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

Despite Intense Bipartisan Opposition, Virginia’s Anti-Municipal Broadband HB 2108 Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-intense-bipartisan-opposition-virginias-anti-municipal-broadband-hb-2108-passes/

On February 7th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 72 – 24 to pass HB 2108, otherwise known as “Byron’s Bad Broadband Bill.” The text of the bill was a revised version substituted by Del. Kathy Byron after Governor Terry McAuliffe, local leaders across the state, and constituents very handily let her know that they… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Aid Connectivity In Nelson County, VA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-development-block-grants-aid-connectivity-in-nelson-county-va/

This article was written by Community Broadband Networks initiative intern, Kate Svitavsky. Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is typically funded with revenue grants, interdepartmental loans, or through avoided costs at the local level. Part of the planning and infrastructure costs, however, can sometimes be covered by state and federal grants known as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)…. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2017

Google And Netflix Join Fight Against Virginia Municipal Broadband Restrictions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-and-netflix-join-fight-against-virginia-municipal-broadband-restrictions/

ArsTechnica – January 25, 2017

Google and Netflix joined a handful of advocacy groups and other companies lobbying against a proposed Virginia state law that would make it far more difficult for municipalities to offer Internet service. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2017

Analysis: Bills In VA. And MO. Would Double Down On Banning Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/analysis-bills-in-va-and-mo-would-double-down-on-banning-municipal-broadband/

The Daily Yonder – January 23, 2017

Legislation proposed in Virginia and Missouri would tighten the noose that restricts local governments from creating broadband options. In Virginia, the bill comes from a state delegate with strong ties to the telecommunications industry and with ALEC, the national advocacy group that wrote similar laws for other states.

A Virginia state delegate who has received contributions from six telecommunications corporations has introduced a bill to place further restrictions on municipal broadband. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2017

Press Release: Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-virginia-bill-seeks-to-limit-municipal-authority/

Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act” Would Limit Municipalities’ Ability to Connect Their Residents Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The latest chapter in efforts by the big cable companies to limit broadband competition just began in Virginia. The introduction of HB 2108, the “VirginiaBroadband Deployment Act,” by… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2017

Fact Sheet On Municipal Networks In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fact-sheet-on-municipal-networks-in-virginia/

The latest addition to our list of fact sheets focuses on Virginia: Municipal Networks Deliver Local Benefits. We noticed that municipal networks in the “Mother of States” have spurred economic development, saved taxpayer dollars, and improved local connectivity. A number of local governments in Virginia that have invested in Internet network infrastructure have attracted Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2017

State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-bills-to-block-municipal-networks-start-in-missouri-virginia/

With each new legislative session come the new bills from the incumbents aiming to limit competition. We typically expect at least one and begin looking for them early in January as legislatures begin assembling in state capitols; this year the anti-muni efforts begin in Virginia and Missouri. “Show-Me” Your Bill Missouri’s communities have been the… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-august-31-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Solar advocates win big victories in Nevada and Colorado and keep net metering policies intact. Michigan solar energy fight garners unusual advocates for distributed generation. Clean Power Plan drawing criticism from utility-funded reports. Exellon-Pepco merger thwarted by grassroots efforts.   Featured Stories: 5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating On Their Solar-Producing… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 14

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-14/

Whether You’re Red or Blue, You Should Love the FCC’s Internet Plan: This Tea Party guy gets it. Why don’t DC Republicans? by Susan Crawford, BackChannel He said (paraphrasing), “I want my freedom and I can’t stand the idea of government messing with our lives, and that’s why I like the Tea Party. But I… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2015

Dark Fiber Option Coming to Arlington Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dark-fiber-option-coming-to-arlington-businesses/

Arlington is finally ready to open up its network to local businesses seeking better connectivity, reports local news WJLA. The county board recently voted unanimously to allow providers to lease dark fiber from approximately 10 miles of the 59-mile network. They hope to spur economic development and entice ISPs to provide better connectivity for residents… Continue reading