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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2013

New Hampshire FastRoads Update

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshire-fastroads-update

New Hampshire FastRoads is leading the charge to connect the region. The project is funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, private donations, and contributions from local communities. We spoke with Carole Monroe, Executive Director, to get an update on this open access network in rural western New Hampshire. The first municipality to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Foreign Aid At Its Best

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

I support foreign aid because it reflects a willingness of rich nations to share resources with those less fortunate.  I criticize foreign aid because it tends to go from government to government, often encouraging corruption and wastefulness.  Or is driven primarily by self-interest, often undermining rather than nurturing a country’s independence (e.g. U.S. food aid… Continue reading

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Thomasville Removes Local Tax, Citing Strong Broadband Revenues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/thomasville-removes-local-tax-citing-strong-broadband-revenues

Thomasville is one of six cities served by Community Network Services (CNS) in rural southwest Georgia. We’ve covered Thomasville and CNS in the past, highlighting the benefits of reliable high-speed broadband in these remote rural communities. But one benefit we haven’t covered yet is quite remarkable – Thomasville residents have been paying zero fire tax… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

Postcard to Incoming FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/postcard-for-fcc-tom-wheele/

  As new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler begins serving the public, we want to welcome him with open arms and some good advice. ILSR teamed up with the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) to create a personalized postcard with ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell. We hope he will print it out, frame it, and place it prominently on his… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2013

ILSR and Collaborators File Comments in FCC’s E-rate Proceedings

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

ILSR, the Consumer’s Union, and Common Cause recently filed comments with the FCC as it examines E-rate. The agency’s Wireline Competition Bureau is currently reviewing the E-rate program for Schools and Libraries. The program provides funding from the Universal Services Fund to help schools and libraries pay for Internet access and other telecommunications services. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2013

Common Cause, Network Neutrality, and the FCC Come Together in Episode 73 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/common-cause-network-neutrality-and-fcc-come-together-episode-73-community-broadband-bits

We welcome Todd O’Boyle of the good government group Common Cause to our Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. He is the Director of the Media and Democracy program there, which recently released an explanation of network neutrality in comic form, which we discuss in our discussion. We also talk about the impression of municipal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Dublin, Georgia: Offering Connectivity to Businesses, Schools, Government Since 1999

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dublin-georgia-offering-connectivity-businesses-schools-government-1999

Dublin, home to 16,000 people, is also home to a network that snakes through the city and parts of Laurens County. In addition to a natural gas utility that serves the region, the city provides connectivity to two area school districts and local businesses. We contacted Guy Mullis, IT Director for the City of Dublin…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2013

Yes to Amazon. No to the Rest of Us.
Welcome to the New Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazon-rest-us-welcome-post-office/

The announcement that the US Postal Service will deliver packages for Amazon on Sundays came just a few days after a federal judge halted USPS’ sale of Stamford’s historic downtown post office.  The juxtaposition of the two events throws into stark relief the new Janus-like philosophy of the postal service:  a big hug to big… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2013

Mexican Village Takes Control With Community Cellular Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mexican-village-takes-control-community-cellular-service

“In Mexico we have a saying: ‘don’t ask to be breastfed!’” laughs local radio presenter, Keyla Ramirez. “We have the satisfaction of no longer having to ask them: ‘Please, come and install a service for which we’re going to pay you’.” One Mexican community is exercising its self-reliance muscle to create its own cell phone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2013

Los Angeles Wants Better Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/los-angeles-wants-better-networks

The City of Los Angeles has announced a confusing intention to release an RFP for a vendor to install a gigabit fiber network. A recent Government Technology article touches on the broad plan to build a massive fiber and wireless network to every public and private premise.  GovTech spoke with Steve Reneker, general manager of… Continue reading