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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Douglas-May | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2017

Wilson, North Carolina’s Fiber Network Headlines Economic Development Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-north-carolinas-fiber-network-headlines-economic-development-plan/

Wilson has made their community-owned Greenlight fiber network central to their economic development plan, a move that may forge a new approach for other communities with similar assets. Revitalization Efforts In 2008, when Wilson’s Greenlight community network first launched, the Federal Communications Commission ranked North Carolina last in the nation in percentage of households subscribing to at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/verizon-will-cut-off-rural-subscribers-in-thirteen-states-you-listening-fcc/

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 to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2017

Pinetops Will Stay Connected to Broadband In North Carolina, For Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/pinetops-will-stay-connected-to-broadband-in-north-carolina-for-now/

It’s been a long road for Pinetops, North Carolina, as they’ve sought better connectivity in their rural community. After dramatic ups and downs, the community seems to have finally found a tepid resolution. Greenlight can, for now, continue to serve Pinetops. With Conditions On June 28th, the General Assembly passed HB 396, which allows Wilson’s municipal network,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Legislative and Broadband Relief For Pinetops, North Carolina In Sight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/legislative-and-broadband-relief-for-pinetops-north-carolina-in-sight/

Since August 2016, the small community of Pinetops has been on the verge of losing their best connection to the 21st century – high quality Internet access. The North Carolina Legislature has a chance to change all that this session with legislation that will carve out an exception to restrictive state laws that prevent a… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2016

Wilson’s Greenlight Provides Affordable Internet Access To Public Housing Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilsons-greenlight-provides-affordable-internet-access-to-public-housing-residents/

This post was written by Kate Svitavsky, an intern for the Community Broadband Networks initiative. Super-fast, reliable, and affordable Internet access is coming to residents living in public housing in Wilson, North Carolina. Greenlight, Wilson’s municipal network, recently began providing 40 Megabits per second (Mbps) for $10 per month to public housing residents — about… 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 Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2016

Wilson, North Carolina Forced to Turn Off Service to Rural Pinetops

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-forced-to-turn-off-service-to-pinetops/

Last night, Wilson’s City Council voted to halt Greenlight Internet service to the community of Pinetops, North Carolina. City leaders, faced with the unfortunate reversal of the FCC’s preemption of harmful state anti-muni laws, felt the move was necessary to protect the utility. Service will stop at the end of October. No Other Solution Before… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2016

Major Media Outlets Cover 6th Circuit Decision Limiting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/major-media-outlets-cover-6th-circuit-decision-limiting-local-authority/

Various Sources, August 10-11, 2016 A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks. In February, ILSR and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2016

For Rural Pinetops, Being A Gigabit Community Means Business In North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/for-rural-pinetops-being-a-gigabit-community-means-business-in-north-carolina/

Unless you live in a rural community, you probably assume becoming a Gigabit community is all about the miracles of speed. Speed is important, but so is Internet choice, reliable service, and respectful customer service. It’s also about being excited as you consider future economic opportunities for your rural town. Businesses Struggling With Old Services… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2016

Listen to the Lawyers: Audio of Oral Arguments Now Available in TN/NC vs FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-to-the-lawyers-audio-of-oral-arguments-now-available-in-tnnc-vs-fcc/

Attorneys argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 17th in the case of Tennessee and North Carolina vs the FCC. The attorneys presented their arguments before the court as it considered the FCC’s decision to peel back state barriers that prevent local authority to expand munis. A little over a year ago,… Continue reading