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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

CBS Atlanta Asks Tough Questions of Georgia Anti-Community Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cbs-atlanta-asks-tough-questions-georgia-anti-community-broadband-bill

We finally see television news outlets asking the tough questions of bill pushed by powerful cable and telephone companies to prevent giving residents a real choice in cable and Internet service providers. We been covering this Georgia bill closely, and were glad to see this segment: CBS Atlanta 46 The segment makes an error in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

New Hampshire Legislation Would Spur Internet Network Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshire-legislation-would-spur-internet-network-investment

New Hamsphire FastRoads is making significant strides in connecting residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions in the southwestern section of the state. FastRoads is funded by a combination of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, private donations, and funds from local communities. While the network is certainly making progress and scheduled for completion this… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

“The Monopoly Magnate”

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

ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical hurdles. As the bill is heavily lobbied by incumbent telecom giants, local leaders make the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2013

CBS Discovers Chattanooga Has Nation-Leading Internet Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cbs-discovers-chattanooga-has-nation-leading-internet-network

Chattanooga has made the national TV news, with CBS doing a segment about America’s best Internet network – owned and operated by the city of Chattanooga. They make a few minor mistakes – Chattanooga is one of several cities that have made gigabit available to everyone (including Bristol VA and TN; Morristown, TN; Lafayette, LA;… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2013

Carole Monroe Explains New Hampshire’s Fast Roads Initiative – Community Broadband Bits #36

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/carole-monroe-explains-new-hampshires-fast-roads-initiative-community-broadband-bits-36

The New Hampshire Fast Roads Initiative is bringing great Internet access to rural New Hampshire. Project CEO Carole Monroe joined us for this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast. Fast Roads is the culmination of years of local organizing and several efforts to improve access to the Internet in the region. The project is already benefiting… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2013

Moving From an Age of Internet Scarcity to Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/moving-age-internet-scarcity-abundance

The Seattle Times has published an opinion piece I wrote about the need to move from Internet access business models based on scarcity to those based on abundance. Many of us have grown accustomed to the speeds offered by modern cable networks. They aren’t particularly speedy, but we are used to them. When we find… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2013

Freedom to Connect Starts Monday, March 4

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/freedom-connect-starts-monday-march-4

Freedom to Connect starts on Monday morning, March 4, at 9 AM EST and should not be missed. If you cannot make the live event in Silver Spring, Maryland, you can join from afar. That’s right, there will be a livestream and for a $25 fee, you can join the backchannel discussion. This conference has… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2013

Community Leaders Testify Against HB 282, Bill Passes Anyway

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-leaders-testify-against-hb-282-bill-passes-anyway

Community leaders from several Georgia cities made the trek to Atlanta to oppose HB 282 on Thursday, February 28th. Opposition to this bill to limit investment in Internet networks includes community leaders, high tech companies, and citizens all over the state. Nevertheless, legislators on the House Energy, Utilities, and Telecom Committee chose to ignore the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2013

High Tech Companies Oppose Bill to Limit Internet Investment in Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/high-tech-companies-oppose-bill-limit-internet-investment-georgia

Several high tech companies and trade associations have sent a joint letter to Georgia legislators to oppose HB 282, a bill designed to limit investment in Internet Networks. The letter has already been signed by Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Atlantic Engineering, Gigabit Squared, OnTrac, FTTH Council, American Public Power Association, NATOA, SEATOA, Utilities Telecom Council, and the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2013

Three Unequal Options for Local Energy Control

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unequal-options-local-energy-control/

If we ignore self-generation, three policies are at the center of increasing local control of energy: deregulation (“customer choice”), municipal aggregation (“city choice”), and municipal utilities (“city ownership”).  Two recent articles highlight the relative value of these policies quite clearly. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Illinois, a nonprofit ratepayer advocacy organization, just released a… Continue reading