Electric Cooperative, County Collaborate To Expand Fiber-to-the-Home in Rural Virginia

Date: 16 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Prince George County, Virginia, and its electric cooperative recently entered into an agreement that will allow Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to certain areas in the county. The arrangement came after a successful pilot project that … Read More

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

Date: 8 Feb 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Community Development Block Grants Aid Connectivity In Nelson County, VA

Date: 6 Feb 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Google And Netflix Join Fight Against Virginia Municipal Broadband Restrictions

Date: 25 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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. Jon Brodkin of ArsTechnica cited the press release from our broadband research team in his coverage.… Read More

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

Date: 23 Jan 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“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,” writes Craig Settles for The Daily Yonder quoting our broadband research in his coverage.… Read More

Press Release: Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

Date: 17 Jan 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The latest chapter in efforts by the big cable companies to limit broadband competition just began in Virginia. The introduction of HB 2108, the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act,” by Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Forest) seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers.… Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of August 31, 2015

Date: 1 Sep 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

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