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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

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

Sallisaw: The First Muni Fiber Network in Oklahoma – Community Broadband Bits Episode 114

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sallisaw-the-first-muni-fiber-network-in-oklahoma-community-broadband-bits-episode-114/

Sallisaw is one of many small municipal FTTH networks that most people are not familiar with. For a decade, they have been quietly meeting their community’s needs with DiamondNet. For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we learn more about it in a conversation with Assistant City Manager Keith Skelton and Network Communications Supervisor Danny Keith…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2014

Oklahoma’s Sallisaw Passes Resolution to Support FCC As It Considers Preemption

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/oklahomas-sallisaw-passes-resolution-to-support-fcc-as-it-considers-preemption/

Sallisaw, home of DiamondNet, is the latest community to publicly express its desire to put telecommunications authority in the hands of the locals. On July 14, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners approved Resolution 2014-17 in support of the FCC’s intention to preempt state anti-muni laws. A Resolution Supporting Telecommunications Infrastructure For Local Governments WHEREAS,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2014

Get a Gig in Oklahoma: Rural Cooperative Deploying FTTH in Northeast Corner of the State

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/get-a-gig-in-oklahoma-rural-cooperative-deploying-ftth-in-northeast-corner-of-the-state/

The Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, serving a five county rural region, plans to begin offering gigabit service in its territory by the end of 2014. The cooperative has formed Bolt Fiber Optic Services to offer connectivity to approximately 32,000 homes and businesses. According to Light Reading, the infrastructure is funded with a $90 million loan from… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

GovTech Covers Famous Free Wi-Fi in Oklahoma

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-in-oklahoma/

Ponca City‘s free Wi-Fi has attracted attention over the years. A recent article in Government Technology focuses on the free Wi-Fi service and reveals the secret behind Ponca City’s jewel – their municipal fiber network.  From the article: So what makes Ponca City’s wireless network a long-term success, and what suggestions do city officials have… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Ponca City Fiber: Serving Businesses, Schools, and Offering Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ponca-city-fiber-serving-businesses-schools-and-offering-free-wi-fi/

Its extensive free Wi-Fi has brought Ponca City into the limelight but the mesh network did not appear overnight. The community effort began with miles of fiber network that provide connectivity and enable the mesh network financially and technically. Ponca City, home to 25,000, is located on Oklahoma’s north central border; Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

Oklahoma Free Wi-fi: Can Muskogee Follow Ponca City’s Lead?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/oklahoma-free-wi-fi-can-muskogee-follow-ponca-citys-lead/

Muskogee, located in east central Oklahoma, is considering free Wi-Fi across the community to boost economic development. As a model, community leaders are looking at Ponca City. A recent Muskogee Phoenix article quoted the Interim City Manager: “Our hope is that the public Wi-Fi initiative will distinguish us from other cities when it comes to… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2000

Wal-Mart Charged With Predatory Pricing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-charged-predatory-pricing/

In September, Wal-Mart was hit with three separate charges of predatory pricing. Government officials in Wisconsin and Germany accused the retailer of pricing goods below cost with an intent to drive competitors out of the market. In Oklahoma, Wal-Mart faces a private lawsuit alleging similar illegal pricing practices. Continue reading