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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2017

Lessons Learned: “Not Feasible” Could Reflect Consultant, Not Your Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lessons-learned-not-feasible-could-reflect-consultant-not-your-community-network/

To be fair, “not feasible” could also mean that you are asking the wrong questions. Nothing rules out that the problem lies with both the consultant AND the questions. It’s hard to tell from the outside which of these factors dominates. An Incomplete Path For years, Iowa’s Decorah has been considering a municipal fiber network and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2017

Fort Collins, Colo. Municipal Utility Ballot Language Lives Through Legal Challenge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fort-collins-colo-municipal-utility-ballot-language-lives-through-legal-challenge/

The Fort Collins’ ballot measure that could amend the City Charter allowing high-speed Internet to become a municipal utility moves forward after a short legal scuffle. The question will be decided at the November 7th special election. Failed Legal Petition After the language of the ballot question was released following approval by City Hall, local… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2017

“Muni Fiber Models” Community Internet Connectivity Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muni-fiber-models-community-internet-connectivity-fact-sheet/

When local communities look for ways to improve connectivity, they may consider investing in a municipal fiber optic network. As they begin to review possible options, local officials, their staff, and community groups will realize that there are a number of potential models. We’ve put together the Muni Fiber Models fact sheet that takes a brief look at… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2017

Fact Sheet: Tennessee Municipal Broadband Rates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-tennessee-municipal-broadband-rates/

In addition to studying how and where local communities examine the potential for publicly owned Internet networks, we’ve looked at rates over time in select areas of the country. We recently put together a comparison of historical rates for municipal networks in Tennessee. Our findings are consistent with what we’ve seen all over the country… Continue reading

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.

SB 186 imposes unworkable restrictions on local governments to prevent “competitive service,” which includes both retail and wholesale models – preventing municipalities from working with private sector partners. The bill establishes onerous hurdles for communities attempting to engage in a feasibility study and discourages them from pursuing a chance to serve their residents, businesses, and municipal facilities. Much of this bill’s language comes from last year’s rejected HB 2078. 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/

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 Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Forest) seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers.

HB 2108 imposes very specific requirements on local governments when they begin to solicit proposals for better Internet service, surprising local leaders that are desperate for more investment, not restrictions on investment. These burdens include soliciting proposals from existing incumbent providers, waiting six months for a response, and, if they even get this far, holding public hearings and a vote on whether to provide services within one year of the assessment. If these municipalities don’t comply with the timeline, they must obtain a costly new assessment. 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