FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Defends False Claims About Municipal Broadband

Date: 18 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When he spoke at the “Free Speech America” Gala in October, did FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly think he would still be explaining himself almost two months later? After trying and failing to justify his false claim that munis violate the First Amendment, he’s once again on the defensive. He’s getting no help from the big national ISPs he’s trying to support.… Read More

In Op-Ed, ILSR’s Katie Kienbaum Explains How the FCC is Dooming Rural Iowans to Second-Rate Internet Access

Date: 26 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When considering Iowa, what comes to mind? Open fields? Livestock? High-quality Internet access? According to the FCC, if you live in Iowa, your broadband problems are over. Of course, as ILSR Research Associate Katie Kienbaum points out in her recent piece in the Des Moines Register, the reality in the Hawkeye State is quite different than the FCC’s flawed stats report.… Read More

FCC Commissioner Falsely Claims Municipal Networks Violate First Amendment

Date: 30 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On October 24th, FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly spoke before the Media Institute at their “Free Speech America” Gala. In a speech for the telecom-backed group, O’Rielly delivered exactly what many of the big hitters in the audience would want to hear. He falsely accused, with nothing to back up his claims, municipal networks of posing  an “ominous threat to the First Amendment.”… Read More

FCC Actions Worsen America’s Digital Divide

Date: 5 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For all their attempts to tout their accomplishments, the current FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai is failing miserably at the their promise to shrink the digital divide in America. In a recent commentary in The Hill, policy and program manager for Next Century Cities Cat Blake explains how, rather than reducing the gap between Internet haves and have-nots, policy changes under the new administration is making the problem worse. Cat offers a few specific examples of policies and actions taken by the current FCC that have not only aggravated the problem of digital inclusion, but masked the realities of its severity.… Read More

ICYMI: NBC News Ponders Rural Connectivity, Economic Development, and Bad Data

Date: 13 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In his recent article written for NBC News, journalist Phil McCausland examines the impacts broadband access can have on rural communities and the challenges that persist in bringing coverage to these isolated areas. Reliable high-speed internet access can spark economic development in some of the United State’s most cash-strapped areas, but a lack of dependable data makes acquiring funding difficult.

McCausland explores how high-speed Internet access is becoming increasingly essential for communities’ economic growth. He spoke with Roberto Gallardo, the assistant director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, who explained how having broadband access today “is analogous to the installation of a railroad 100 years ago or a highway 50 years ago.”… Read More

No Protection From a Broken Market: Internet Access & Availability in America

Date: 19 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As of June 11th, federal network neutrality protections formally expired, thanks to Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republican Commissioners at the FCC. In the months leading up to the vote, Pai has continued to press the talking point that the market will protect consumers. Now is a good time to pull out our infographic from last year, “The Market Has Spoken. The Market Is Broken,” to remind Chairman Pai that a broken market isn’t much protection.… Read More

California Bill Aims to Reduce Rural Broadband Barriers

Date: 15 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to the FCC’s decision to end federal network neutrality protections, California and other states have introduced bills to fill the gap left by the Commission. Local communities who had flirted with the idea of publicly owned Internet infrastructure in the past have now taken a second and more serious look to counteract the FCC’s harmful policy shift. … Read More

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