Susan Crawford on National Public Radio

Date: 15 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“Unless somebody in the system has industrial policy in mind, a long-term picture of where the United States needs to be and has the political power to act on it, we’ll be a Third World country when it comes to communications.” Susan Crawford recently spoke with Dave Davies on NPR’s FreshAir. During the conversation Crawford touches … Read More

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

Date: 11 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a webinar … Read More

New Free Press Infographic: Stop the Corporate Cyclops From Gobbling Up Local Media

Date: 10 Nov 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When we think of the enormous cyclops we don’t usually imagine him in a suit and tie but the Free Press does and it works. In their recent Media Giants infographic, the Free Press uses the hulking one-eyed beast to represent corporate behemoths slowly taking control of our media through smaller shell companies. As media power … Read More

Stop the Presses: University of Chicago Discovers Regulation Works

On November 7 New York Times business columnist Floyd Norris writes about a study of a 2009 federal law intended to force down the hidden fees credit card companies impose on their customers. When Neale Mahoney, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, set out to evaluate the effect of that law, he … Read More

Crap Cable Threatens Cloud Services

Date: 24 Sep 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For my money, the best headline of last week was “The U.S.’s crap infrastructure threatens the cloud.” The rant goes on to explain just how crummy our access to the Internet is. As a patriotic American, I find the current political atmosphere where telecom lobbyists set the agenda to be a nightmare. All over the world, … Read More

Utility Shocked to Find It’s Already Dead

Date: 13 Sep 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s an increasingly shrill discussion among utilities (and from their own Edison Electric Institute) about the threat to their business from distributed energy, as their customers shift to getting their own power from local renewable resources.  Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die” – suggest changes to the business model are imminent as power … Read More

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

Date: 30 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the history … Read More

Verizon Caught Forcing Customers to Take Voice Link Service Across New York

Date: 15 Jul 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The war over keeping copper alive rages on in New York with more stealthy antics from Verizon. Stop the Cap! now reports that, rather than wait for a hurricane to take out the copper lines in the Catskills, it will quietly shift seasonal home owners to VoiceLink as they request reconnection. Stop the Cap! also published … Read More

IP Transition Catches Fire Island – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #52

Date: 25 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We welcome Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge back to the show to discuss the latest update in the so-called IP Transition. Back in episode 32, Harold explained the five fundamental protections needed for our telecommunications system. Today he returns to discuss the ways in which some of the islands devastated by Sandy are … Read More

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