Verizon Plans to Abandon Copper Wires In Islands Damaged by Sandy

Date: 19 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Victims of Sandy are still recovering from the killer storm that ripped through the east coast last year. Two places hardest hit by the “Frankenstorm” were Fire Island, New York and the Barrier Island in New Jersey. In addition to homes and property, residents lost phone and Internet communications when telephone wires went down. They are … Read More

AT&T and ALEC Take Aim at Connecticut for Third Year in a Row

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

StopTheCap! reports there are three bills in the Connecticut General Assembly that, if passed, will leave little or no protections for customers of plain old telephone service who encounter difficulties with service. AT&T and ALEC back these bills for the third year in a row. Such bills are not new to our readers who often see … Read More

Kentucky Preserves Basic Telephone Protections Despite AT&T Predation

Date: 30 Apr 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this year we reported on SB 88 in the Kentucky legislature. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Paul Hornback and authored by AT&T, would have eliminated the “carrier of last resort” requirement and reduced consumer protections. A similar bill in 2011 was also defeated by a coalition of public interest groups. This is one of … Read More

Kentucky Coalition Takes Down AT&T Bill to Remove Consumer Phone Protections – Community Broadband Bits #44

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

Episode #44 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast expands on our story exploring a major victory over bad AT&T-driven legislation in Kentucky. We welcome Mimi Pickering of Appalshop and Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council. We discuss why the AT&T-authored bill to gut consumer protections was bad for Kentucky and how a terrific coalition of … Read More

“Level Playing Field” Padded With Public Dollars to Private Providers

Date: 2 Apr 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It’s easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent. In its 2012 Broadband Progress Report the Federal Communications Commission counted nearly 20 million Americans (the vast majority living in rural areas) beyond the reach of broadband. The Free … Read More

Kentuckians Once Again Fighting to Keep Landlines

Date: 22 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last year, we reported on the failed SB 135, which would have eliminated the “carrier of last resort” requirement in the state. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Paul Hornback would have let AT&T decide who could receive basic telephone service and would have limited consumer protections. Last year’s bill did not become law, but a … Read More

Susan Crawford and Bill Moyers Discuss Internet Access in America

Date: 17 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Susan Crawford sat down with Bill Moyers to talk about Internet access in America. The two touch on net neutrality, the digital divide, and how access is now a critical component to our economic development. In the words of Bill Moyers, “This is pretty strong stuff.” Bill and Susan also talk about how we have come … Read More

The Five Fundamentals for Future Telecommunications – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #32

Date: 5 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, is back on Community Broadband Bits to discuss five fundamental rules necessary to ensure we have a great telecommunications system that benefits everyone. Harold first appeared on our show in episode 23. Harold explains the Five Fundamentals here and includes a link to their full filing [pdf]. In … Read More

MN House Committee Learns About the PUC/Broadband Relationship

Date: 31 Jan 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We want to thank Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation for getting out and reporting on many events dealing with telecommunications. We know we can rely on her to faithfully share her findings via the Bladin on Broadband blog. Last week, Ann attended the Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives. … Read More

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