Amidst Fire Season, California City Devotes Relief Funds to Improve Communications Infrastructure

Date: 9 Sep 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For local governments, fast, reliable, and resilient Internet service is crucial for public safety communications. When flames engulf the region, relaying critical emergency information with speed is paramount. Seconds matter. It’s equally important for citizens to get timely information on the course of wildfires, receive alert notifications or evacuation orders, and be able to connect with friends and family. … Read More

Rethinking Rural Connectivity with Christopher Ali — Episode 134 of Building Local Power

Date: 2 Sep 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken and Sean Gonsalves, Senior Researchers with ILSR’s Community Broadband initiative, as well as Christopher Ali, an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Christopher discusses his new book Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity and recent news in the broadband policy space.… Read More

Report: Minnesota Communities and Local Providers Build Diverse Solutions for Affordable, Reliable Internet Access

Date: 29 Jul 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our new report Minnesota Broadband: Land of 10,000 Connectivity Solutions showcases the diverse range of approaches communities and local ISPs have taken to expand affordable, high-quality Internet access in Minnesota. … Read More

A Promising Model for Expanding Internet Access in Rural Vermont

Date: 24 Jun 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the exception of a handful of homes in the more densely populated communities of St. Johnsbury and Newport, the only choice for most folks living in the rural environs of the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont is between DSL and satellite. That’s all changing now thanks to one of the state’s nascent Communication Union Districts (CUD), enabled by a 2015 Vermont law that allows two or more towns to join together as a municipal entity to build communication infrastructure.… Read More

Biden Administration Decides Cities Should Not Use Broadband Dollars for Broadband

Date: 13 May 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Biden Administration signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which included, among many other things, multiple sources of funds for broadband infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Treasury was tasked with writing the rules of how local governments can spend the various funds. The Interim Rule has been published and it appears to significantly limit local ability to invest in needed networks. … Read More

Senate Testimony: Concentration is at the Root of Rural Distress

Date: 27 Apr 2021 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs invited Co-Director Stacy Mitchell to testify at its April 20th hearing on the state of the rural economy. Stacy spoke on why rural America is in crisis and attributed the widening gap between struggling rural towns and coastal supercities to the concentration of corporate and financial power.… Read More

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