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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2017

The Perils of Privatization – Episode 9 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-perils-of-privatization-episode-9-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative. The two discuss the climate surrounding privatization in our economy and how the incoming Trump administration will bolster these efforts nationwide.

Morris delves deep into the history of public infrastructure including explanations of how our language around the subject has changed over the years, privatization in other countries, and hope for the future. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

How 2017 Will Transform Broadband Opportunities for Local Governments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-2017-will-transform-broadband-opportunities-for-local-governments/

StateScoop – January 10, 2017 Commentary: Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance predicts new connectivity opportunities and an altered broadband landscape as a pro-business Trump administration prepares to disrupt the status quo. This may well be the year of local government broadband solutions. For some communities, it will be because they are prepared… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2017

Why Marsha Blackburn’s Rise Is Bad News for Net Neutrality and Science

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/why-marsha-blackburns-rise-is-bad-news-for-net-neutrality-and-science/

Motherboard Vice – January 10, 2017 by Sam Gustin & Jason Koebler Big Telecom’s best friend in Congress just got a very big promotion. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the arch-conservative Tennessee Republican who has received mountains of campaign cash from the telecom industry, has been chosen by the GOP to lead a key Congressional subcommittee with… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 31, 2016

After millions of investment, jurisdictions try to achieve potential of fiber network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/after-millions-of-investment-jurisdictions-try-to-achieve-potential-of-fiber-network/

Baltimore Sun – December 31, 2016 by Natalie Sherman Three years ago, the state completed one of the nation’s largest public investments in a fiber optic network— installing hundreds of miles of cables that politicians said would secure fire and police communications, spur economic development and lead to faster, cheaper internet. Today, much of that… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 16, 2016

The Hole in the Digital Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-hole-in-the-digital-economy/

MIT Technology Review – December 16, 2016 by David Talbot Most homes in the United States have Internet service, but they don’t in the poor parts of Cleveland and nearby suburbs. A survey in 2012 showed that 58 percent of the area’s households with incomes under $20,000 had neither home broadband nor mobile Internet access,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2016

AT&T, Time Warner Defend Merger to Lawmakers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/att-time-warner-defend-merger-to-lawmakers/

E-Commerce Times – December 10, 2016 by David Jones AT&T and Time Warner executives this week appeared before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to lawmakers’ concerns about their US$84 billion merger. Their testimony came at a time of high public skepticism of institutional power. Rival content and mobile providers applied further… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

Amazon’s Growing Stranglehold – Episode 6 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazons-growing-stranglehold-episode-6-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell (no relation) ILSR Co-Director and Senior Researcher for the Community-Scaled Economies initiative about their latest report: Amazon’s Stranglehold: How the Company’s Tightening Grip is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities. Mitchell details the main points from the recent report including the startling fact that nearly $1 of every $2 spent online are spent on Amazon. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

Media Outlets Cover 2016 Colorado Broadband Ballot Initiatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/media-outlets-cover-2016-colorado-broadband-ballot-initiatives/

Various Sources – November 2 – 19, 2016 On November 8th, 2016, 26 Colorado cities and counties joined 69 of their fellow communities in opting out of the restrictive, anti-municipal broadband state law, SB 152. For years, we at ILSR have been covering the developments in Colorado as voters reclaim local telecommunications authority. The media,… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2016

As Google Fiber scales down its broadband business, San Francisco moves ahead on its own

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/as-google-fiber-scales-down-its-broadband-business-san-francisco-moves-ahead-on-its-own/

The Los Angeles Times – November 18, 2016 by Michael Hiltzik It wasn’t so long ago — three years, to be exact — that communities all over the country were slavering over the prospect of getting fiber-based, blazing-fast broadband Internet service from Google. More than 1,000 communities had fallen all over themselves to meet the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 17, 2016

Broadband Boosted at the Ballot, An Election Wrap-Up – Episode 5 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/broadband-boosted-at-the-ballot-episode-5-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Lisa Gonzalez, Senior Researcher for the Community Broadband Networks initiative about the recent election and what it means for municipal broadband networks across the nation. In this podcast, Gonzalez delves into the election results coming out of Colorado regarding the two dozen communities who voted to reclaim their broadband connectivity future. 26 additional Colorado cities and counties opted out of a restrictive, cable monopoly-supported state law, passed in 2005, that prevents these entities from providing service or partnering with the private sector. Continue reading