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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Tennessee Bills Send Message on Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-bills-send-message-on-municipal-broadband/

Next City – April 20, 2017 By Josh Cohen In a world increasingly reliant on high-speed internet for all facets of life, about 34 percent of Tennesseans lack broadband access. Two state bills were considered this year to remedy that. One would’ve allowed city-owned high-speed internet infrastructure to expand at no cost to residents. Another… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-tennessee-sends-broadband-accessibility-act-of-2017-to-gov-haslams-desk/

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk While Governor Haslam’s Signature Legislation Sounds Great, AT&T Will Be Laughing all the Way to the Bank Contact: Christopher Mitchell | christopher@ilsr.org   MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Late yesterday, the Tennessee Legislature officially sent Governor Bill Haslam’s signature legislation, the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017,… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2017

Working Partner Update: DoxiCom Global Inc. – Jackson, Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/working-partner-doxicom-global-inc/

DoxicomGlobal, Inc, started in 2011 by Sidney Wilson, Jr., sees itself at the young child with his finger in the dam stopping a flood and as a result great harm. The company’s mission is to reduce the flood of waste heading to the country’s landfills and incinerators. In 2016 they succeeded in diverting 30,000 tons from the waste stream for reuse by industry. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2017

Greeneville, TN: Electric Utility Powers Up School Internet Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/greeneville-tn-electric-utility-powers-up-school-internet-connectivity/

Greenville City Schools (GCS), which obtains Internet access via the state’s Education Networks of America (ENA), used to obtain cable connections from big providers that worked with ENA. Comcast and CenturyLink are two of the local providers that lease lines to the schools with ENA as the entity that arranged the connections. Not anymore.

GCS, ENA, and the Greeneville Light & Power System (GLPS) have entered into a new partnership to use GLPS fiber-optic infrastructure to bring Internet access to school facilities. As a result, the school will cut telecommunications costs by approximately $50,000 per year and double their capacity. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

State Needs Better Broadband, Not Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-needs-better-broadband-not-subsidies/

Knoxville News Sentinel – February 19, 2017

If you were tasked with improving the internet access across Tennessee, a good first start would be to examine what is working and what’s not. But when the General Assembly debates broadband, it frequently focuses on what AT&T and Comcast want rather than what is working. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2017

Tennessee Broadband Bill Is A Jackpot For AT&T, Junk For EPB

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-broadband-bill-is-a-jackpot-for-att-junk-for-epb/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam doesn’t want the public’s money to pay for publicly owned Internet infrastructure. He has no problem, however, writing a $45 million check backed by taxpayers and payable to the likes of AT&T in Tennessee. “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants” On Wednesday, Haslam introduced the… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2016

Major Media Outlets Cover 6th Circuit Decision Limiting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/major-media-outlets-cover-6th-circuit-decision-limiting-local-authority/

Various Sources, August 10-11, 2016 A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks. In February, ILSR and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2016

Listen to the Lawyers: Audio of Oral Arguments Now Available in TN/NC vs FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-to-the-lawyers-audio-of-oral-arguments-now-available-in-tnnc-vs-fcc/

Attorneys argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 17th in the case of Tennessee and North Carolina vs the FCC. The attorneys presented their arguments before the court as it considered the FCC’s decision to peel back state barriers that prevent local authority to expand munis. A little over a year ago,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2016

Op-ed: Next-Generation Networks Needed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-next-generation-networks-needed/

The Knoxville News Sentinel published this op-ed about Tennessee’s restrictive broadband law on January 9, 2016. Christopher Mitchell: Next-Generation Networks Needed Four words in Tennessee law are denying an important element of Tennessee’s proud heritage and restricting choices for Internet access across the state. When private firms would not electrify Tennessee, public power came to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2015

Who Has Citywide Gigabit Internet Access for $100 or Less?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/who-has-citywide-gigabit-internet-access-for-100-or-less/

As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where a majority of residents in a community can obtain gigabit service for $100 or less… Continue reading