MAG-Net Hosts Community Networks Discussion With Christopher

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

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) recently hosted a Community Cohort Call titled Tech In The City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access. Chris Mitchell, Andrea Figueroa Martinez, John St. Julien from Lafayette, and other community broadband advocates discuss the current state of U.S. broadband infrastructure. Chris offers perspective on monopolistic behavior from current mega providers … Read More

Long List of Public Interest Groups Sign on to Free Press Letter Opposing Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

Date: 18 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Free Press announced that more than 50 public interest groups, including the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, signed on to its letter in opposition to the Time Warner/Comcast merger. The letter, addressed and delivered to Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, begins: The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would give one company enormous … Read More

Advice for Starting a Community Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #94

Date: 15 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Community Broadband Bits podcast this week focuses on what people can do to start building a grassroots effort for a network in their community. John St Julien of Lafayette, Louisiana, returns to the show to discuss what they did and ideas for others to follow. John was last on the show for episode 19, where … Read More

How Can Communities Leverage a Better Energy Future? – Episode 17 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 6 Mar 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We spoke with New Era Colorado executive director Stephen Fenberg about the grassroots campaign to fight Xcel Energy and build a better energy future.… Read More

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

Date: 27 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond to, … Read More

Auburn Essential Services; A Workhorse in Northeast Indiana Saves Jobs, Serves Public

Date: 3 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1985, Auburn Electric became one of the first communities in the midwest to deploy fiber. At the time, the purpose was to improve electric and voice systems substation communications within the municipal utility. That investment laid the foundation for a municipal network that now encourages economic development and saves public dollars while enhancing services. Auburn expanded … Read More

Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Community Considers Last Mile Options

Date: 31 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Approximately 60,000 people live on Aquidneck Island in the towns of Portsmouth, Newport, and Middletown. The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) travels to the island but community leaders want to find a way to provide services to more residents, businesses, and institutions. OSHEAN is an under utilized middle mile network and … Read More

Mark Creekmore Takes on Windstream – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #69

Date: 21 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year, Mark Creekmore transitioned from a frustrated DSL customer to a champion for better Internet access in Georgia. A concerned citizen and tech consultant, Mark joins us for the latest Community Broadband Bits podcast. He discusses his history with Windstream and the steps he went through to improve his Internet access. Along with this … Read More

Longmont Prepares to Vote on Fiber Bonds – Community Broadband Bits Episode #68

Date: 15 Oct 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Longmont prepares to vote on November 5, we are paying special attention to question 2B, which will authorize the city utility to issue revenue bonds to finance the FTTH network already being built. The successful referendum from 2011 gave the City authority to build the network and this referendum, if successful, will finance a rapid … Read More

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