The DIGITAL Reservations Act: A Practical Answer to Tribal Connectivity Today

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the DIGITAL Reservations Act, a bill which ends the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) practice of selling wireless spectrum rights on the lands of Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations and grants ownership, management, and governance of all spectrum to those groups in perpetuity.… Read More

The Rural Tribal Priority Window: Expanding Internet Access to Empower Tribal Communities

Date: 4 Feb 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On February 3rd, 2020, the FCC opened the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window, a six month period in which federally recognized Tribes or Alaska Native Villages have the opportunity to apply for licenses to unassigned spectrum over their Tribal lands….… Read More

Washington State Island Community Gains Connectivity from Local Provider

Date: 26 Jun 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The San Juan Islands cluster in the most northwest tip of Washington state, off the coast of the cities of Bellingham and Anacortes, and just spitting distance from the Canadian border. Hitching a ride on a ferry boat is the only way to access this remote but beautiful chain. A little more than a third of the residents of the 20 islands are seasonal, and the islands’ median age is 55 years old, according to Rock Island Communications. Visitors and residents alike experience the rough weather, thick Douglas fir overgrowth, and rocky terrain one would expect from the Pacific Northwest coast. These environs make for beautiful vistas – the islands are considered a vacation destination – but less than ideal conditions for high speed Internet access.… Read More

Picks: Dayton’s Public Library, Philly’s Progressive DA; Tenn.’s Victorious Workers, Libertarian Socialism and more (1st Edition)

Date: 16 Apr 2018 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this first issue of the Weekly Picks from the Desk of David Morris, ILSR’s co-founder details stories of public library system from Dayton, Ohio; features the National League of Cities’ report on state level preemption; an innovative nonprofit in San Francisco’s interaction with the immigrant population; and much more…… Read More

Podcast: Limiting the Hype over Wireless 5G Technology, Exploring its Real Potential

Date: 27 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s been scores of hype around the potential of 5G and, while the technology certainly opens up possibilities, Eric and Christopher explain why much of that hype is premature. 5G networks have been touted as an affordable answer to the pervasive problem of rural connectivity, but like other wireless technology, 5G has limitations. Eric breaks down the differences between evolutions of wireless technologies up to now and explains what needs they will fulfill and where we still have significant work to do.… Read More

How This Small Oklahoma Town is Improving Rural Connectivity: A Road Trip to Sallisaw

Date: 1 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In rural northeast Oklahoma, the city of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, built a high-speed fiber network to their residents and then expanded Internet access their rural neighbors with fixed wireless. Sallisaw’s Internet department, DiamondNet, now serves about 2,600 customers in northeastern Oklahoma.… Read More

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