Chattanooga and Wilson Comment Period Open; Tell the FCC You Support Local Authority

Date: 29 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the communities of Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, filed petitions with the FCC. Both communities requested that the agency remove state barriers preventing expansion beyond their current service areas. On July 28, the FCC established a public comment calendar for the request. It is imperative that all those with an interest in better access … Read More

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

Date: 24 Jun 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel towers across their region and through their property (they have some other cogent arguments, too). Update January 12, 2015: removed inaccurate reference to transmission company control over regional … Read More

Understanding Title II and Network Neutrality – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #101

Date: 3 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With all of the recent media discussions around network neutrality, reclassification, and “Title II,” we decided to spend this week talking with Matt Wood, Policy Director for Free Press to simplify some key issues. For all the hub-bub around reclassification and dramatic claims that it represents some kind of fundamental policy shift, the truth is actually … Read More

Wheeler Tells Cable Industry He Intends to Remove Anti-Competitive State Laws

Date: 2 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to roll back restrictions that prevent local governments from deciding if a municipal network would be a wise investment. At the Cable Show Industry conference in Los Angeles, Wheeler told cable industry leaders the FCC will wield its powers to reduce state barriers on municipal networks. Wheeler spoke before the … Read More

Ian Masters Interviews Christopher Mitchell on Background Briefing from Los Angeles

Date: 1 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell recently spoke with Ian Masters on the Background Briefing show from KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. Masters connected with Chris to discuss the increasing importance of community networks in light of recent court decisions: Network Neutrality and the court’s interpretation of section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. From the Background Briefing website: Then finally we … Read More

FCC Rural Broadband Workshop Video

Date: 1 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In case you missed it, you can still stream the FCC’s Rural Broadband Workshop. The announcement describes the event: The workshop will include an examination of the broadband needs of rural populations and the unique challenges of both broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas.  In addition, the discussion will highlight the economic, educational, and healthcare benefits … Read More

GAO Report: Government Telecom Investments Help Local Businesses

Date: 10 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Government Accountability Office released a report today examining economic development and government-spurred broadband deployment. The report, titled Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business looks at the effects of stimulus projects on opportunities for small business.  According to the press release: “GAO’s investigation confirms the success of the Recovery Act’s broadband programs,” said Rep. … Read More

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

Date: 15 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its Open Internet (network neutrality) rules as proposed several years ago. But the court nonetheless found that the FCC does have some authority to regulate in the public interest, particularly when it comes to something we … Read More

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

Date: 26 Dec 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms has … Read More

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