Community Broadband Initiative Plans “Let’s Connect!” Speaking Tour in North Carolina

Date: 3 Jan 2019 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you live in or near the communities of Albemarle, Fuquay-Varina, or Jacksonville, get ready to attend one of a series of three “Let’s Connect” meetings, organized by the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, and NC Hearts Gigabit. We’re bringing together people who want to improve connectivity and are ready to learn more about how to get started.… Read More

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

Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Recounts Progress Made in 2018

Date: 11 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As they look back over their accomplishments, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) has more than the holidays to celebrate at the close of 2018. In addition to stimulating competition in the region, the RVBA network is attracting more investment and helping local nonprofits operate more efficiently.… Read More

Recycling Is the Enemy of Wasting

Date: 7 Dec 2018 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Recycling has long been known to be the enemy to waste management companies as it diverts materials that could be going to landfills, threatening profits and political influence. It makes sense. Landfilling waste is highly profitable, while recycling materials is marginally profitable and can also lose money. Flat recycling rates allow for companies to require more for processing recyclables while more waste flows to landfills. Profits from hauling and landfill operations supports high stock prices for consolidated national monopolies, which in turn allow them to use stocks to further consolidate hauling, landfilling, and most recently recycling processing capacity at centralized plants, or Materials Processing Facilities (MRFs).… Read More

Malicious Michigan Bill is Bad News for Rural Internet Access

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

Representative Michele Hoitenga from Michigan is at it again. Last year as Chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, she attempted to pass a bill to discourage her state’s self-reliant municipalities from improving local connectivity. Deja vu as her committee’s agenda for tomorrow, December 6th, picks up HB 5670, a bill sponsored by a different lawmakers and deceivingly titled the “Broadband Investment Act.”… 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

35 Communities Join New Community Broadband Accelerator Program

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

Earlier this summer, we talked with Jase Wilson and Lindsey Brannon from Neighborly, the investment firm that uses online investing to allow individuals to invest in publicly owned infrastructure projects, including broadband networks. Jase and Lindsey described a program they had just launched, the Neighborly Community Broadband Accelerator. … Read More

How Cities Can Fund Their 100% Renewable Ambitions

Date: 8 Nov 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We’re inspired by the passage of the Portland Clean Energy Initiative this week, a ballot measure that will now provide $30 million per year for the city’s clean energy and climate work. Even better, the funds will target local energy deployment that lifts up low-income folks and people of color with energy savings and solar energy, as well as jobs installing these cost-saving measures. But there are other tools more readily at a city’s disposal for funding climate work.… Read More

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