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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2017

ILSR Submits Multiple Federal Communications Commission Comments Supporting Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-submits-multiple-federal-communications-commission-comments-supporting-local-internet-choice/

This fall, we’ve submitted multiple comments to the Federal Communications Commission supporting local Internet choice and remaining critical of concentrated power in the hands of large telecom companies. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2017

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/federal-communications-commission-complaint-reveals-att-is-accused-of-digital-redlining-in-detroit/

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/verizon-will-cut-off-rural-subscribers-in-thirteen-states-you-listening-fcc/

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2017

Shape the Rules for Rural Broadband Subsidies Fact Sheet – Reply Comments Due: October 18th, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/shape-the-rules-for-rural-broadband-subsidies-fact-sheet-reply-comments-due-october-18th-2017/

Another addition to our Community Networks Initiative resources! This fact sheet details the most important aspects of the Connect America Fund (CAF) Auction. What is it? What should it do? Who does it affect? And how can you make a difference? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) manages the CAF program, which provides billions of dollars in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2017

Cleveland Residents File Discrimination Complaint Against AT&T

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cleveland-residents-file-discrimination-complaint-against-att/

Large, corporate providers like AT&T have to make shareholders happy, which is why they shy way from investing in regions where they don’t expect much profit. Routinely, those areas include sparsely populated rural communities and urban neighborhoods traditionally considered low-income. Often low-income neighborhoods also include a high percentage of people of color. Attorney Daryl Parks of… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2017

Jon Chambers: Rethinking The Rules on The Connect America Fund – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 268

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/jon-chambers-rethinking-the-rules-on-the-connect-america-fund-community-broadband-bits-podcast-268/

This is episode 268 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Jon Chambers, a partner at Conexon, returns to visit us this week to talk about rural connectivity and the approaching Connect America Fund (CAF) auction. Conexon works with… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Court Sides With Louisville: One Touch Make Ready Is A-Ok

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/court-sides-with-louisville-one-touch-make-ready-is-a-ok/

Louisville has overcome a tall hurdle in its efforts to bring better connectivity and more competition to the community through local control. On August 16th the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky supported the city’s one touch make ready (OTMR) ordinance. AT&T challenged the ordinance in court, but their arguments fell flat… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2017

FCC Considers Smart Phones Broadband Deployment. That’s Laughable.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fcc-considers-smart-phones-broadband-deployment-thats-laughable/

Cell phones as a substitute for home Internet service? That’s what the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggested in an August 2017 document. Buried within the Notice of Inquiry for the Section 706 Report, the FCC quietly proposed that mobile service could be considered broadband deployment. In a recent article, Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica dove into why that… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2017

The Broadband Market is Broken: Don’t Fall for Telecom Lobbyist Lies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-broadband-market-is-broken-dont-fall-for-telecom-lobbyist-lies/

We’ve all been lied to, but when we’re lied to by those we rely on, it’s the worst. Right now, we are all subject to a lie about our Internet access. That lie is rooted in the idea that the best way to move forward is to allow the free market to dictate our access… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

Day Of Action To Save Network Neutrality: Submit Your Comments To FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/day-of-action-to-save-network-neutrality-submit-your-comments-to-fcc/

During the Obama administration, the FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler made bold steps to protect innovation and competition on the Internet by passing network neutrality rules. With new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, network neutrality is in danger. In order to prevent the backward slide – or worse – we all need to comment to the FCC and… Continue reading