Montana Wants Network Neutrality, Executive Order Makes It So

Date: 24 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In response to the repeal of net neutrality protections by the Federal Communications Commission, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order establishing that any Internet Service Provider signing a contract with the state must abide by the principle of net neutrality.… Read More

Video: How Communities Use Clean Energy to Build Local Power – Alternative Energy Resources Expo

Date: 22 Jan 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In October 2017, John Farrell gave a keynote address to the annual meeting and expo of AERO, a Montana organization with a similar mission of empowering communities to promote a sustainable economy. He addressed the widespread opportunity for clean energy in Montana, the shared desire of communities to capture that growing economic opportunity, and three ways communities can get started.… Read More

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

Date: 27 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come … Read More

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

Date: 20 Oct 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here. Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for … Read More

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot

Date: 2 Jun 2016 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. In 2016, more states than ever before placed items on their ballots to … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 20

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

FCC Outlines Plan To Crush Awful State Protectionist Broadband Laws: from the it’s-about-time dept by Karl Bode, Tech Dirt While net neutrality rules are designed to protect consumers from a lack of last-mile competition, the agency’s moves on municipal broadband are … Read More

Bozeman’s Public-Private Approach In-Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 142

Date: 17 Mar 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week … 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

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