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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

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2016

Christopher Mitchell Interviewed on Daily Tech News Show on 2016 Colorado Broadband Ballot Initiatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-daily-tech-news-show/

Daily Tech News Show – November 10, 2016 In the wake of the Tuesday election, 26 separate Colorado communities voted to reclaim their local authority over broadband networks bringing the grand total of communities that have opted out of the restrictive 2005 law, SB152, to 95. Below you can watch the segment of the show… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2016

Colorado Voters Choose Local Control In 26 Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-voters-choose-local-control-in-26-communities/

We didn’t need a crystal ball, magic potion, or ESP to predict that local Colorado voters would enthusiastically reclaim telecommunications authority yesterday. Twenty-six more local governments put the issue on the ballot and citizens fervently replied, “YES! YES, WE DO!” Colorado local communities that want to take action to improve their local connectivity are hogtied… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2016

Google Fiber Pauses – But No One Else Should

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fiber-pauses-but-no-one-else-should/

Google Fiber has finally announced its plans for the future after weeks of dramatic speculation that it will lay off half its workforce and give up on fiber-optics entirely. Google has now confirmed our expectations: they are pausing new Google Fiber cities, continuing to expand within those where they have a presence, and focusing on… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2016

ILSR Researchers Find 63 Gigabit Deployments by Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-researchers-find-63-gigabit-deployments-by-cooperatives/

Telecompetitor – October 25, 2016 by Joan Engebretson The Institute for Local Self Reliance estimates that there were 63 gigabit deployments by cooperatives in the U.S. as of December 31, 2015. ILSR based its research on Form 477 data that broadband providers submit to the FCC. Using that data, researchers identified about 200 companies advertising… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2016

FCC’s Gigi Sohn Speaks: A New Battleground

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fccs-gigi-sohn-speaks-a-new-battleground/

A few of us from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative recently attended the BBC Community Toolkit Program & Economic Development conference in downtown Minneapolis. On the first day, Gigi Sohn, Special Counselor for External Affairs for Chairman Wheeler at the FCC received the award from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice for the Local Internet… Continue reading