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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2016

Seniors, Low-Income, Disabled Communities Pay the Price in St. Paul

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seniors-low-income-disabled-communities-pay-the-price-in-st-paul/

For seniors, low-income residents, and the disabled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a Comcast discount within the city’s franchise agreement is not all it was cracked up to be. The Pioneer Press recently reported that, as eligible subscribers seek the ten percent discount guaranteed by the agreement, they are finding the devil is in the details… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2015

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-community-broadband-networks-drive-nc-economy/

The Roanoke Daily Herald published this op-ed about local government action for broadband networks on September 25, 2015. We were responding to an earlier Op-Ed, available here. Christopher Mitchell wrote the following op-ed. It is stunning any legislator can look at the constituents they serve in rural North Carolina and think, “‘These people don’t need… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2015

AT&T, Comcast, Lies Hurt Homeowners

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/att-comcast-lies-hurt-homeowners-2/

As of this January, the FCC defines broadband as 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, but in some rural areas in the United States, people are still struggling to access DSL speeds of 768 kbps. In a few extreme cases, individuals who rely on the Internet for their jobs and livelihoods have been denied… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2015

Tale of Comcast Woe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tale-of-comcast-woe/

Ideally, working from home allows one to choose the environment where he or she can be most productive. In the case of Seth that was Kitsap County in Washington State. Unfortunately, incompetence on the part of Comcast, CenturyLink, and official broadband maps led Seth down a road of frustration that will ultimately require him to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 27

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-27/

This article is so good, it was hard not to quote the whole thing. Do yourself a favor and check out the article for yourself– this is exactly why we can’t trust big cable and telephone companies to serve our communities.  New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition by Chris… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-20-2/

FCC Outlines Plan To Crush Awful State Protectionist Broadband Laws: from the it’s-about-time dept by Karl Bode, Tech Dirt While net neutrality rules are designed to protect consumers from a lack of last-mile competition, the agency’s moves on municipal broadband are intended to actually strike at the issue of limited competition at the root. As we’ve… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2015

Remembering David Carr, and His Writing on Monopoly Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/remembering-david-carr-and-his-writing-on-monopoly-power/

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of ILSR and Director of the Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, took a few moments to look back over the work of David Carr. Carr’s work included investigating monopolies in the telecommunications space. Stacy’s story, re-posted here, originally ran on ILSR.org. What will we do without David Carr, the brilliant media columnist at the New… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-20/

Next week the FCC will make a landmark decision that will affect the future of community networks. Here’s a roundup of stories. Hate Your Internet Service Provider? You Should Have Feb. 26 Circled on Your Calendar by Daniel B. Kline, Motley Fool The state of city-run Internet by Allan Holmes, Center for Public Integrity The Center… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Remembering David Carr, and His Writing on Monopoly Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/remembering-david-carr-writing-monopoly-power/

What will we do without David Carr, the brilliant media columnist at the New York Times who died last week? At ILSR, we will especially miss his writing on monopoly power, Amazon, and the book business. We’ve excerpted and linked to a few of his best recent pieces on those subjects. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Comcast Ghostwrites Letters From Elected Officials to FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcast-ghostwrites-letters-from-elected-officials-to-fcc-3/

It is common knowledge that Comcast and a number of political leaders enjoy special relationships. Nevertheless, it was still a bit shocking to see the level at which Comcast’s army has infiltrated the political process as uncovered in a recent Verge article. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and CenturyLink lawyers and lobbyists often write legislation… Continue reading