Declaring Independence in Detroit Through Equitable Internet Access

Date: 4 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Independence Day, Americans celebrate the ingenuity, grit, and fortitude that led us to now. We’ve chosen this day to remember the decision to establish the United States as an independent country. Like other civilizations that have come and gone, America will always have times of honor and unbecoming moments in history, but its citizens have learned self-reliance — it’s in our DNA.… Read More

Michigan Law Seeks to Bolster Recycling by Making the Landfill More Expensive

The Mining Journal reports that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has proposed an increase in landfill tipping fees as a way to spur more recycling in the state. Michigan has one of the lowest recycling rates in the US at 14%. The bill is now pending in the state legislature’s House Environmental Committee.… Read More

Municipal Networks Make Good Neighbors: Michigan City Expands Fiber to Adjacent Community

Date: 15 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Located about 15 miles northeast of Holland, the community of approximately 7,300 received a $1 million state grant to help pay for redevelopment in Hudsonville’s downtown. They’ve been working on the plan to make the area more walkable for more than 10 years in order to appeal to older residents and millennials. … Read More

Another Small Michigan Community Will Vote to Provide Local Broadband, Shirking Big Telecom

Date: 8 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When residents and business owners completed a survey in 2013 as the community considered what route to take, 70 percent of respondents said that their current ISP did not meet their needs; 95 percent expressed an interest in alternative choices for Internet access. Since then, community leaders have hired a consultant to develop a feasibility study and Sharon Broadband Yes, a grassroots group advocating for a fiber network, has formed to educate the public.

The group is asking voters to pass a broadband bond proposal to allow the community to issue $4.9 million in general obligation bonds to fund a fiber optic network project. … Read More

Want To Topple Telecom Oligopolies? Support Locally Owned Broadband

Date: 15 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rural communities seeking better broadband have options beyond big telecom.
This past August, the residents of the Republican-leaning Michigan town of Lyndon Township overwhelmingly voted to raise their property taxes. What spurred this rural community to violate the core Republican tenant of minimal taxation?

Lack of high-speed internet access.… Read More

Protecting Communities from Gentrification

Date: 23 Oct 2017 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We have a workable model for making housing affordable and protecting neighborhood residents from displacement: a Community Land Trust. Only one city to date has embraced it aggressively and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it began to do so when Bernie Sanders was its mayor. Now a coalition is pushing Baltimore to make a major investment in this model.… Read More

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

Date: 18 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas.… Read More

Anti-Municipal Broadband Bill In Michigan Pulls No Punches

Date: 16 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Torpedo legislation aimed at municipal network initiatives don’t usually appear in October, but Michigan’s year-round legislature is making 2017 atypical. Last week, Freshman Representative Michele Hoitenga from the rural village of Manton in Wexford County introduced a bill banning investment … Read More

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