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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2017

A people-owned internet exists. Here is what it looks like

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/a-people-owned-internet-exists-here-is-what-it-looks-like/

The Guardian – July 26, 2017 Written by Nathan Schneider Like many Americans, I don’t have a choice about my internet service provider. I live in a subsidized housing development where there’s only one option, and it happens to be, by some accounts, the most hated company in the United States. Like its monstrous peers, my… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Longmont’s success leads to dozens of followers: When is ‘crazy fast’ internet coming to your town?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/longmonts-success-leads-to-dozens-of-followers-when-is-crazy-fast-internet-coming-to-your-town/

WGBH Denver Channel 7 – July 24, 2017 Written by Jason Gruenauer LONGMONT — It’s 40 times faster than broadband. It’s cheaper than the cable company. And it could be coming to a city near you. “Crazy fast” and municipally-owned internet is already in Longmont. “PC Magazine, in their June edition, rated Longmont, Colorado as having the fastest… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2017

Comcast rep caught spreading misinformation about Longmont’s NextLight to Fort Collins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcast-rep-caught-spreading-misinformation-about-longmonts-nextlight-to-fort-collins/

Longmont Times-Call – June 22, 2017 Written by Karen Antonacci Longmont Power & Communications General Manager Tom Roiniotis set a Comcast senior director straight when the director lied to a Fort Collins resident about NextLight, Longmont’s municipal internet service. It all started when Fort Collins resident Glen Akins emailed his City Council to ask why Comcast… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2017

Are City-Owned Municipal Broadband Networks Better?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/are-city-owned-municipal-broadband-networks-better/

Consumer Reports – June 20, 2017 Written by James K. Wilcox Cable providers are among the least-loved companies in Consumer Reports surveys. Some of the biggest—such as Comcast and Spectrum—earn low scores in multiple categories, including value and customer service. Unfortunately, consumers have few options. A 2015 White House study found that three out of… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2017

Citizens Take a Stand in Broadband Access Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/citizens-take-a-stand-in-broadband-access-debate/

WNYC Radio’s The Takeaway – February 21, 2017

Christopher recently took some time to visit with John Hockenberry on The Takeaway from PRI and WNYC. The conversation covered municipal networks, big cable and telephone monopolies, and how local community initiatives for better connectivity are raising the bar in rural areas. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

State Needs Better Broadband, Not Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-needs-better-broadband-not-subsidies/

Knoxville News Sentinel – February 19, 2017

If you were tasked with improving the internet access across Tennessee, a good first start would be to examine what is working and what’s not. But when the General Assembly debates broadband, it frequently focuses on what AT&T and Comcast want rather than what is working. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Colorado Bill To Reclaim Local Authority Stalls In Committee, Audio Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-bill-to-reclaim-local-authority-stalls-in-committee-audio-available/

On Monday the Colorado Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee heard SB 42, a bill to repeal the state’s requirement for referendum to reclaim local telecommunications authority. The committee of seven Senators voted 4 – 3 to postpone the bill indefinitely, leaving it in legislative purgatory. We’ve provided the audio above, but we missed the first minute or so of the recording. 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

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2017

Fact Sheet On Municipal Networks In Virginia

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

The latest addition to our list of fact sheets focuses on Virginia: Municipal Networks Deliver Local Benefits. We noticed that municipal networks in the “Mother of States” have spurred economic development, saved taxpayer dollars, and improved local connectivity. A number of local governments in Virginia that have invested in Internet network infrastructure have attracted Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2017

State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-bills-to-block-municipal-networks-start-in-missouri-virginia/

With each new legislative session come the new bills from the incumbents aiming to limit competition. We typically expect at least one and begin looking for them early in January as legislatures begin assembling in state capitols; this year the anti-muni efforts begin in Virginia and Missouri. “Show-Me” Your Bill Missouri’s communities have been the… Continue reading