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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-5/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-2/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Business, Education Call on Culver City to Invest in Muni Fiber in L.A. County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/business-education-call-on-culver-city-to-invest-in-muni-fiber-in-l-a-county/

Last fall, Culver City hired a consultant to develop a design and business plan for a possible fiber network project. Recently, prominent business leaders and parents of local school children have publicly expressed their support for a municipal network. Culver City, also known as “The Heart of Screenland” is situated in west L.A. County, surrounded… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2013

Let The Red States Vote on Health Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/red-states/

In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor.  In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives.  They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2013

Metronet Zing’s Dark Fiber Saves Big Bucks in South Bend

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/metronet-zings-dark-fiber-saves-big-bucks-in-south-bend/

Indiana’s Metronet Zing winds its way through South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County providing dark fiber service to businesses, government and education. The project started as an economic development initiative when community leaders in the area realized that the high cost and lack of high-speed connectivity in the area kept businesses away. Project Future, the economic… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 15 – Geoff Daily – FiberCorps

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-bits-15-geoff-daily-fibercorps/

Geoff Daily is an old friend of ours at Community Broadband Networks and he joins us for our 15th installment of the Community Broadband Bits audio show. He created a nonprofit organization, FiberCorps in Lafayette, Louisiana, to maximize usage of the LUS Fiber network owned by the community. Geoff and I discuss the importance of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2012

For Quality Customer Service Go to Government, Not Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/quality-customer-service-government-business/

In 2012 we accept as received wisdom that government is unresponsive while a competitive marketplace forces private business to offer quality customer service.  So when Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced his warmly received bill, The Government Customer Service Improvement Act, we considered his announcement a truism, “When taxpayers interact with a government agency, they deserve… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2012

The Health Care Debate: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/debating-health-care-american-bubble/

Nowhere is the phrase American Exceptionalism more appropriately used than when describing our debate over health care.  Outside the bubble that is the United States health care is viewed as a right, recognition that sickness and injury can strike anyone despite their best efforts and an acknowledgement of a basic obligation civilized societies have to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on May 3, 2012

Profiles in Political Courage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/profiles-political-courage/

A few weeks ago Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA who is retiring from the House this year, gave a memorable interview to New York magazine in which he criticized President Obama for aggressively pushing health care reform.  Frank says he warned Obama the Democratic Party would pay “a terrible price.” Apparently Frank was not alone in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2012

Are Republican Governors Truly Representing Their Citizens on Health Care?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/republican-governors-representing-citizens-health-care/

A few days ago 26 states argued before the Supreme Court that the health law’s dramatic extension of Medicaid coverage constitutes unconstitutional federal coercion.  “Congress easily could have designed an act that encouraged rather than forced states to expand their Medicaid programs,” their brief submitted to the Court argues. “By making a conscious decision to… Continue reading