What’s Going on With the Internet? (Episode 57)

Date: 18 Oct 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host, Hibba Meraay, is joined by Chris Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative, for an update on the progress of community broadband networks. They also discuss the Internet in current events including: California passing statewide net neutrality, why Colorado always seems to have a municipal network related ballot initiative, and the buzz around 5G.… Read More

Minnesota’s Broadband Grant Program: Getting the Rules Right

Date: 12 May 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, MN —In its first two years of implementation, the Minnesota Border-to-Border program distributed $30 million to 31 rural Minnesota communities. But the state has not put enough money into the program and needs to put more focus on getting investment … Read More

RS Fiber: Fertile Fields for new Rural Internet Cooperative

Date: 18 Apr 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

21ST CENTURY FARMS REQUIRE 21ST CENTURY CONNECTIVITY. Denied Access by telephone and cable companies, they created a new model. Winthrop, MN — A new trend is emerging in rural communities throughout the United States: Fiber-to-the-Farm. Tired of waiting for real … Read More

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

Date: 9 Nov 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there … Read More

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

Date: 5 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we … Read More

Blackburn and Tillis Introduce Bill Aimed to Undo FCC Decision to Restore Local Authority

Date: 2 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the FCC made history when it chose to restore local telecommunications authority by nullifying state barriers in Tennessee and North Carolina. Waiting in the wings were Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Senator Thom Tillis from Tennessee and North Carolina … Read More

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

Date: 13 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to … Read More

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