Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

Date: 23 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the only … Read More

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

Date: 15 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide detailed … Read More

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

Date: 9 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what it … Read More

Understanding the Wilson and Chattanooga FCC Petitions – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 110

Date: 5 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk about the petitions, some background, and interview Will Aycock from Wilson’s Greenlight Gigabit Network and Danna … Read More

Community Network Media Roundup: Week of August 1

Date: 4 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The effort to restore local authority in deciding whether or not to build a municipal fiber network is full speed ahead. On Monday, the FCC responded to petitions from Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC by opening up formal proceedings on the matter, and requesting people weigh in on the issue. Reporters from the Washington Post to … Read More

Chattanooga and Wilson Comment Period Open; Tell the FCC You Support Local Authority

Date: 29 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the communities of Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, filed petitions with the FCC. Both communities requested that the agency remove state barriers preventing expansion beyond their current service areas. On July 28, the FCC established a public comment calendar for the request. It is imperative that all those with an interest in better access … Read More

“Localism Over Consolidation” Discussion Streaming from New America Foundation

Date: 11 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you missed Chris in D.C. at the New America Foundation on May 28th, you can still catch the action via the archived presentation. Chris joined Joanne Hovis, Will Aycock, and Catharine Rice to discuss “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options.” New America Foundation writes: Today, more and more communities are thinking of … Read More

New York Times Covers Fiber and Economic Development

Date: 17 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a recent New York Times article, reporter Kate Murphy shined a light on fiber’s increasing role in economic development. Murphy discussed several of the same networks we have followed: Wilson, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Lafayette, LA; and Mount Vernon, WA. Murphy acknowledged that successful companies are moving from major metropolitan areas to less populated communities out … Read More

Being a Gig City: It’s All About the Upload

Date: 6 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is the second in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. The first post is available here. It’s all about the Upload. If you are the owner of a small engineering business with dense blueprints to send to your European clients, or a specialized country doctor who depends on … Read More

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