History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

Date: 11 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart of … Read More

High Speed in the Blue Grass State: Russellville’s Gig

Date: 23 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Logan Journal recently reported that the Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) now offers gigabit service to local businesses. The article notes that Net Index, an online tool to measure download and upload speeds, recognizes EPB as the first Gig city in Kentucky. To learn more about the community and its network, we talked with Robert White, … Read More

Defender of Big Telecom Admits Copper Can’t Compete

Date: 22 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The incomparable Diane Rehm show on WAMU recently tackled the network neutrality ruling [listen to it there]. Guests included Cecilia Kang, Susan Crawford, and Jeffrey Eisenach from the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank famous for promoting what is best for massive, politically influencial firms. Jeff and I both took part in a debate about municipal … Read More

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

Date: 15 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post is available here and focuses on the benefits massive cable companies already have as well as … Read More

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; Addressing Big City Community Networks

Date: 9 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We originally published this story on MuniNetworks.org, ILSR’s site dedicated to our broadband initiative. This is the first in a series of articles on Seattle and Gigabit Squared by Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Initiative. A few weeks ago, a Geekwire interview with outgoing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the Gigabit Squared project there was … Read More

Colorado and Mississippi Test White Space Technology

Date: 7 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We recently reported on the WhiteSpaces Pilot Project from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN). In order to find out the results in the trenches, we contacted two participant communities: Delta County, Colorado and Pascagoula, Mississippi. The project connects libraries with vendors that supply equipment tapping into what has been television spectrum, or “white spaces.” A Wi-Fi … Read More

WUNC Radio Show Explores Muni Network Restrictions in North Carolina

Date: 25 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WUNC, a public radio station out of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, covered community owned networks and broadband availability on its recent “State of Things” midday program. I was a guest along with a local resident and a public relations executive from Time Warner Cable to discuss North Carolina’s broadband compared to other states and its … Read More

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

Date: 21 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with this … Read More

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