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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

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2015

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-community-broadband-networks-drive-nc-economy/

The Roanoke Daily Herald published this op-ed about local government action for broadband networks on September 25, 2015. We were responding to an earlier Op-Ed, available here. Christopher Mitchell wrote the following op-ed. It is stunning any legislator can look at the constituents they serve in rural North Carolina and think, “‘These people don’t need… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Opelika Speaks From Experience: Support Local Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opelika-speaks-from-experience-support-local-authority/

Opelika has offered FTTH to residents and businesses for less than six months but already it is singing the praises of local choice. Mayor Gary Fuller is now speaking out in an opinion piece in AL.com, encouraging the FCC to allow Wilson, Chattanooga, and other communities to have the same opportunity as Opelika. Mayor Fuller… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2015

USA Today Leadership Latest to Support Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/usa-today-leadership-latest-to-support-munis/

USA Today recently joined the growing list of national press to publicly support local telecommunications authority. In its February 16th opinion piece, the Editorial Board commented on the proposed rule being considered by the FCC that would allow local communities to chart their own course with no preemption from state legislatures: The FCC should stand… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Op-Ed: Baltimore Makes Smart Move with Fiber Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-baltimore-makes-smart-move-with-fiber-investment/

On November 25, the Baltimore Sun ran this opinion piece by me regarding Baltimore’s approach to expanding Internet access in the city. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently spoke the plain truth: “You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet.” This simple statement is the best explanation for why Baltimore is examining how it can use existing… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2013

Idaho Town Calls for Fiber Investment; Cable and DSL Not Good Enough

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/idaho-town-calls-for-fiber-investment-cable-and-dsl-not-good-enough/

This is the third time we have found an occasion to highight the community of Ketchum in Idaho. We previously noted their work on a strategic plan and that Cox cable was booted off the broadband advisory board after trying to sabotage the process with a push poll. Now the local paper has editorialized on… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Muni Network Debate in Charlotte Observer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muni-network-debate-in-charlotte-observer/

In a recent op ed in the Charlotte Observer, Christopher Mitchell delves into why North Carolina ranks last in per capita subscribers to a broadband connection. The state, through its legislature, is held hostage by large providers such as Time Warner, CenturyLink, and AT&T. David Hoyle, a retired Senator who admitted pushing bills written by Time… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2013

Moving From an Age of Internet Scarcity to Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/moving-from-an-age-of-internet-scarcity-to-abundance/

The Seattle Times has published an opinion piece I wrote about the need to move from Internet access business models based on scarcity to those based on abundance. Many of us have grown accustomed to the speeds offered by modern cable networks. They aren’t particularly speedy, but we are used to them. When we find… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Op-Ed: NC In Bottom of Broadband Barrel

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-nc-in-bottom-of-broadband-barrell/

Common Cause’s Todd O’Boyle and myself have just published an opinion piece in the North Carolina News & Observer to highlight the foolishness of the General Assembly revoking local authority to build broadband networks. Todd and I teamed up for a case study of North Carolina’s most impressive fiber network, Greenlight, owned by the city… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 13, 2012

Broadband is Essential Infrastructure for Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/broadband-is-essential-infrastructure-for-communities/

In August, we reported on the results of a report on UTOPIA by the Office of the State Auditor General of Utah. As you will recall, the results were less than favorable and presented more fodder for those opposed to municipal telecommunications infrastructure investment. The same old arguments often rest on the financial investment in… Continue reading