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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 Oct 24, 2017

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/kentuckywired-partners-poles-and-problems-plague-broadband-project/

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2017

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/federal-communications-commission-complaint-reveals-att-is-accused-of-digital-redlining-in-detroit/

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2017

The Public Good: Reports from the Front Lines (September 6, 2017)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-reports-from-the-front-lines-september-6-2017/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Separate and Unequal, Again In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 58 year-old decision upholding the right of states to have segregated school systems. “Separate but equal” it ruled, was inherently unequal.  Sixty-three years later de jure segregation is illegal, but… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2017

Cleveland Residents File Discrimination Complaint Against AT&T

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cleveland-residents-file-discrimination-complaint-against-att/

Large, corporate providers like AT&T have to make shareholders happy, which is why they shy way from investing in regions where they don’t expect much profit. Routinely, those areas include sparsely populated rural communities and urban neighborhoods traditionally considered low-income. Often low-income neighborhoods also include a high percentage of people of color. Attorney Daryl Parks of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Court Sides With Louisville: One Touch Make Ready Is A-Ok

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/court-sides-with-louisville-one-touch-make-ready-is-a-ok/

Louisville has overcome a tall hurdle in its efforts to bring better connectivity and more competition to the community through local control. On August 16th the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky supported the city’s one touch make ready (OTMR) ordinance. AT&T challenged the ordinance in court, but their arguments fell flat… Continue reading

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 Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2017

New Report: AT&T Digital Discrimination in Cleveland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-report-att-digital-discrimination-in-cleveland/

A new report from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community concludes that the telecom giant AT&T has redlined low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland. The company has cherry-picked higher-income neighborhoods for new technology investments and skipped over neighborhoods with high-poverty rates. AT&T’s Digital Redlining, uses publicly available data from the FCC and the American Community Survey to expose how AT&T has… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

Christopher Mitchell Speaks to Politico Live on “The Future of the Wireless World”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-speaks-to-politico-live-on-the-future-of-the-wireless-world/

Politico Live – March 7th, 2017 On March 7th, Christopher participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Politico and Qualcomm as part of an event called “The Future of the Wireless World.” The panel was moderated by Politico Technology Reporter Alex Byers and included the following participants: Steven Crowley, P.E., Consulting Wireless Engineer Mindel De… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2017

Tennessee Broadband Bill Is A Jackpot For AT&T, Junk For EPB

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-broadband-bill-is-a-jackpot-for-att-junk-for-epb/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam doesn’t want the public’s money to pay for publicly owned Internet infrastructure. He has no problem, however, writing a $45 million check backed by taxpayers and payable to the likes of AT&T in Tennessee. “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants” On Wednesday, Haslam introduced the… Continue reading