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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2018

Greeley, Colorado Municipal Network Gains Support in Local Letter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greeley-colorado-municipal-network-gains-support-in-local-letter/

Now that they have removed the weight of Colorado’s restrictive SB 152, Greeley is looking forward to future solutions to poor Internet access. In a recent letter to the local Tribune, resident Richard Reilly offered three reasons why Greeley should develop a plan to move toward municipal broadband.

Reilly’s points are:

First and foremost, net neutrality must be at the heart of a municipal broadband. As the big Internet Service Providers start to throttle specific websites that compete or offer tiered packages, Greeley must commit itself to net neutrality. One price for full Internet access. Period.

Secondly, speed needs to be a priority. Comcast and the other ISPs have received billions of dollars to build the infrastructure for gigabit speeds. If Greeley can commit to the infrastructure to offer gigabit speeds, other ISPs will struggle to survive in our city — and good riddance.

Thirdly, customer service is key.

Already On Track

Reilly’s suggestion follows the community’s decision last summer to fund a feasibility study. At the time, they expressed a hope that the study might encourage incumbents to offer better rates and services. In addition to better connectivity for the general public, Greeley’s Family and Recreation Center’s poor Internet access interfered with bookings. When the City Council decided to fund the study, they cited economic development as a key factor in finding ways to improve local connectivity. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Missourian Tells Story of Rural Community Without Business-Quality Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missourian-tells-story-of-rural-community-without-business-quality-broadband/

Directly north of Springfield, Missouri, sits Hermitage, a rural community of less than 500 residents. With only a few more than 200 households in Hermitage, it isn’t surprising that none of the big incumbent providers want to install the infrastructure to offer businesses or residents high-quality connectivity. A recent Missourian article described what it’s like for businesses in… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2018

North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-dakotas-exceptional-fiber-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-288/

This is episode 288 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2018

Pricing Report From Berkman Klein Center: Municipal Broadband Subscribers Get Better Rates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pricing-report-from-berkman-klein-center-municipal-broadband-subscribers-get-better-rates/

New research from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard finds that “publicly owned networks offer the best all around value for the communities that make the investment.” This landmark report dismantles an argument foes of municipal broadband often make — and turns the tables on incumbent monopolies in Internet service. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2018

Longmont Reduces Rate For Residential Gigabit Internet Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmont-reduces-rate-for-residential-gigabit-internet-service/

In the midst of price increase announcements from Comcast and others for 2018, gigabit subscribers in Longmont, Colorado, are enjoying a price decrease from their publicly owned network, NextLight. Happy New Year As of January 1st, standard residential gigabit Internet access rates dropped from $99.95 per month to $69.95 per month. According to Longmont Power and Communications (LPC), about… Continue reading