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ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

ILSR Co-Signs FCC Comment Endorsing More Open Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum

The Institute for Local Self Reliance has joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Open Technology Institute, in submitting reply comments to the FCC last week as the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC). The issue at hand is the FCC’s proposal of new rules for how to govern the 3.5 GHz band, a range… Continue reading

rockport-builds-maines-first-municipal-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rockport-builds-maine%E2%80%99s-first-municipal-network

Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider GWI offering retail services.  The reach of the network is limited, as it consists of… Continue reading

syracuse-mayor-calls-for-community-broadband
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2014

Syracuse Mayor Calls for Community Broadband

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

Syracuse, a city long frustrated by its lack of broadband options and in thrall to a monopolistic cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, is facing an even bleaker future. Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would shift Syracuse residents who need broadband from one of the two most hated companies in America to the other,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2014

Federal Study Confirms “Too Big To Fail” Gives Megabanks a Hidden Funding Advantage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/federal-study-confirms-too-big-fail-megabanks-hidden-funding-advantage/

When the country’s giant banks were teetering on the verge of collapse during 2008’s financial crisis, the U.S. government stepped in to bail them out. The banks were, in a phrase that has since become infamous, “Too Big To Fail.” Would the government do it again? And does the expectation that it would step in give megabanks an unfair competitive advantage over local community banks? Those are the questions at the heart of an eagerly awaited report released at the end of July by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal department. In a conclusion that highlights the need for more regulatory action to reduce concentration in the banking system, the G.A.O. found that the answers to both questions are “yes.” Continue reading

fiber-infrastructure-helping-turn-san-leandro-into-tech-hub
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Fiber Infrastructure Helping Turn San Leandro into Tech Hub

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-infrastructure-helping-turn-san-leandro-tech-hub

San Leandro, a Bay Area city of about 85,000 bordering Oakland, is in the news for its fiber optic infrastructure policies. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News describes how this post-industrial city is turning itself into a center for tech jobs and investment through cheap rents, streamlined permitting, and the ease and… Continue reading

denver-post-editorial-takes-aim-at-colorado-law-limiting-investment
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Denver Post Editorial Takes Aim at Colorado Law Limiting Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/denver-post-editorial-takes-aim-colorado-law-limiting-investment

SB 152, the telecom incumbent-supported Colorado law that restricts municipalities from building broadband networks or even partnering with other entities to do the same, is increasingly coming under fire. The City of Longmont passed a referendum to restore its local authority in 2011 and has started construction on a project that will make it Colorado’s… Continue reading

hamilton-ohio-connects-local-schools-with-city-fiber
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Hamilton, Ohio Connects Local Schools with City Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hamilton-ohio-connects-local-schools-city-fiber

Just over a year ago, we wrote about Hamilton’s plans to expand their extensive fiber optic infrastructure to offer services to schools and businesses in the area. Last month, the first example of such expanded services came online, with three area schools getting fiber optic internet connections through a partnership between the City utility and… Continue reading

fcc-releases-notice-of-inquiry-on-broadband-progress
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2014

FCC Releases Notice of Inquiry on Broadband Progress

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-releases-notice-inquiry-broadband-progress

Section 702 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to report annually on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The FCC kicked off its tenth such report on Tuesday by releasing a “Notice of Inquiry,” (NOI) in effect asking individuals and groups around the… Continue reading

missoula-releases-results-of-broadband-feasibility-study
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

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

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local… Continue reading

bozeman-kicks-off-broadband-planning-effort
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Bozeman Kicks Off Broadband Planning Effort

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bozeman-kicks-broadband-planning-effort

With a meeting on July 17th of city officials, local residents, institutional stakeholders, and technology consultants, Bozeman officially began its process of creating a master plan for its Broadband Initiative. The process will be lead by Design Nine, a consulting firm based in Virginia, and will include a survey of existing assets and needs, feasibility… Continue reading