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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Broadband Boosted at the Ballot, An Election Wrap-Up – Episode 5 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/broadband-boosted-at-the-ballot-episode-5-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode five of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast click here.

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Lisa Gonzalez, Senior Researcher for the Community Broadband Networks initiative about the recent election and what it means for municipal broadband networks across the nation. In this podcast, Gonzalez delves into the election results coming out of Colorado regarding the two dozen communities who voted to reclaim their broadband connectivity future. 26 additional Colorado cities and counties opted out of a restrictive, cable monopoly-supported state law, passed in 2005, that prevents these entities from providing service or partnering with the private sector.

Chris and Lisa also discuss the general election results that brought Donald Trump to the presidency, specifically noting the impact that his ascension brings to local communities’ ability to provide Internet connectivity to their residents. The two also discuss the implications of a Trump presidency on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s mission of working across partisan lines in local communities.

“A lot of this has to do with just the fact that they want to have that control,” says Gonzalez of the Colorado communities who voted to be able to control their own broadband future. “They want to be the one to make the decisions for themselves.”

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Here’s a map of the communities who have voted to reclaim their local authority:

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For more information on the issues that Lisa and Chris discussed, read her piece on the Colorado vote: Colorado Voters Choose Local Control in 26 Communities. You can follow the work of our Community Broadband initiative more closely by following MuniNetworks.org. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2016

Colorado Voters Choose Local Control In 26 Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-voters-choose-local-control-in-26-communities/

We didn’t need a crystal ball, magic potion, or ESP to predict that local Colorado voters would enthusiastically reclaim telecommunications authority yesterday. Twenty-six more local governments put the issue on the ballot and citizens fervently replied, “YES! YES, WE DO!” Colorado local communities that want to take action to improve their local connectivity are hogtied… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2016

Report: North Carolina Connectivity – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-north-carolina-connectivity-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

North Carolina’s digital divide between urban and rural communities is increasing dangerously in a time when high quality Internet access is more important than ever. Rural and urban areas of North Carolina are essentially living in different realities, based on the tides of private network investment where rural communities are severely disadvantaged. The state has… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2016

Google Fiber Pauses – But No One Else Should

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fiber-pauses-but-no-one-else-should/

Google Fiber has finally announced its plans for the future after weeks of dramatic speculation that it will lay off half its workforce and give up on fiber-optics entirely. Google has now confirmed our expectations: they are pausing new Google Fiber cities, continuing to expand within those where they have a presence, and focusing on… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2016

Mediacom Lawyers Slow Internet Competition With Court Time, Resources

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mediacom-lawyers-slow-internet-competition-with-court-time-resources/

When big corporate incumbent providers fear a hint of competition from a new entrant, they pull out all the stops to quash any potential threat. One of the first lines of offense involves the courts. Iowa City now leases its fiber to Cedar Rapids based ImOn and to stop it, Mediacom is reprocessing an old… Continue reading