Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

Date: 10 May 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The final … Read More

Charles Benton, Champion of the Public Interest in Telecom, Passes

Date: 1 May 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The world of media education, communication policy, and philanthropy is mourning the loss of Charles Benton who passed away on April 29. He lived a long life encouraging and empowering individuals and communities to use technology to improve their quality of life. But beyond that, specifically working to remove barriers that discourage historically marginalized communities from … Read More

Leverett Starts to Light Up in Massachusetts

Date: 20 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The celebrated municipal network in Leverett, Massachusetts, is starting to serve select areas of the community. Customers’ properties on the north side of town are now receiving 1 gigabit Internet service from the town’s partner Crocker Communications. These early subscribers are considered “beta sites.” Telephone service will become available when the network has been fully tested. … Read More

Tale of Comcast Woe

Date: 9 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 sell … Read More

Freedom to Connect – Long Term Muni Strategies

Date: 2 Apr 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you were not able to attend Freedom to Connect in New York on March 2 – 3, you can now view archived video of presentations from Chris and others. Now that the FCC has made a determination that may change the landscape of Internet access, it is time to consider the future of municipal networks. … Read More

Occupy Radio Interviews Chris: Community Broadband is the Next Internet Battle

Date: 14 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ready … set … get local net! Chris recently spoke to OEMG Occupy Radio about the hundreds of community broadband networks providing some of the best Internet service in the country. He encouraged citizens to look at municipal ownership, cooperative ownership, or non-profit models.  Listen to the conversation below. Chris’s segment begins at 11:55. Enjoy! Occupyeugenemedia.org describes itself … Read More

Missouri Senate Committee Hears Anti-Muni Bill; Private Companies and Groups Ask For No Vote

Date: 5 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As the Senate version of Missouri’s latest anti-muni bill, SB 266 [PDF], moved forward recently, a group of private sector companies and interested organizations appealed to state lawmakers [PDF] urging them to stop it in its tracks. In January we reported on HB 437, introduced by House Member Rocky Miller. Its Senate companion, which establishes an … Read More

Blackburn and Tillis Introduce Bill Aimed to Undo FCC Decision to Restore Local Authority

Date: 2 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the FCC made history when it chose to restore local telecommunications authority by nullifying state barriers in Tennessee and North Carolina. Waiting in the wings were Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Senator Thom Tillis from Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, with their legislation to cut off the FCC at the knees. [A PDF of the … Read More

Answering Questions About Title II and Munis – Community Broadband Bits Episode 138

Date: 18 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As we near the FCC open meeting at the end of next week, when it will decide on both the Chattanooga and Wilson petitions regarding their wish to expand as well as a proposal to reclassify Internet access a Title II service in order to ensure it can maintain the same open Internet we have long … Read More

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