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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2016

Trust In Government: Strongest Close To Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/trust-in-government-strongest-close-to-home/
We have recently covered state laws preempting local control, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee. State governments are supposed to be “laboratories of democracy” and municipalities are sub-parts of the state. Preemption is ostensibly to prevent problems, but instead these state laws limit local governments’ solutions for ensuring better connectivity.

At the same time, people trust their local government, more than their state government, to handle problems. That’s the latest finding from Gallup’s most recent Governance Poll, and that makes sense for all of us following community networks.

It’s no surprise that trust starts with local community leaders. We have spoken to a number of public officials that acknowledge that when you know your elected official – perhaps live down the street from them or run into them at the grocery store – it’s much easier to know that they share your hopes for the community.

Polls, Trends, and Republicans

Gallup’s September 7th-11th Governance Poll found that 71 percent trust their local government to handle problems, but only 62 percent say the same about their state government. This continues a fifteen-year trend of people putting their faith in local government more than in state government.

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Seventy-five percent of Republicans stated that they have a “great deal/fair amount” of trust in local government. (Compare to only 71 percent of Independents and 66 percent of Democrats.)  This corresponds with what we found in January 2015 while analyzing our data. Most citywide, residential, municipal networks are built in conservative cities. They trust local governments to solve connectivity problems when the big providers can’t or won’t deliver.

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Image of the graph on trust in local and state governments from Gallup

This article is a part of MuniNetworks. The original piece can be found here

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

Wilson, North Carolina Forced to Turn Off Service to Rural Pinetops

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-forced-to-turn-off-service-to-pinetops/

Last night, Wilson’s City Council voted to halt Greenlight Internet service to the community of Pinetops, North Carolina. City leaders, faced with the unfortunate reversal of the FCC’s preemption of harmful state anti-muni laws, felt the move was necessary to protect the utility. Service will stop at the end of October. No Other Solution Before… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2016

Major Media Outlets Cover 6th Circuit Decision Limiting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/major-media-outlets-cover-6th-circuit-decision-limiting-local-authority/

Various Sources, August 10-11, 2016 A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks. In February, ILSR and… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-increases-speeds-keeps-low-prices/

This post was written by ILSR intern, Alex Dangel. On July 4th, Sandy, Oregon’s municipal fiber-optic network, SandyNet, permanently increased the speed of its entry-level Internet package from 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 300 Mbps at no additional cost to subscribers. The city announced the speed boost for its $39.95 per month tier in a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2016

For Rural Pinetops, Being A Gigabit Community Means Business In North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/for-rural-pinetops-being-a-gigabit-community-means-business-in-north-carolina/

Unless you live in a rural community, you probably assume becoming a Gigabit community is all about the miracles of speed. Speed is important, but so is Internet choice, reliable service, and respectful customer service. It’s also about being excited as you consider future economic opportunities for your rural town. Businesses Struggling With Old Services… Continue reading