38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

Date: 13 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to … Read More

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

Date: 10 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes … Read More

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

Date: 10 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes … Read More

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

Date: 3 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access … Read More

Los Angeles Times Supports Local Authority

Date: 23 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

President Obama’s recent appearance in Cedar Falls infused adrenaline into the debate about local authority for telecommunications decisions. As a result, some of the media outlets from large cities are now coming out in support of local authority. The Editorial Board of the LA Times published an opinion on January 21st supporting the notion of restoring local authority in states where laws prevent community decision making.

The Times recognizes that rural areas will benefit most from reversing these restrictions, that the restrictions need to be removed for us to compete globally, and that there are numerous municipal networks that are up to the challenge of improving connectivity. The LA Times also recognizes the value of public-private partnerships in New York and in other places where local government has forged productive relationships with the private sector.

Editors at the LA Times boil it down to one tenet:

Regardless, the decision about whether a local agency should get into the broadband business should be left to the people who bear the risk — local officials and the people who elect them.

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Missouri Bill Creates New Barriers to Community Networks

Date: 13 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Republican State Representative Rocky Miller began the new legislative session with a bill designed to yank authority from local communities that need better connectivity.  Even though the state already preempts local authority to sell telecommunications services and requires a referendum for … Read More

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