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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Missourian Tells Story of Rural Community Without Business-Quality Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missourian-tells-story-of-rural-community-without-business-quality-broadband/

Directly north of Springfield, Missouri, sits Hermitage, a rural community of less than 500 residents. With only a few more than 200 households in Hermitage, it isn’t surprising that none of the big incumbent providers want to install the infrastructure to offer businesses or residents high-quality connectivity. A recent Missourian article described what it’s like for businesses in… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2018

North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-dakotas-exceptional-fiber-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-288/

This is episode 288 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2018

Oconee County, South Carolina: Achieving Connectivity Goals Beyond AT&T Obstruction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/oconee-county-south-carolina-achieving-connectivity-goals-beyond-att-obstruction/

Most residents and businesses in Oconee County, South Carolina, used dial-up connections when county officials applied for stimulus funding in 2010; there were still people in the county with no Internet access at all. A few had DSL connections, but even county facilities struggled with antiquated infrastructure. After an AT&T attack upended their plan to offer… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2017

Community Of Coulee Dam Acquires Local Fiber For Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-of-coulee-dam-acquires-local-fiber-for-future/

The central Washington community of Coulee Dam took a significant step this month to establishing its own fiber optic network. At a December 27th special city council meeting, they announced that they had purchased one mile of fiber optic cable and equipment from Basin Broadband, LLC, for $34,995. According to The Star, the former owners… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2017

North Carolina Local Media Focuses On Frontier Failures

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-carolina-local-media-focuses-on-frontier-failures/

WLOS News 13 – December 21st, 2017 Local investigative news shows often earn a reputation for digging into scams and rip-offs that pick consumers’ pockets. In a recent WLOS News 13 Investigates segment, Western North Carolina’s ABC affiliate started asking some tough questions about Frontier’s Internet access service in rural parts of the state. A Comedy… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal Threatens Some States More Than Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/net-neutrality-repeal-threatens-some-states-more-than-others/

On December 14th, FCC Chair Ajit Pai and the Republican Commissioners voted to present a huge holiday gift to big ISPs by dismantling network neutrality, despite outcries from the American people. When we examined FCC data to determine how many Americans would be left without market protections from known network neutrality violators, the numbers were discouraging. Now… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2017

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-provides-southeastern-missouri-counties-with-fiber-to-the-home/

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

Resources to Combat Network Neutrality Repeal from ILSR

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/resources-to-combat-network-neutrality-repeal-from-ilsr/

The FCC is set to vote on whether or not to repeal network Neutrality under the deceptive guise of “Restoring Internet Freedom” on December 14th. Like others who study broadband and telecommunications policy, we’re distressed by the possibilities for the Internet and its users, should the Commission decide to repeal these protections. Because we use the Internet for so much in our daily lives, reversing network neutrality will give big ISPs like Comcast and Verizon undue power over what information we receive, our online business, and the result may negatively impact innovation. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2017

The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-fiber-future-is-cooperative-policy-brief-on-rural-cooperative-fiber-deployment/

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives’ fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2017

Lessons From the Nation’s Oldest Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 279

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lessons-from-the-nations-oldest-open-access-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-podcast-279/

This is episode 279 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Grant County’s Public Utility District was, along with some nearby PUDs, among the very first deployers of Fiber-to-the-Home networks shortly after the turn of the millennium…. Continue reading