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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2017

Local Authority Wins Across Colorado; Comcast Loses In Fort Collins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-authority-wins-across-colorado-comcast-loses-in-fort-collins/

Voters in 18 19 Colorado communities chose local telecommunications authority with an average rate of 83 percent. In Fort Collins, voters weren’t swayed by rivers of cash Comcast threw at them in the final month leading up to a ballot issue to pave the way for local fiber optic Internet infrastructure. By a comfortable margin, ballot measure 2B passed, allowing the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcasts-election-investment-policy-brief-on-seattle-fort-collins-broadband-ballots/

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2017

Big Money & Lies: Incumbent Cable Monopolies Try To Confuse Fort Collins, Colo. Voters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/big-money-lies-incumbent-cable-monopolies-try-to-confuse-fort-collins-colo-voters/

With their back against the wall, Comcast is pulling out it’s well manicured, sharp claws in Fort Collins, Colorado. Voters will be asked to approve measure 2B on November 7th, which would allow the city to take steps toward establishing their own municipal telecommunications utility. In order to preserve the lack of competition, incumbent Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2017

More Colorado Towns Put Municipal Broadband Question on The Ballot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/more-colorado-towns-put-municipal-broadband-question-on-the-ballot/

This November, more Colorado towns and counties will be voting on whether to opt out of the 12-year-old SB 152, a state law that restricts broadband development. Senate Bill 152 has hindered communities’ ability to invest in Internet infrastructure and provide service themselves or with private sector partners. Many communities are realizing that national carriers can’t be relied on to provide high-quality Internet access. To date, at least 98 communities across the state of Colorado have voted to reclaim local telecommunications authority by opting out of SB 152; a handful are considering actually pursuing a publicly owned network. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2017

Fort Collins, Colo. Municipal Utility Ballot Language Lives Through Legal Challenge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fort-collins-colo-municipal-utility-ballot-language-lives-through-legal-challenge/

The Fort Collins’ ballot measure that could amend the City Charter allowing high-speed Internet to become a municipal utility moves forward after a short legal scuffle. The question will be decided at the November 7th special election. Failed Legal Petition After the language of the ballot question was released following approval by City Hall, local… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2017

Bring On The Ballots: Two More Colorado Communities Face Opt Out Question

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bring-on-the-ballots-two-more-colorado-communities-face-opt-out-question/

As predicted, more Colorado communities are opting out of the state’s restrictive SB 152 that removed local telecommunications authority in 2005. Two more communities have decided to put the question to voters this fall in order to take the reins and reclaim local control.   Eagle County, Colorado There are about 53,000 people living in Eagle… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2016

Just How Democratic are Rural Electric Cooperatives?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/just-how-democratic-are-rural-electric-cooperatives/

Randy Wilson knew you had to start somewhere. Knocking on doors and hanging around retail store parking lots, he and volunteers from the citizen group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth collected signatures. After weeks of holding out clipboards, they collected the more than 500 signatures needed to run for the board of the Jackson Energy Cooperative… Continue reading