Report: Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies

Date: 24 May 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Usually, we ignore the misinformation released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) but their latest efforts are so shady, we felt it was our responsibility to shine a light on its lack of validity and the organization’s credibility. Our report, Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Taxpayers Protection Alliance Edition, takes a deeper look at the TAP’s most recent attempt, which is filled with errors and a blatant disregard for the truth.… Read More

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost (Episode 19)

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. … Read More

Policies That Make Markets Work, Hello Antitrust! (Episode 18)

Date: 27 Apr 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Building Local Power, we are focusing on what makes and breaks markets – market power, monopoly, and antitrust. As we discuss with noted antitrust Silicon Valley lawyer Gary Reback, markets require intelligent intervention to prevent power from … Read More

Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Date: 25 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state ALEC chair introduced HP 1040 (also cross filed as LD 1516) to advantage the big cable and telephone monopolies.… Read More

Tennessee Bills Send Message on Municipal Broadband

Date: 20 Apr 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tennessee has long been a thorn in the side of our broadband policy research team, thanks in large part to a pair of realities. 1) Chattanooga, Tenn. has some of the best connectivity in the world thanks to its municipal broadband network and 2) there’s a restrictive state law that disables municipalities from investing in their connectivity. This piece from Next City details that trend.… Read More

Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions (Episode 17)

Date: 20 Apr 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Building Local Power podcast. In this episode, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Network’s initiative and Nick … Read More

Rural Tennesseans could have gotten free internet but their legislators shut it down

Date: 17 Apr 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Tennessee has long been a thorn in the side of our broadband policy research team, thanks in large part to a pair of realities. 1) Chattanooga, Tenn. has some of the best connectivity in the world thanks to its municipal broadband network and 2) there’s a restrictive state law that disables municipalities from investing in their connectivity. It’s detailed in this piece by ThinkProgress.… Read More

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