Municipal Broadband Network Nabs Title of Fastest Provider in the Nation

Date: 25 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Within the top five fastest ISPs, two are municipal networks: #1 NextLight from Longmont, Colorado, and EPB Fiber Optics from Chattanooga. Two others involve publicly owned conduit — #3 Sonic in San Franciscoand #5 Allo, operating in Lincoln, Nebraska.

When local communities have the opportunity to make investments to improve connectivity, they typically know what will work best for them. We’ve documented how each of these communities have improved economic development, improved Internet access for schools and other institutions, cut costs, and improved digital inclusion.… Read More

EPB Fiber Optics Reaffirms Network Neutrality Commitment In Chattanooga

Date: 19 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FCC Chairman Alit Pai and Republican Commissioners earned big lumps of coal for holiday gifts this year when they shredded network neutrality protections on December 14th. They also raised interest in publicly owned Internet network infrastructure. Existing publicly owned networks are … Read More

Addressing UPenn Report on Municipal Broadband: Dud Data, Unsuitable Approach

Date: 1 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For the second week in row, our staff has felt compelled to address a misleading report about municipal networks. In order to correct the errors and incorrect assumptions in yet another anti-muni publication, we’ve worked with Next Century Cities to … Read More

Report: Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies

Date: 24 May 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Usually, we ignore the misinformation released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) but their latest efforts are so shady, we felt it was our responsibility to shine a light on its lack of validity and the organization’s credibility. Our report, Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Taxpayers Protection Alliance Edition, takes a deeper look at the TAP’s most recent attempt, which is filled with errors and a blatant disregard for the truth.… Read More

Major Media Outlets Cover 6th Circuit Decision Limiting Local Authority

Date: 15 Aug 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks.

In February, ILSR and Next Century Cities filed an Amicus Brief in support of the FCC’s position. Here is a selection of media stories which cite ILSR.… Read More

Chattanooga Was a Typical Post-Industrial City. Then It Began Offering Municipal Broadband.

Date: 3 Jun 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In June of 2016, The Nation noticed just how well Chattanooga’s municipal network was doing in the realms of cost, reliability, and accessibility for all of its citizens. In this research, The Nation’s reporters reached out to ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell to get perspective on municipal networks, generally.… Read More

Who Has Citywide Gigabit Internet Access for $100 or Less?

Date: 10 Aug 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where … Read More

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