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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2014

The Guardian Visits Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/guardian-visits-chattanooga

The Guardian recently ran an article covering Chattanooga EPB’s fiber network. The article tells the story of the birth of the network, the challenges the community faced to get its gigabit service, and how the network has sculpted the community. Reporter Dominic Rushe, mentioned how the city has faced legal opposition from incumbents that sued… Continue reading

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Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2014

Blackburn and Wheeler: Awkward Penpals

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blackburn-and-wheeler-awkward-penpals

Back in June, some sixty House Republicans led by Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn sent an open letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressing their “deep concern” with his support for community networks. They took issue with comments he made at a House Energy and Commerce hearing in May, indicating his willingness to preempt incumbent-sponsored anticompetitive state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

Internet Slowdown Day: Tell the FCC You Do Not Want Fast Lanes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/internet-slowdown-day-tell-fcc-you-do-not-want-fast-lanes

Depending on what websites you have visited today, you may have noticed the “spinning wheel of death” greeting you followed by a request to join on a letter in favor of network neutrality. September 10, 2014 is now known as Internet Slowdown Day. The idea is to demonstrate what your Internet experience may be like… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2014

ILSR Statement on FCC Call for More Competition: A Step In the Right Direction

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-statement-fcc-call-more-competition-step-right-direction

There is little doubt that our readers are aware of Chairman Wheeler’s remarks on September 4th at 1776, a start-up incubator in D.C. His message echoed what policy leaders have repeated countless times – competition is lacking in the world of broadband. Telecommunications has become a popular topic in the past few months as decision… Continue reading

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National Journal Traces Growth of Partisanship in Municipal Broadband Debate

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-journal-traces-growth-partisanship-municipal-broadband-debate

In an excellent piece titled “How Republicans Flip-Flopped on Government-Run Internet,” the National Journal outlines the disappointing political evolution of municipal broadband, from a bipartisan local choice issue to an anti-Obama Administration, pro-incumbent telecom, states’ rights issue.  It was not so long ago (2005, to be precise) that three Republican senators (John McCain, Lindsey Graham,… Continue reading

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Boulder Chamber Supports Ballot Measure to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-chamber-supports-ballot-measure-restore-local-authority

The Boulder Chamber of Commerce has come out in favor of ballot measure 2C, which would restore the City of Boulder’s authority to provide telecommunications services to its residents. From the Chamber’s website: City of Boulder 2014 Ballot Measure 2C – Affirming the City’s Right to Provide Telecommunication Services Colorado State Bill 152 precludes cities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2014

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-muni-fiber-net-maine-community-broadband-bits-episode-115

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the financing behind the network and their partnership with local Internet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 8, 2014

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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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2014

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