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

Understanding the Lifeline Program – Community Broadband Bits Episode #49

Date: 4 Jun 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The United States has long recognized that everyone should have access to a telephone and has established a variety of government programs to achieve that end. In recent months, the Lifeline program has come under attack and some have labeled it the “Obamaphone” program. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Sarah Morris joins us to … Read More

Even After Omaha, Communities Cannot Count on CenturyLink For Connectivity

Date: 3 May 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

CenturyLink is a massive telephone company struggling to remain relevant as we transition to mobile phones and require connections much faster than DSL delivers. Though the Omaha gigabit announcement may seem to be a monumental shift for this company, it actually is not. It is a blip on the radar – an important blip but a … 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

Carroll County Public Network Changes Education, Saves School Funds

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

Carroll County is a bedroom community, with a variety of economies all around it. Washington, D.C., Camp David, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Fort Detrick, and the Aberdeen Proving Ground are a few of the places surrounding Carroll County. There is very little major transportation infrastructure and no major waterways. Many of the county’s 167,000 people commute daily to … Read More

In Georgia, Monroe Muni Network Created Jobs, Lowered Bills

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

As we monitored Georgia’s HB 282, a bill to limit the capacity of local governments to invest in Internet networks that spur economic development, we learned of many existing networks that have helped communities to thrive. Brian Thompson, Director of Electric and Telecommunications in Monroe took some time to tell us a little about their city … 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

Harold Feld Talks Fundamentals of Telecom Policy on Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 12 Feb 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Community Broadband Bits Podcast recently published episode #32, a talk with Harold Feld of Public Knowledge. Harold is Senior Vice President of the organization which focuses on advocating for digital rights. Harold also authors Tales of the Sausage Factory, a blog dedicated to telecom policy, software, science, technology and writing. In the February 5th podcast, … Read More

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