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

Transcript: Community Broadband Bits Episode 110

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-110

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 110 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Will Aycock of Wilson and Danna Bailey of Chattanooga. Listen to this episode here. 00:15: Danna Bailey: When we have neighbors outside of our service territory who are specifically asking us to come and serve them, we… Continue reading

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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

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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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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Stafford Incinerator in Virginia Not “Financially Beneficial”

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The Regional Solid Waste Management Board that oversees the County and City of Fredericksburg landfill will not pursue a garbage and industrial waste incineration-gasification facility. The County received no bid that it considered financially beneficial to the County and City and dropped the project. StopTheStaffordIncinerator.com has submitted an FOI Request to obtain copies of the… Continue reading

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

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

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Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider GWI offering retail services.  The reach of the network is limited, as it consists of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2014

Syracuse Mayor Calls for Community Broadband

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Syracuse, a city long frustrated by its lack of broadband options and in thrall to a monopolistic cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, is facing an even bleaker future. Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would shift Syracuse residents who need broadband from one of the two most hated companies in America to the other,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2014

Community Broadband Bits Transcript – Episode 111

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-transcript-episode-111

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 111 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Hunter Newby. Jeff provides transcripts of some of our conversations but does not necessarily endorse ideas expressed. 00:15: Hunter Newby: It’s the difference commerce, you know, and the economy growing, and not. 00:20: Lisa Gonzalez: Hey there,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2014

Federal Study Confirms “Too Big To Fail” Gives Megabanks a Hidden Funding Advantage

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When the country’s giant banks were teetering on the verge of collapse during 2008’s financial crisis, the U.S. government stepped in to bail them out. The banks were, in a phrase that has since become infamous, “Too Big To Fail.” Would the government do it again? And does the expectation that it would step in give megabanks an unfair competitive advantage over local community banks? Those are the questions at the heart of an eagerly awaited report released at the end of July by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan federal department. In a conclusion that highlights the need for more regulatory action to reduce concentration in the banking system, the G.A.O. found that the answers to both questions are “yes.” Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2014

Fiber Infrastructure Helping Turn San Leandro into Tech Hub

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-infrastructure-helping-turn-san-leandro-tech-hub

San Leandro, a Bay Area city of about 85,000 bordering Oakland, is in the news for its fiber optic infrastructure policies. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News describes how this post-industrial city is turning itself into a center for tech jobs and investment through cheap rents, streamlined permitting, and the ease and… Continue reading