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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Comcast’s Election Investment: Policy Brief On Seattle, Fort Collins, & Broadband Ballots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcasts-election-investment-policy-brief-on-seattle-fort-collins-broadband-ballots/

Comcast is doing its best to buy elections in Seattle and Fort Collins and this new report from the Community Broadband Networks team found out why: the telecom giant stands to lose millions in customer’s service if their preferred option loses at the ballot. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Press Release: Comcast is spending scared in Seattle & Fort Collins local elections, facing threat of competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-comcast-is-spending-scared-in-seattle-fort-collins-local-elections-facing-threat-of-competition/

Comcast Spends Big on Local Elections in Seattle & Fort Collins The telecom giant would lose millions in revenue from real competition, new ILSR report says Contact:​ Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Comcast has a lot to lose from competition in broadband Internet access. That’s why the telecommunications giant is spending big in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grassroots-broadband-groups-grow-across-the-u-s/

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 8, 2017

Data Collection: New Local Rule Helps Protect Seattle Citizens

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/data-collection-new-local-rule-helps-protect-seattle-citizens/

Seattle is the latest local government taking steps to protect citizens’ data. As of May 24th, companies with franchise agreements allowing them to operate in the city must obtain customer permission to sell personal data or browsing histories. The three companies operating in Seattle are Comcast, CenturyLink and Wave Broadband. Opting In vs. Opting Out… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2015

Seattle Grassroots Muni Initiative Kicks Off With Campaign Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seattle-grassroots-muni-initiative-kicks-off-with-campaign-survey/

Seattleites tired of waiting for incumbents to provide better services, have decided to launch a campaign to establish Internet access as a public utility. In order to get the campaign off to a strong start, the founding group has launched a survey to choose a name. Seattle has significant fiber resources in place, an electric… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 23

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-january-23/

We continue to see reverberations from President Obama’s speaking out in favor of municipal networks. The presidential nod sparked state lawmakers to propose bills, news organizations to write editorials, and to give communities a better sense of how they can take action locally. As Claire Cain Miller with the New York Times wrote in her… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2014

October Events in Washington State All About Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/october-events-in-washington-state-all-about-community-broadband/

Two events in October will bring Chris and other telecommunications policy leaders to the State of Washington.  On October 8th, the Seattle Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board is hosting Lunch & Learn: Chris Mitchell on community-owned networks and municipal broadband in Seattle. The free event will be held in Seattle City Hall at noon;… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 19, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-september-19-2014/

The media is picking up on Chairman Wheeler’s notice to big telecom: 4Mbps is not going to cut it anymore. Wheeler said speeds closer to 10Mbps should be classified as high speed. A good step, but by the end of this Media Roundup, you’ll be questioning what that paltry 10 Mbps can do for communities…… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/media-roundup-week-of-august-8/

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2014

Seattleites Want More Than Rhetoric in Quest for Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seattleites-want-more-than-rhetoric-in-quest-for-better-broadband/

In a recent SLOG post from the Stranger, Ansel Herz commented on Mayor Ed Murray’s recent statement on broadband in Seattle. Murray’s statement included: Finding a job, getting a competitive education, participating in our democracy, or even going to work for some, requires high speed internet access. I have seen people say online, “I don’t… Continue reading