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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 16, 2017

Traverse City, Michigan Picks A Path To Bring Fiber To Its Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/traverse-city-michigan-picks-a-path-to-bring-fiber-to-its-residents/

After long deliberation, utility board members in Traverse City have taken a firm step toward Internet infrastructure in order to improve connectivity in Michigan’s “Cherry Capital of the World.” The board of Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) voted unanimously to adjust their six-year capital improvement plan to include the cost of a citywide fiber… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2017

Municipal Broadband Expertise Drives Coverage Of Tennessee Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-expertise-drives-coverage-of-tn-broadband-bill/

Various Outlets – April 11th, 2017 through April 14th, 2017 When state legislators in Tennessee recently passed the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, tech writers quoted our Christopher Mitchell, who pointed out that the proposal has some serious pitfalls. Christopher’s statement appeared in several articles: “Tennessee taxpayers may subsidize AT&T to build DSL service to Chattanooga’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Pew Survey Reveals Overwhelming Support For Municipal Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pew-survey-reveals-overwhelming-support-for-municipal-broadband-networks/

A new Pew Research Center survey reveals that 70 percent of adults, regardless of political leanings, believe local governments should be able to invest in municipal Internet networks. Local Authority Has No Party The survey, conducted March 13 – 27 supports the finding that local authority for telecommunications decisions is a bipartisan notion. On closer… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Legislative and Broadband Relief For Pinetops, North Carolina In Sight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/legislative-and-broadband-relief-for-pinetops-north-carolina-in-sight/

Since August 2016, the small community of Pinetops has been on the verge of losing their best connection to the 21st century – high quality Internet access. The North Carolina Legislature has a chance to change all that this session with legislation that will carve out an exception to restrictive state laws that prevent a… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2017

Shutesbury, Massachusetts to Charter Communications: “No Thanks, Bye.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shutesbury-massachusetts-to-charter-communications-no-thanks-bye/

Even though they don’t have to chip in any local funds, the town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, rejected Charter’s proposal to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network in their community. They don’t consider the proposal a “good long-term solution to bring broadband to our town” and prefer to build a publicly owned fiber-optic network for future-proof technology, provider accountability, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2017

The Next Trash Bill: Georgia’s HB 336

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-next-trash-bill-georgias-hb-336/

Earlier this legislative session, we followed legislation in Virginia, which would have negatively impacted municipalities’ ability to use their publicly owned infrastructure to improve connectivity. We’re now watching a bill in Missouri that’s been resurrected from legislation that died last year. Another state bill just appeared on our radar in Georgia that interferes with local community authority by prescribing stringent rules on permitting and applications. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband, Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2017

Arkansas Utility Leads on Energy, Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/arkansas-utility-leads-on-energy-broadband/

This article was co-written with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative research associate, Hannah Trostle, and this piece is cross-posted on MuniNetworks.org. Ouachita Electric Cooperative, nestled deep in south-central Arkansas, is an unlikely innovator in a pair of industries struggling to adapt to shifting market dynamics: electricity and broadband. Despite rising demand for energy efficiency and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Despite Intense Bipartisan Opposition, Virginia’s Anti-Municipal Broadband HB 2108 Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-intense-bipartisan-opposition-virginias-anti-municipal-broadband-hb-2108-passes/

On February 7th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 72 – 24 to pass HB 2108, otherwise known as “Byron’s Bad Broadband Bill.” The text of the bill was a revised version substituted by Del. Kathy Byron after Governor Terry McAuliffe, local leaders across the state, and constituents very handily let her know that they… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Aid Connectivity In Nelson County, VA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-development-block-grants-aid-connectivity-in-nelson-county-va/

This article was written by Community Broadband Networks initiative intern, Kate Svitavsky. Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is typically funded with revenue grants, interdepartmental loans, or through avoided costs at the local level. Part of the planning and infrastructure costs, however, can sometimes be covered by state and federal grants known as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)…. Continue reading

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

“Why Local Solutions?” Internet Access Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/why-local-solutions-internet-access-fact-sheet/

The next time you’re attending a city council meeting, attending a local broadband initiative, or just chatting with neighbors about better local connectivity, take a few copies of our Why Local Solutions? fact sheet. Our new one-pager addresses three main reasons why local telecommunications authority is so important: State and federal government won’t solve the… Continue reading