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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2017

Alabama Committee Kills Bill For Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alabama-committee-kills-bill-for-better-connectivity/

When Alabama State Sen. Tom Whatley from Auburn spoke with OANow in late March, he described his bill, SB 228, as a “go-to-war bill.” The bill would have allowed Opelika Power Services (OPS) to expand its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services to his community. On Wednesday, April 5th, his colleagues in the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2017

Another Anti-Muni Hack Job: Alabama Mayor Strikes Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/another-anti-muni-hack-job-alabama-mayor-strikes-back/

Mayor Gary Fuller won’t tolerate lies about his city. In a recent Opelika City News release titled, Setting the Record Straight – Response to Yellowhammer article, Mayor Fuller corrected the numerous misleading errors in a piece written by Jordan LaPorta. The Yellowhammer article covered a Taxpayer’s Protection Alliance Foundation (TPA) report, filled with errors and… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2016

Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fibers-dark-fiber-announcement-will-change-how-cities-build-networks/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks This morning, Huntsville, Alabama put a nail in the coffin of telephone and cable monopolies. The city is building a dark fiber network for any ISP to use– and Google Fiber was the first… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 27

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-27/

This article is so good, it was hard not to quote the whole thing. Do yourself a favor and check out the article for yourself– this is exactly why we can’t trust big cable and telephone companies to serve our communities.  New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition by Chris… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 14

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-14/

Whether You’re Red or Blue, You Should Love the FCC’s Internet Plan: This Tea Party guy gets it. Why don’t DC Republicans? by Susan Crawford, BackChannel He said (paraphrasing), “I want my freedom and I can’t stand the idea of government messing with our lives, and that’s why I like the Tea Party. But I… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Opelika Speaks From Experience: Support Local Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opelika-speaks-from-experience-support-local-authority/

Opelika has offered FTTH to residents and businesses for less than six months but already it is singing the praises of local choice. Mayor Gary Fuller is now speaking out in an opinion piece in AL.com, encouraging the FCC to allow Wilson, Chattanooga, and other communities to have the same opportunity as Opelika. Mayor Fuller… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

Huntsville Considers a Network Investment, as Its Businesses Consider Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/huntsville-considers-a-network-investment-as-its-businesses-consider-chattanooga/

We reported back in June on Huntsville, Alabama’s decision to undertake feasibility study to evaluate its options for increasing next generation fiber optic internet access throughout the city. AL.com is now reporting that Huntsville Utilities hopes to hear the results of the study within 90 days, allowing it to decide whether it will take steps to… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2014

Alabama City Exploring Fiber Options for Local Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alabama-city-exploring-fiber-options-for-local-business/

The people of Huntsville recently decided to delve into the possibility of deploying a fiber network. According to AL.com, the City Council approved funding for a feasibility study to look at ways to better use existing fiber assets. Huntsville, with 180,000 people is located in Madison County in the extreme north central region of the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2013

Rates Approved for Opelika Community Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rates-approved-for-opelika-community-fiber-network/

We have followed happenings in Opelika, Alabama, for three years as the community investigated the benefits of a fiber network. They contended with a Charter misinformation campaign and voted yes on a referendum. Construction began in 2012, Opelika Power Services (OPS) tested the network, and recently the Opelika City Council approved proposed rates.  OANow.com now reports that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Franklin County, Alabama, Task Force Investigates Internet Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/franklin-county-alabama-task-force-investigates-internet-options/

In a reminder of just how poor telecommunications can be in this country, Franklin County in rural northwest Alabama has formed a Task Force to investigate how it can get something better than dialup. “The Internet has become an important as having electricity and water,” said Cole, an extension agent in Franklin County. “For our… Continue reading