Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC

Date: 13 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689   Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC The Federal Communications Commission has released the order that allows Chattanooga and Wilson, as well as many other cities in North Carolina and Tennessee, to build, … Read More

Yolo County, California Ready for Better Broadband

Date: 13 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors in California voted unanimously recently to accept consultants’ recommendations to take steps improve broadband in the county. Some of those recommendations included investing in infrastructure to improve both urban and rural areas in the northern county.  The Davis Enterprise reported on the meeting from February 24th: With its diverse mix … Read More

International Media Covering NextLight Strides in Longmont

Date: 11 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Longmont’s NextLight is well known in the municipal networks space; now other media markets are starting to notice the most recent network in the Centennial State. CCTV America profiled the network recently, highlighting its importance to local businesses. CCTV spoke with a local tech business owner who had recently connected to the municipal network: Jon Rice … Read More

Dark Fiber Option Coming to Arlington Businesses

Date: 11 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Arlington is finally ready to open up its network to local businesses seeking better connectivity, reports local news WJLA. The county board recently voted unanimously to allow providers to lease dark fiber from approximately 10 miles of the 59-mile network. They hope to spur economic development and entice ISPs to provide better connectivity for residents via … Read More

Dakota County Considering Expanding to Open Access for Businesses, Residents

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

In a recent meeting of the Dakota County Administration, Finance and Policy Committee, Dakota County’s Network Collaboration Engineer David Asp provided an update to Commissioners on the status of their broadband plan. Dakota has saved millions of dollars with their network through collaborative efforts, innovative dig-once approaches, and specially deveoped software. As part of its long … 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

Cable Companies Lose Big at FCC, Barriers to Community Broadband Struck Down

Date: 26 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Two southern cities today persuaded the Federal Communications Commission to recognize their right to build their own publicly owned Internet networks where existing providers had refused to invest in modern connections. The 3-2 FCC vote removes barriers for municipal networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina, to extend their high-quality Internet service to nearby areas. … Read More

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

Date: 24 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately 7,500 … Read More

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