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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 Aug 18, 2014

Chris Mitchell In Burlington, Vermont on September 19th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-burlington-vermont-september-19th

Members of the Burlington community are hosting a luncheon on Friday, September 19th, to discuss ways to help keep BT local. Chris, as one of the leading experts on municipal broadband, will be leading the discussion. We have followed BurlingtonTelecom’s challenges and victories since 2008. The event is titled “How Do We Keep Burlington Telecom… Continue reading

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

Comcast Responds to “Break-Up” Call With Customer Service Rep

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-responds-break-call-customer-service-rep

Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer, Dave Watson, recently posted a letter on the Team Comcast employee site in response to the viral customer-retention call from hell, reports the Consumerist. In his letter to Comcast minions, Watson admits: The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-submits-comments-fcc-protecting-and-promoting-open-internet

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments to the FCC as part of its Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet proceeding. ILSR focused on the issue of paid prioritization, reclassification, and regulation of content. We also provided some examples of municipal networks that provide fast, reliable, affordable service and do not rely on paid… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2014

Oklahoma’s Sallisaw Passes Resolution to Support FCC As It Considers Preemption

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oklahomas-sallisaw-passes-resolution-support-fcc-it-considers-preemption

Sallisaw, home of DiamondNet, is the latest community to publicly express its desire to put telecommunications authority in the hands of the locals. On July 14, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners approved Resolution 2014-17 in support of the FCC’s intention to preempt state anti-muni laws. A Resolution Supporting Telecommunications Infrastructure For Local Governments WHEREAS,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-and-wilson-comment-period-open-tell-fcc-you-support-local-authority

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… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2014

Minnesota’s Lake County Fiber Network Begins Connecting Customers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesotas-lake-county-fiber-network-begins-connecting-customers

The Lake County fiber network is now serving a limited number of customers in northern Minnesota. According to the Lake County News Chronicle, the network’s triple-play services are lit and bringing better connectivity to Silver Bay and Two Harbors. About 100 customers in Silver Bay take service via the network; beta testers in Two Harbors… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

North Carolina Town Saves Public Dollars With Its Own Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/north-carolina-town-saves-public-dollars-its-own-network

On June 18 Holly Springs, home to approximately 25,000 people, started saving money with its new fiber I-Net. Last summer, the Town Council voted to invest in fiber infrastructure as a way to take control of telecommunications costs. Just one year later, the 13-mile network is serving community anchor institutions. After exploring options with CTC Technology… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Spencer Municipal Utilities Expands Upgrade to Fiber in Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spencer-municipal-utilities-expands-upgrade-fiber-iowa

Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU) in Iowa is expanding an upgrade project to bring fiber to approximately 2,000 additional premises. A little over a year ago, we reported on the switch from coax cable to fiber for 700 municipal network customers with no rate increase. According to the Spencer Daily Reporter, the original project is almost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Gigabit Network Expansion Moves Forward in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-network-expansion-moves-forward-longmont-colorado

Construction on Longmont’s fiber expansion will begin by August 13th, reports the Times-Call. TCS Communications of Englewood, Colorado recently signed an agreement with Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to deploy the gigabit network for $20,095,022. Completion is scheduled for 2017. A July 14th article on the project noted that LPC and TCS will complete construction… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Hudson Issues RFP for Broadband Needs Assessment, Business Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hudson-issues-rfp-broadband-needs-assessment-business-plan

Hudson, Ohio, located in the Akron area, recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a Broadband Needs Assessment and Broadband Business Plan. The community of 22,000 hopes to connect all municipal facilities, connect business parks, and eventually implement an FTTH network. A May 4 Hub Times article covered an April city council discussion to… Continue reading