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

Date: 21 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

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

Date: 6 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

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

Date: 6 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

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

Date: 3 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Bill to Establish Broadband Grant Program in Montana State Legislature

Date: 22 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

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

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 … Read More

National Journal Traces Growth of Partisanship in Municipal Broadband Debate

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

In an excellent piece titled “How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet,” the National Journal outlines the disappointing political evolution of municipal broadband, from a bipartisan local choice issue to an anti-Obama Administration, pro-incumbent telecom, states’ rights issue.  It was not … Read More

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