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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler To Depart Jan. 20, 2017

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fcc-chairman-tom-wheeler-to-depart-jan-20-2017/

Chairman Tom Wheeler will be stepping down as FCC Chairman as of January 20, 2017; the day President Obama leaves office. The decision is not surprising, as FCC chairmen typically leave their position when a new administration takes the helm, but Wheeler had not yet made it official. His departure emphasizes the apprehensive uncertainty that… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2016

Local Internet Authority “A-Number One” Priority For Congress, Says Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-internet-authority-a-number-one-priority-for-congress-says-wheeler/

“A-number one importance.” On September 15th, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee gathered to discuss FCC oversight and telecommunications issues. Among those issues, the Committee discussed municipal networks. Senator Cory Booker (D – NJ) asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to provide his thoughts on how important it is that Congress takes action. The matter… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2015

iTV-3 Increases Speeds for Free on UC2B Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/itv-3-increases-speeds-for-free-on-uc2b-network/

As the FCC works to update current policy to encourage ubiquitous Internet access and adoption, community networks are also taking an active role. Earlier this month, customers of iTV-3 received a boost in speed with no increase in price. iTV-3, a community minded local provider, chose to make the change in order to ensure all… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Opelika Speaks From Experience: Support Local Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opelika-speaks-from-experience-support-local-authority/

Opelika has offered FTTH to residents and businesses for less than six months but already it is singing the praises of local choice. Mayor Gary Fuller is now speaking out in an opinion piece in AL.com, encouraging the FCC to allow Wilson, Chattanooga, and other communities to have the same opportunity as Opelika. Mayor Fuller… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2015

Municipal Networks and Small ISP Partners to FCC: Title II Not a Problem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/municipal-networks-and-small-isp-partners-to-fcc-title-ii-not-a-problem/

A group of municipal leaders and their private sector small ISP partners submitted an ex parte filing with the FCC today stating that they see no reason to fear Title II reclassification of Internet access. The statement, signed by a variety of towns and providers from different areas of the country is reproduced in full:… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority-2/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Supporters Rally Behind Wheeler, Chattanooga, and Wilson: “I Recommend Approval”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/supporters-rally-behind-wheeler-chattanooga-and-wilson-i-recommend-approval/

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement yesterday supporting the concept of local authority for community broadband infrastructure. Chattanooga and Wilson filed petitions to scale back state restrictions last summer. In his statement, Wheeler officially recommended the Commission approve the petitions. If approved, the petitions have the potential to liberate local communities from state restrictions.  Along with… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Wheeler Praises Lafayette’s Network Deployment at NATOA Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wheeler-praises-lafayettes-network-deployment-at-natoa-conference/

At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler praised Lafayette, Louisiana, home of muni LUS Fiber, during his keynote address.  Wheeler addressed a variety of issues, including wireless broadband, the drive to increase competition, and a thoughtful transition to IP based 911 service. While… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 3, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-3-2014/

“The Times, they are a-changin” quoted Chairman Wheeler this week in St. Paul. And with it, must come faster Internet speeds if the United States is going to keep up in the competitive economy. Multichannel’s John Eggerton reported on Wheeler’s visit to the National Association of Telecommunications Officer and Advisors (NATOA) conference this week, where… Continue reading