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Rebecca ToewsRebecca is ILSR's Communications Specialist.  For media inquiries, reach Rebecca by e-mail at: rebecca@ilsr.org Rebecca’s experience lies all along the media spectrum. Her communication focus originated in the news field, with more than seven years experience in newsroom settings and professional & university teaching positions. More

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – Week of August 22

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-week-august-22

As we move closer to a FCC decision to restore local authority, more lawmakers are coming out to back Wheeler’s comments on using Section 706 authority. This week Senator Markey and Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania issued a statement calling on Wheeler to take action.  Wheeler will need that kind of support to remove state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2014

FCC Public Comments Round Up

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-public-comments-round

The Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) on the FCC website has been working overtime in the last few months, so we decided this would be a good time to “Roundup” the various petitions that are open for comment regarding Internet rules, give a brief rundown of the timeline, and let you know how you can… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Department of Delusion: Comcast Takes Credit for Google Fiber, Unicorns, and Kittens

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/department-delusion-comcast-takes-credit-google-fiber-unicorns-and-kittens

In what can only be assumed as a fit of insanity or confusion, several dozen US Mayors came out Friday with a letter to Chairman Wheeler, praising Comcast and demanding that the cable monopoly be allowed to take over Time Warner Cable. Given that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are among the most hated corporations… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2014

Media Roundup: Broadband Around the Nation – Week of August 15, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-broadband-around-nation-week-august-15-2014

This week in Community Broadband coverage, Eldo Telecom is helping debunk some fiber fallacies. Blogger Fred Pilot responds to a typical Comcast claim that government should not compete with private sector telecommunications providers, saying the argument is economically false: “When the public sector steps in to build and/or finance telecommunications infrastructure, it does so because this… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 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.ilsr.org/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… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-week-august-8

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Community Network Media Roundup: Week of August 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-media-roundup-week-august-1

The effort to restore local authority in deciding whether or not to build a municipal fiber network is full speed ahead. On Monday, the FCC responded to petitions from Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC by opening up formal proceedings on the matter, and requesting people weigh in on the issue. Reporters from the Washington Post… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

Comcasts Invests in Theme Parks Rather than Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comcasts-invests-theme-parks-broadband/

While its network continues to offer last generation speeds at high prices and their customer service reps go viral harassing customers who try to leave their grasp, Comcast executives have decided it is time to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade… their theme parks. That’s right, as they shift call centers to the Philippines to… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

DC City Council embraces zero waste planning

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dc-city-council-embraces-waste-planning/

Last week, the DC City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill. ILSR helped win passage of both bills in collaboration with many environmental and civic groups. Neither bill is perfect but necessary for future development of zero waste programs in the… Continue reading