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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2017

Infographic: The Market for Internet Access Is Broken

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/infographic-the-market-for-internet-access-is-broken/

“Monopoly” may be a fun family night activity, but if you live in a place where you have little or no choice for Internet access, it’s not fun and it’s not a game. According to FCC data, most families don’t have a choice in Internet access providers, especially providers they like. Nevertheless, the biggest companies… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2017

Shutesbury, Massachusetts to Charter Communications: “No Thanks, Bye.”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shutesbury-massachusetts-to-charter-communications-no-thanks-bye/

Even though they don’t have to chip in any local funds, the town of Shutesbury, Massachusetts, rejected Charter’s proposal to build a hybrid fiber coaxial network in their community. They don’t consider the proposal a “good long-term solution to bring broadband to our town” and prefer to build a publicly owned fiber-optic network for future-proof technology, provider accountability, and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2016

Movie Monster Madness At MuniNetworks! Internet Terror Triple Feature!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/movie-monster-madness-at-muninetworks-internet-terror-triple-feature/

Much like the the bone-chilling flicks celebrating eerie entertainment that dwells in the depths of our dark imaginations, monster cable and DSL Internet service providers strike terror in the hearts of subscribers…if they survive. Mesmerizing fees, hair-raising customer service, and shockingly slow connections can drive one to the brink of madness. In celebration of Halloween… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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