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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2014

Blackburn and Wheeler: Awkward Penpals

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blackburn-and-wheeler-awkward-penpals

Back in June, some sixty House Republicans led by Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn sent an open letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing their “deep concern” with his support for community networks. They took issue with comments he made at a House Energy and Commerce hearing in May, indicating his willingness to preempt incumbent-sponsored anticompetitive state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

National Journal Traces Growth of Partisanship in Municipal Broadband Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-journal-traces-growth-partisanship-municipal-broadband-debate

In an excellent piece titled “How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet,” the National Journal outlines the disappointing political evolution of municipal broadband, from a bipartisan local choice issue to an anti-Obama Administration, pro-incumbent telecom, states’ rights issue.  It was not so long ago (2005, to be precise) that three Republican senators (John McCain, Lindsey Graham,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2014

Boulder Chamber Supports Ballot Measure to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-chamber-supports-ballot-measure-restore-local-authority

The Boulder Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of ballot measure 2C, which would restore the City of Boulder’s authority to provide telecommunications services to its residents. From the Chamber’s website: City of Boulder 2014 Ballot Measure 2C – Affirming the City’s Right to Provide Telecommunication Services Colorado State Bill 152 precludes cities… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2014

Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-blazing-internet-speed-search-killer-app/

The New York Times, September 6, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A team of computer programmers here set out to learn how many cute kitten photos can be downloaded in one second on their Internet network, one of the fastest in the country. The answer: 612. A trivial pursuit? Perhaps. But when your city has… Continue reading

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Olivia LaVecchia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/olivia-lavecchia/

Olivia LaVecchia is a Research Associate with ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, and comes to ILSR with a passion for connecting the dots between public policy and people’s daily lives. Previously, she worked as a staff writer at City Pages, the alt-weekly paper of the Twin Cities, where she covered everything from the barriers an undocumented woman… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 4, 2014

SHLB Coalition Offering October Symposium on Anchor Institution Broadband Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shlb-coalition-offering-october-symposium-anchor-institution-broadband-deployment

On October 2nd in Washington, D.C., the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) will be hosting a symposium on “School-Library Partnerships and Other Anchor Institution Broadband Strategies.” Speakers will include FCC representatives, Obama Administration officials, and service providers such as One Community, among others.  The SHLB Coalition is a group of public, nonprofit, and… Continue reading

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Calls Grow for Community Network in Syracuse

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/calls-grow-community-network-syracuse

Last week, we noted some comments made by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner indicating her interest in a municipal broadband network and her promise to develop a plan for how to build it. Now it appears others in Syracuse are picking up her refrain.  Two columns appearing recently in the Syracuse Post-Standard offered support for Miner’s… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2014

Ellensburg Considers Muni Fiber Network Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ellensburg-considers-muni-fiber-network-expansion

Last year, we covered this central Washington city’s first foray into publicly owned fiber optics. The local incumbent, Charter Communications, began charging the city $10,000 per month for services it had been providing for free for a decade as part of its franchise agreement. Ellensburg officials did some quick math and realized that they could… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2014

Austin, Minnesota Releases Fiber Network Feasibility Study Results

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/austin-minnesota-releases-fiber-network-feasibility-study-results

Austin has been thinking about getting a gig for a while now. The city of 25,000 near Minnesota’s southern border had campaigned to be picked for the initial Google Fiber deployment, but was disappointed when Google selected Kansas City instead in 2011. As with some other cities around the country, however, the high profile Google… Continue reading