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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2012

National Association of Counties Turns to Christopher Mitchell for Info on South Carolina Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-association-counties-covers-south-carolina-laws-restrict-community-broadband/

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently analyzed South Carolina’s new telecommunications laws and, like ILSR, finds the laws have the ability to delay or even stop progressing stimulus projects. Charles Taylor of the NACo interviewed several experts in the field, including Christopher Mitchell. Taylor found that two projects in particular are in the greatest… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2012

New Book Investigates How Big Companies Like AT&T Rip Us Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-book-investigates-how-big-companies-att-rip-us

A  recent book by David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print, examines specifically how big companies have found ways to take advantage of the tax and regulatory systems to their benefit and to the detriment of consumers. The sad part – we don’t even realize it. Johnston discusses how big companies and their leaders exploit tax rules to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 28, 2012

Wired West Survey Shows Demand for Better Broadband in Rural Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wired-west-survey-shows-demand-better-broadband-rural-massachusetts

We have closely followed the efforts of WiredWest, the collaborative project involving 37 (and growing) towns in western Massachusetts. The group is currently collecting pre-subscription cards to show support for the project. The pre-subscription results will also assist efforts to finance the project by documenting the existing demand. Plans for the 2,000 mile fiber optic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2012

Lafayette’s Community Fiber Video Discusses Local Benefits From Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lafayettes-community-fiber-video-discusses-local-benefits-network

The LUS Fiber network owned by the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, was profiled in this nine minute video from the FTTH Council Conference. LUS Fiber has been an inspiring network – overcoming tremendous opposition from Cox cable and AT&T (formerly BellSouth). It has long offered what I consider to be the best deal in broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

Municipal Network SpringNet is Great for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses

On September 11th, we interviewed Todd Murren, Director of SpringNet, for our Community Bradband Bits podcast. Todd told us the story of how travel giant Expedia, chose Springfield, Missouri, as the location for their call center and how SpringNet services them with its high capacity network. Expedia originally planned on working with a large national… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 14 – Bob Frankston

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-14-bob-frankston

Our fourteenth episode of Community Broadband Bits is an interview with Bob Frankston, who has made many important contributions to the development of both computers an telecommunications. His bio is here, but this is his present passion: My current interest is moving beyond the 19th century concept of telecom to community owned infrastructure. This would… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

We’re the NFL. We don’t have to care.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/were-nfl-dont-care/

Watching professional football these days reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine the telephone operator on Saturday Night Live and her famous punch line, “We don’t care.  We don’t have to.  We’re the phone company.” Or in this case the National Football League.  For those who don’t follow football, let me bring you up to date. … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2012

More Evidence for Looming Broadband Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/more-evidence-looming-broadband-monopoly

DSLReports has accurately noted the continued decline of competition between DSL and cable providers. Heck, it seems like no large company wants to invest in the future of broadband in this country. Verizon and AT&T have chosen to focus on wireless technology, resulting in less true competition. Cable (or FTTH if you are lucky to have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2012

Santa Monica Named Among Top 15 Government Innovators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-monica-named-among-top-15-government-innovators

Congratulations to the city of Santa Monica, for adding another award to their long list. On September 18th, city leaders announced that InformationWeek 500 named the city to the 2012 list of technology innovators. Santa Monica is among the Top 15 Government Innovators. The award specifically acknowledges the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) that uses… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, David Morris!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/happy-birthday-david-morris/

The fearless leader of our Minneapolis “New Rules Project” celebrates another great year today!  If you want to get in the spirit, check out his recently released Thoughtful Voters Guide to Same-Sex Marriage (available as a free ebook), his oldest online publication (from 1974) – Kilowatt Counter – A Consumers Guide to Energy Concepts, Quantities,… Continue reading