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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grassroots-broadband-groups-grow-across-the-u-s/

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband – Episode 10 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/preemption-episode-10-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges as Lafayette Considers Muni Fiber Expansion – Community Broadband Bits Episode 144

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opportunities-and-challenges-as-lafayette-considers-muni-fiber-expansion-community-broadband-bits-episode-144/

After we heard that Lafayette’s LUS Fiber was considering expanding to some nearby communities, we knew we had to set up an interview with Terry Huval, Director of the Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana. In our interview this week, Terry and I discuss Lafayette’s success, the legacy of the law creating special barriers that only… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Lafayette Congratulates Wilson; Offers Support After FCC Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lafayette-congratulates-wilson-offers-support-after-fcc-ruling/

When the FCC announced its intention last week to neutralize the negative impacts of Tennessee and North Carolina anti-muni laws, celebrating reached far beyond Chattanooga and Wilson. In Lafayette, home to LUS Fiber, City-Parish President Joey Durel took time to write a supportive letter to Wilson’s Mayor Bruce Rose. We reproduce the text of that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/correcting-community-fiber-fallacies-attacks-lus-fiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by Steven… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/correcting-community-fiber-fallacies-attacks-on-lus-fiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

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

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Wheeler Praises Lafayette’s Network Deployment at NATOA Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wheeler-praises-lafayettes-network-deployment-at-natoa-conference/

At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler praised Lafayette, Louisiana, home of muni LUS Fiber, during his keynote address.  Wheeler addressed a variety of issues, including wireless broadband, the drive to increase competition, and a thoughtful transition to IP based 911 service. While… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

Next Century Cities Launch Webcast on October 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/next-century-cities-launch-webcast-on-october-20/

Municipalities are increasingly realizing they need to take steps to ensure fast, affordable, reliable Internet access for local citizens. Some are doing the work themselves with publicly owned projects while others seek public-private partnerships. In order to capitalize on collaboration, a group of city leaders are now forming Next Century Cities. On October 20, 2014,… Continue reading