Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 24

Date: 27 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this week’s community broadband media roundup, we have more reverberations from Next Century Cities, a forward-thinking coalition of cities that promises real progress in establishing or restoring local authority for broadband networks. For the inside scoop on the launch, we suggest taking a look at Ann L. Kim’s Friday Q&A with Deb Socia, the executive … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 10

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If the 3 million public comments, the backing of the FCC Chairman, and the support of big tech companies all over the United States wasn’t enough, this week we heard more positive rumblings about Network Neutrality, this time from President Obama. “My appointee, [FCC Chairman] Tom Wheeler, knows my position. I can’t now, that he’s there, … Read More

Next Century Cities Launch Webcast on October 20

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

Municipalities are increasingly realizing they need to take steps to ensure fast, affordable, reliable Internet access for local citizens. Some are doing the work themselves with publicly owned projects while others seek public-private partnerships. In order to capitalize on collaboration, a group of city leaders are now forming Next Century Cities. On October 20, 2014, they … Read More

Christopher Libertelli From Netflix Joins CLIC Board

Date: 6 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) has announced that Christopher Libertelli of Netflix has joined the Board of Advisors. Libertelli joins a group of policy leaders, including ILSR’s Chris Mitchell, to advance the rights of local communities to have authority over their own broadband decisions. From the CLIC announcement: Mr. Libertelli has been Vice President … 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

Local Tennessee Communities Rally Behind EPB

Date: 18 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the FCC contemplates the fate of the Chattanooga EPB’s ability to expand to surrounding communities, some of those Tennessee communities are publicly announcing their support. The Town of Kimball and Marion County, both part of the Chattanooga metro area, have passed resolutions asking state legislators to reconsider Tennessee’s anti-muni law. The Times Free Press reports … Read More

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

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

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide detailed … Read More

The Guardian Visits Chattanooga

Date: 13 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Guardian recently ran an article covering Chattanooga EPB’s fiber network. The article tells the story of the birth of the network, the challenges the community faced to get its gigabit service, and how the network has sculpted the community. Reporter Dominic Rushe, mentioned how the city has faced legal opposition from incumbents that sued to … Read More

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

Date: 9 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what it … Read More

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