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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2017

Tennessee Broadband Bill Is A Jackpot For AT&T, Junk For EPB

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-broadband-bill-is-a-jackpot-for-att-junk-for-epb/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam doesn’t want the public’s money to pay for publicly owned Internet infrastructure. He has no problem, however, writing a $45 million check backed by taxpayers and payable to the likes of AT&T in Tennessee. “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants” On Wednesday, Haslam introduced the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Companies, Associations Call On Missouri Committee To Kill Anti-Municipal Broadband SB 186

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/companies-associations-call-on-missouri-committee-to-kill-anti-municipal-broadband-sb-186/

As SB 186 sits patiently in committee, advocates of better broadband from the private and public sectors are banding together to share their thoughts on the bill. They believe that the bill will stifle attempts to improve connectivity throughout the state. In a recent letter to the Chair and members of the the Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, they laid out the other reasons why SB 186 should not advance. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 27

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-27/

This article is so good, it was hard not to quote the whole thing. Do yourself a favor and check out the article for yourself– this is exactly why we can’t trust big cable and telephone companies to serve our communities.  New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition by Chris… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Chris responds to President Obama’s endorsement of community networks on MPR’s “Daily Circuit”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-responds-to-president-obamas-endorsement-of-community-networks-on-mprs-daily-circuit/

Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit (MPR) interviewed Chris about President Obama’s recent endorsment to end restrictions on states that limit local broadband authority. Chris and Danna Mackenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, answered questions about what Obama’s announcement means for faster, cheaper, more reliable Internet for consumers.  Chris explained that it’s… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Comcast Ghostwrites Letters From Elected Officials to FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcast-ghostwrites-letters-from-elected-officials-to-fcc-3/

It is common knowledge that Comcast and a number of political leaders enjoy special relationships. Nevertheless, it was still a bit shocking to see the level at which Comcast’s army has infiltrated the political process as uncovered in a recent Verge article. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and CenturyLink lawyers and lobbyists often write legislation… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Time Warner Cable Takes Maine Lawmakers to Exclusive Hotel for Lobbying Tryst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-takes-maine-lawmakers-to-exclusive-hotel-for-lobbying-tryst/

Time Warner Cable began lobbying Maine legislators at the dawn of the legislative session, reports the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. In January, the cable gargantuan hosted a “Winter Policy Conference” for state lawmakers at the exclusive Inn by the Sea resort. As Maine state leaders contemplate how they can boost connectivity, the incumbents… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Time Warner Cable Takes Maine Lawmakers to Exclusive Hotel for Lobbying Tryst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-takes-maine-lawmakers-to-exclusive-hotel-for-lobbying-tryst-2/

Time Warner Cable began lobbying Maine legislators at the dawn of the legislative session, reports the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. In January, the cable gargantuan hosted a “Winter Policy Conference” for state lawmakers at the exclusive Inn by the Sea resort. As Maine state leaders contemplate how they can boost connectivity, the incumbents… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greater-minnesota-partnership-focuses-on-non-metro-need-community-broadband-bits-podcast-136/

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access a major priority in their efforts to influence the state legislature. This week, we talk… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Bill to Establish Broadband Grant Program in Montana State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bill-to-establish-broadband-grant-program-in-montana-state-legislature/

In Missoula and Bozeman, momentum is building for improved connectivity by way of community network infrastructure. As usual, funding a municipal network is always one of the main challenges, but the state appears uninterested in helping them. State Representative Kelly McCarthy recently dropped HB 14 into the hopper, a bill to create a broadband development… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-submits-comments-to-fcc-in-support-of-restoring-local-authority/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide… Continue reading