Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This fact sheet provides information on the most common ways local communities finance their municipal networks. When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each … Read More

Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 26 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to … Read More

Bill to Limit Internet Investment Introduced in Kansas

Date: 30 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Kansas is the latest legislative battle ground in the fight to preserve local self-reliance. The Kansas Legislature is taking up SB 304 to limit local municipalities’ authority to invest in publicly owned networks. While the language of the bill states … Read More

Building Community Broadband Access Policy Brief

Date: 21 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR and the Center for Popular Democracy now offer the Building Community Access Policy Brief. We teamed up with CPD to bring you a fact sheet that succinctly describes our country’s problem with unequal access to broadband. The fact sheet … Read More

Central California: Shafter Creating Fiber Connections for Business, Quality of Life

Date: 31 Jul 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Shafter, California, faced tough economic times when the end of the housing boom derailed its fiber optic network plans. Rather than discard a vision to use high-speed broadband as a catalyst for better quality of life and economic development, the … Read More

Small Iowa Town’s Telecom Utility Long Time Coming: Broadband Bits #53

Date: 8 Jul 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim … Read More

North Carolina Legislator Accused of Favoring Time Warner Cable

Date: 12 Jun 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Accusations of special treatment for Time Warner Cable found their way into floor debate at the North Carolina General Assembly and it was no surprise to ILSR staff. Republican legislator and former Committee Chair Robert Brawley shared a revealing letter … Read More

Wireless Internet 101 Fact Sheet

Date: 9 Jun 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s Wireless Internet 101 fact sheet provides quick information on wireless technologies and policy. Most of us take wireless for granted. We use it every day but we have very little understanding of how it works, its limitations, or how … Read More

Community Networks Gaining Traction Nationwide

Date: 22 Apr 2013 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative has been spending many hours on the road these days. Why? Interest in publicly owned broadband networks continues to grow as communities search for savings, economic development, and connectivity on the … Read More

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