Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 27

Date: 29 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Morran … Read More

Grover Beach Chooses Local Partner to Improve Local Connectivity for Businesses

Date: 18 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After several years of considering options for a municipal network, the community of Grover Beach, California, is improving local connectivity options through a collaboration with private partner Digital West.  According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the City struck a deal last fall with the local firm that will provide gigabit connectivity to local business customers. … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 9

Date: 12 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Susan Crawford’s latest piece on municipal broadband discussed a real problem that mayors of communities can have a definite impact in helping resolve: the digital divide. Think of that divide, now amplifying and entrenching existing social problems in your city, as similar to a failure to provide a functional street grid. You don’t have to provide retail … Read More

Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

Date: 23 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the only … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 19, 2014

Date: 21 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The media is picking up on Chairman Wheeler’s notice to big telecom: 4Mbps is not going to cut it anymore. Wheeler said speeds closer to 10Mbps should be classified as high speed. A good step, but by the end of this Media Roundup, you’ll be questioning what that paltry 10 Mbps can do for communities… Michael … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 12

Date: 15 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, you might have been tripped up by some infuriating “spinning wheels of death” on the Internet, but don’t worry, the slow-down was largely symbolic— at least for now. Fierce Telecom covered the Internet Slowdown Day protest on Wednesday, organized by “Battle for the Net.” It was designed to bring attention to what will happen if … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 6

Date: 8 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chairman Wheeler chose the 1776 start-up incubator office as the backdrop for his comments Thursday that outline a new agenda for big telecom: Competition, Competition, Competition. IDG News Service Grant Gross reported on the chairman’s comments. “At the low end of throughput … the majority of Americans have a choice of only two providers,” Wheeler said. … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – Week of August 29, 2014

Date: 7 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“When private industry does not answer the call because of market failures or other obstacles, it is appropriate and even commendable, for the people acting through their local governments to improve their lives by investing in their own future.” ~ John McCain, 2005 Wait. What? Brendan Sasso from The National Journal brought up some excellent points … Read More

Center for Public Integrity Covers Big Telecom Attacks on Munis

Date: 4 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Center for Public Integrity recently published an excellent article worth sharing. In “How big telecom smothers city-run broadband,” Allan Holmes describes the money-for-infleunce machine at the state level, connects the dollars, and reveals bedfellows. The article is part of a series investigating the political power of big cable and telecom companies. If you are a … Read More

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