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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 Sep 15, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 12

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-september-12

This week, you might have been tripped up by some infuriating “spinning wheels of death” on the Internet, but don’t worry, the slow-down was largely symbolic— at least for now. Fierce Telecom covered the Internet Slowdown Day protest on Wednesday, organized by “Battle for the Net.” It was designed to bring attention to what will happen… Continue reading

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Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 6

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-september-6

Chairman Wheeler chose the 1776 start-up incubator office as the backdrop for his comments Thursday that outline a new agenda for big telecom: Competition, Competition, Competition. IDG News Service Grant Gross reported on the chairman’s comments. “At the low end of throughput … the majority of Americans have a choice of only two providers,” Wheeler… Continue reading

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Community Broadband Media Roundup – Week of August 29, 2014

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-29-2014

“When private industry does not answer the call because of market failures or other obstacles, it is appropriate and even commendable, for the people acting through their local governments to improve their lives by investing in their own future.” ~ John McCain, 2005 Wait. What? Brendan Sasso from The National Journal brought up some excellent… Continue reading

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Rural Broadband Funding Webinar

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The FCC has made a $100 million fund available to organizations seeking to bring advanced telecommunications to rural America. The National Rural Assembly is hosting a national webinar to explain the criteria and application process. If you or your organization have a stake in expanding broadband in rural areas, you may want to consider this… Continue reading

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

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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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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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FCC Releases Notice of Inquiry on Broadband Progress

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  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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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