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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks' impact on life at the local level. Lisa has worked in politics, education, and as a freelance journalist. In addition to her contributions at ILSR.org, Lisa writes for MuniNetworks.org and produces the Broadband Bits podcast. More

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/voters-approve-local-telecommunications-authority-montrose-colorado

By a 3,982 in favor and 1,397 opposed, the voters in Montrose decided on April 1st to take back local authority for telecommunications services. The state revoked the community’s ability to establish a telecommunications utility in 2005.  Jim Branscome covered the election results in the Daily Yonder. Branscome, a resident of Montrose, knows the local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Crain’s New York Business: New York City Conduit Jam Packed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crains-new-york-business-new-york-city-conduit-jam-packed

Crain’s New York Business recently published an article on the crowded conduit under New York City. The article complements the April 7 edition of This Week in Crain’s New York podcast, hosted by Don Mathisen. Empire City Subway (ECS), the crumbling subterranean network of conduit for telephone wires constructed in 1888, is so crowded underground… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2014

Diffraction Analysis Offers Free Webinar on FTTH, April 15th, 11 a.m. Central

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/diffraction-analysis-offers-free-webinar-ftth-april-15th-11-am-central

On April 15th, Benoit Felten and his organization, Diffraction Analysis, will host a free webinar to discuss results from their latest study. The study, Why Consumers Love FTTH – The FTTH Consumer Experience Study, delves into the fiber experience in Sweden. Here are some preliminary findings from the report: In Sweden a huge majority FTTH… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 11, 2014

Gothenburg Considering FTTH in Nebraska, Survey Responses Needed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gothenburg-considering-ftth-nebraska-survey-responses-needed

As the “Pony Express Capital of Nebraska,” Gothenburg understands the value of speed. City leaders are now investigating the possibility of bringing a FTTH network to the community. Initiative leaders are asking the town’s 3,500 residents to complete a broadband survey before April 15th. According to a recent article in the Gothenburg Times, local schools will soon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2014

Consumerist Sounds Off on Internet Essentials and Comcast’s Hidden Agenda

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/consumerist-sounds-internet-essentials-and-comcasts-hidden-agenda

In a Consumerist article, Kate Cox takes a look at who is benefitting the most from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program and – guess what – it is Comcast. The program has brought Internet access to a number of people who may not otherwise have been able to get online and that’s a good thing. According… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connectarlington-offer-dark-fiber-services-local-businesses-virginia

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

City of Urbana Passes Resolution Supporting FCC Section 706 Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-urbana-passes-resolution-supporting-fcc-section-706-authority

The Illinois community of Urbana, home of UC2B, recently passed a resolution in favor of FCC’s section 706 authority. The community’s fiber project is bridging the digital divide in this community of 41,000. On March 17, the City Council voted unanimously to support the FCC as it considers action to discourage, prevent, and remove state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2014

Blandin Webinar on Minnesota Broadband Grants Now Archived and Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blandin-webinar-minnesota-broadband-grants-now-archived-and-available

The Blandin Foundation held an informative webinar on March 13 that is now ready for viewing.  If you were not able to attend the webinar, this is a great opportunity to learn more about grants available through the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP). There are six active programs that focus on broadband. Mary Magnuson from… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

GovTech Covers Famous Free Wi-Fi in Oklahoma

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-oklahoma

Ponca City’s free Wi-Fi has attracted attention over the years. A recent article in Government Technology focuses on the free Wi-Fi service and reveals the secret behind Ponca City’s jewel – their municipal fiber network.  From the article: So what makes Ponca City’s wireless network a long-term success, and what suggestions do city officials have… Continue reading