Quick Reflections on Google Fiber

Date: 6 Mar 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I have been a Google Fiber supporter, believing that Google’s investments and policy goals would move the United States forward, away from the monopolies of entrenched incumbents. When others claimed that Google was abandoning fiber, I argued that Google had not yet decided… it was arguing internally about the right path.

But now I think it is pretty clear that Google is done with significant fiber investment, particularly for single family residential homes. I have strong doubts that Google will continue with the Huntsville-type approaches of leasing dark fiber, but I hope that will continue.… Read More

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation (Episode 11)

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.… Read More

Trump’s FCC Pick Bodes Poorly for Net Neutrality & Broadband Competition

Date: 26 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Donald Trump picked his FCC chairman much earlier than anyone expected, though Ajit Pai is not a very big surprise. Formerly a lawyer for Verizon, Pai has been a constant voice in favor of large incumbent cable and telephone positions, especially opposing the Open Internet Order, known more commonly as network neutrality.… Read More

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband (Episode 10)

Date: 26 Jan 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks.… Read More

Google And Netflix Join Fight Against Virginia Municipal Broadband Restrictions

Date: 25 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Google and Netflix joined a handful of advocacy groups and other companies lobbying against a proposed Virginia state law that would make it far more difficult for municipalities to offer Internet service. Jon Brodkin of ArsTechnica cited the press release from our broadband research team in his coverage.… Read More

Analysis: Bills In VA. And MO. Would Double Down On Banning Municipal Broadband

Date: 23 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Legislation proposed in Virginia and Missouri would tighten the noose that restricts local governments from creating broadband options. In Virginia, the bill comes from a state delegate with strong ties to the telecommunications industry and with ALEC, the national advocacy group that wrote similar laws for other states. A Virginia state delegate who has received contributions from six telecommunications corporations has introduced a bill to place further restrictions on municipal broadband,” writes Craig Settles for The Daily Yonder quoting our broadband research in his coverage.… Read More

Local Activism Is the Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality

Date: 17 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Trump’s FCC has vowed to dismantle the open internet. Here’s what normal people can do to save net neutrality and destroy big telecom’s stranglehold on the industry. But first, they’ll need to get past the industry’s chosen Congressperson, Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Motherboard Vice‘s Jason Koebler interviewed our own Christopher Mitchell for his story.… Read More

The Perils of Privatization (Episode 9)

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.… Read More

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