Understanding the Wilson and Chattanooga FCC Petitions – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 110

Date: 5 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk … Read More

Chattanooga and Wilson Comment Period Open; Tell the FCC You Support Local Authority

Date: 29 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the communities of Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, filed petitions with the FCC. Both communities requested that the agency remove state barriers preventing expansion beyond their current service areas. On July 28, the FCC established a public comment … Read More

Chattanooga Will Ask FCC to Preempt State Barriers in Tennessee

Date: 11 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Since January, when the DC Circuit Court of Appeals suggested the FCC has the authority to preempt state anti-muni laws, local communities have publicly supported the notion. Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) will join those communities when it petitions the … Read More

FCC’s Wheeler Forging Ahead As Support Grows to Restore Local Decision-Making

Date: 12 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a June 10 Official FCC Blog post, Chairman Tom Wheeler’s words show continued resolve to restore local decision-making to communities that want to evaluate their own investments and partnerships. This is the latest in a series of public statements … Read More

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

Date: 17 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. … Read More

Tennessee Legislature Considers Four Pro-Muni Bills

Date: 24 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Even though there are several publicly owned networks in Tennessee, existing state statutes create barriers discouraging investment. This year, there is a movement at the state Capitol that may change the environment. The Jolt Digest and CivSource recently reported that … Read More

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