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 respectively, with their legislation to cut off the FCC at the knees. [A PDF of the … 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 discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by Steven … Read More

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

Date: 30 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological advances make the original benchmarks increasingly obsolete. But some Minnesota communities are significantly exceeding those goals. … Read More

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Date: 10 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC – represents … Read More

Breaking Down Barriers to Community Broadband—Free Webinar June 12

Date: 2 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Join Community Broadband Networks director Chris Mitchell for “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access” on Thursday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm to learn from other communities about strategies to creating a successful community broadband network. Click to Register   Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local … Read More

Chris Mitchell to Speak at “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options”

Date: 21 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will host “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options” from 9:30-11:30 am on May 28th. Chris will be participating in the discussion; if you can’t make it to DC, the event will be live-streamed. The conversation will focus on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies to … Read More

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

Date: 4 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in the U.S. While Chris was there, he also spoke one-on-one with Anders Broberg, one of the … Read More

Self-Reliance Podcast Episode 1: Local Self-Reliance in the Modern Economy

Date: 30 Jan 2014 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What is the role of local self-reliance in the modern economy? As world travel, global commerce, and communications across the oceans bring us closer together, the role of localism changes. In our inaugural podcast episode, we bring together three ILSR veterans to look at the issue. Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons initiative at … Read More

Chris Mitchell Talks About Work at ILSR in Latest Podcast

Date: 27 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our listening audience hears Chris Mitchell interview people every week for the Broadband Bits Podcast. Now it is time for the interviewer to become the interviewee. Chris took a few minutes to participate in the June 2013 episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On Podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He told us a little about how … Read More

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