Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Date: 3 May 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economy initiative director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Laura Flanders to discuss the disturbing trend toward a calcified and monopolistic media landscape.… Read More

Community Broadband Networks Press Packet

Date: 10 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources that support local authority for broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. As more community leaders realize the economic benefits of faster, more reliable Internet services, they are pursuing local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches. The vast majority of community … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – Week of August 29, 2014

Date: 7 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“When private industry does not answer the call because of market failures or other obstacles, it is appropriate and even commendable, for the people acting through their local governments to improve their lives by investing in their own future.” ~ John McCain, 2005 Wait. What? Brendan Sasso from The National Journal brought up some excellent points … Read More

You Are Cordially Invited: June 17th Discussion on Cable Companies, Monopolies, and Community Networks

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

On Tuesday June 17th, Chris will be participating in a conversation hosted by the Media Consortium as part of its Media Policy Reporting and Education Program (MPREP). You are invited to sit in on what is sure to be a spirited discussion on community networks and the lack of competition in the cable industry. What: Community Fiber … Read More

Local Media Sees Need for Municipal Network in Olympia, Washington

Date: 28 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local news editors seem inspired by the current network neutrality debate at the FCC. Newsrooms considering the prospect of paid prioritization are reassessing the value of municipal networks. Not long ago, the Olympian ran an editorial offering the basics of municipal networks. Editors mentioned NoaNet, the statewide fiber project that brings access to a series of community … Read More

Public Access Media and Community Owned Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #81

Date: 14 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After a listener suggested we do a show on the modern role of public access media, we decided to reach out to Mike Wassenaar, now a senior development officer at Free Press and formerly the Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a great example of the promise of public access. Mike and I talk about … Read More

Solar Powered Wireless on the Reservation – Community Broadband Bits Episode #76

Date: 10 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When it comes to building a community owned wireless network, few have more experience than Matthew Rantanen, our guest for the Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. Rantanen has an impressive list of titles, two of which are Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village … Read More

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