kingdom, local leaders wonder if they can take steps to avoid the pitfalls of unfettered power.

Christopher told Molly:

The only way that [ending network neutrality] would help cities and people more generally is that it would lead to more cities considering this and cities being more aggressive because the big cable and telephone companies would likely abuse their new power. But the Internet will still be there behind the scenes and cities can build their own apps and get around the barriers that the big cable and telephone companies are producing.

Listen here or at the Marketplace website.

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2017

SoCal City, Manhattan Beach, Considers Building Muni Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/socal-city-manhattan-beach-considers-building-muni-network/

In southern California, the city of Manhattan Beach is considering creating a municipal broadband network to extend quality, affordable broadband to its residents and businesses. Advocating for Quality Internet Talk of the network surfaced from Information Technology director Sanford Taylor’s “Fiber Master Plan.” Beyond providing better broadband, the network would support “Smart City” projects: synchronized street lights,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 9, 2017

Totals Are In: Comcast Spends $900K In Fort Collins Election

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/totals-are-in-comcast-spends-900k-in-fort-collins-election/

A month ago we were following the election in Fort Collins in which Comcast had invested heavily to oppose a measure to allow Fort Collins can pave the way for a future municipal network. Comcast lost their bid to buy the election and their recent campaign report reveals that the bankroll they spent was much more than… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2017

Repealing Net Neutrality Puts 177 Million Americans at Risk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/repealing-net-neutrality-puts-177-million-americans-at-risk/

This Thursday, December 14th, the FCC plans to remove network neutrality protections. Republican Commissioners and Chairman Ajit Pai justify the decision by claiming that the market will naturally protect subscribers from predatory big ISP behavior. Unfortunately, the FCC’s own numbers disprove their theory. We dug into the data that reveals how 177 million Americans will be left without any market protection following net neutrality repeal. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 7, 2017

Monopoly Power and Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-power-and-network-neutrality/

The FCC is scheduled to decide the fate of Internet access on Thursday, Dec 14. Will anyone anywhere in the U.S. be able to pay one basic fee to access information on the Internet from the most popular to the most arcane content providers? If all indications are correct, probably not. ISPs will increasingly decide on… Continue reading