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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

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Trump’s FCC Pick Bodes Poorly for Net Neutrality & Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/trumps-fcc-pick-bodes-poorly-for-net-neutrality-broadband-competition/

Donald Trump picked his FCC chairman much earlier than anyone expected, though Ajit Pai is not a very big surprise. Formerly a lawyer for Verizon, Pai has been a constant voice in favor of large incumbent cable and telephone positions, especially opposing the Open Internet Order, known more commonly as network neutrality. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband – Episode 10 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/preemption-episode-10-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler To Depart Jan. 20, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fcc-chairman-tom-wheeler-to-depart-jan-20-2017/

Chairman Tom Wheeler will be stepping down as FCC Chairman as of January 20, 2017; the day President Obama leaves office. The decision is not surprising, as FCC chairmen typically leave their position when a new administration takes the helm, but Wheeler had not yet made it official. His departure emphasizes the apprehensive uncertainty that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2016

Wilson’s Greenlight Provides Affordable Internet Access To Public Housing Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilsons-greenlight-provides-affordable-internet-access-to-public-housing-residents/

This post was written by Kate Svitavsky, an intern for the Community Broadband Networks initiative. Super-fast, reliable, and affordable Internet access is coming to residents living in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Greenlight, Wilson’s municipal network, recently began providing 40 Megabits per second (Mbps) for $10 per month to public housing residents — about… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Broadband Boosted at the Ballot, An Election Wrap-Up – Episode 5 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/broadband-boosted-at-the-ballot-episode-5-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Lisa Gonzalez, Senior Researcher for the Community Broadband Networks initiative about the recent election and what it means for municipal broadband networks across the nation. In this podcast, Gonzalez delves into the election results coming out of Colorado regarding the two dozen communities who voted to reclaim their broadband connectivity future. 26 additional Colorado cities and counties opted out of a restrictive, cable monopoly-supported state law, passed in 2005, that prevents these entities from providing service or partnering with the private sector. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Missoula Schools Set To Save With Self-Provisioning for Fiber Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missoula-schools-set-to-save-with-self-provisioning-for-fiber-infrastructure/

The Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) plans to save $150,000 per year by investing in its own fiber infrastructure. Over a 20-year period school officials expect to save approximately $3 million. Fiber For Education And Savings MCPS will be the first in the state to self-provision its wide area network (WAN), the connections between district… Continue reading