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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2017

Infographic: The Threat of Super-Preemption to US Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/infographic-the-threat-of-super-preemption-to-us-cities/

Preemption at the state and federal level threatens local telecommunications authority, as we’ve seen in about 20 states. When state laws usurp local governments’ ability to decide how they improve poor connectivity, they disregard an understanding of local affairs that is unique to each community. Some states are threatening to take preemption another damaging step… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Press Release: Missouri Senate Bill 186 Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-missouri-senate-bill-186-seeks-to-limit-municipal-authority/

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Another year in Missouri and another bill from the big telephone companies to limit broadband competition in the state house. The bill introduced by Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), SB 186, seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Despite Intense Bipartisan Opposition, Virginia’s Anti-Municipal Broadband HB 2108 Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-intense-bipartisan-opposition-virginias-anti-municipal-broadband-hb-2108-passes/

On February 7th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 72 – 24 to pass HB 2108, otherwise known as “Byron’s Bad Broadband Bill.” The text of the bill was a revised version substituted by Del. Kathy Byron after Governor Terry McAuliffe, local leaders across the state, and constituents very handily let her know that they… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2017

Press Release: Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-virginia-bill-seeks-to-limit-municipal-authority/

Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act” Would Limit Municipalities’ Ability to Connect Their Residents Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The latest chapter in efforts by the big cable companies to limit broadband competition just began in Virginia. The introduction of HB 2108, the “VirginiaBroadband Deployment Act,” by… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2016

Fact Sheet on Minnesota’s Rural Digital Divide

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-minnesotas-rural-digital-divide/

The fact sheet highlights the great work that Minnesota cooperatives and municipalities have done to bring fast, affordable, reliable Internet service to rural areas throughout the state. They’ve built many Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks, but there is still much work to do. One in 4 Minnesotans lives in a rural area, and of those rural households,… Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2016

Report: North Carolina Connectivity – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-north-carolina-connectivity-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

North Carolina’s digital divide between urban and rural communities is increasing dangerously in a time when high quality Internet access is more important than ever. Rural and urban areas of North Carolina are essentially living in different realities, based on the tides of private network investment where rural communities are severely disadvantaged. The state has… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2016

Trust In Government: Strongest Close To Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/trust-in-government-strongest-close-to-home/

We have recently covered state laws preempting local control, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee. State governments are supposed to be “laboratories of democracy” and municipalities are sub-parts of the state. Preemption is ostensibly to prevent problems, but instead these state laws limit local governments’ solutions for ensuring better connectivity. At the same time, people… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 25, 2016

Mancos Voters The Latest To Decide Local Authority In Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mancos-voters-the-latest-to-decide-local-authority-in-colorado/

 Mancos, a rural community of about 1,300 in rural southwest Colorado, hopes to join over 50 other communities across the state that have reclaimed local telecommunications authority. On April 5th, the town will decide whether to exempt itself from SB 152, Colorado’s 2005 state law that removed local choice from municipalities and local governments. Located… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/campaign-finance-questions-arise-over-controversial-internet-bill/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill After cutting a sizable donation to the Missouri Republican Party, AT&T’s bill to limit broadband competition from community networks is moving through the house. Just months after AT&T cut a $20,000 check to the House Republican Campaign Committee, Representative Lyndall… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2016

Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fibers-dark-fiber-announcement-will-change-how-cities-build-networks/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks This morning, Huntsville, Alabama put a nail in the coffin of telephone and cable monopolies. The city is building a dark fiber network for any ISP to use– and Google Fiber was the first… Continue reading