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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/history-quickly-subverted-1996-telecommunications-act-community-broadband-bits-episode-89

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2014

Being a Gig City: It’s All About the Upload

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-its-all-about-upload

This is the second in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. The first post is available here. It’s all about the Upload. If you are the owner of a small engineering business with dense blueprints to send to your European clients, or a specialized country doctor who depends… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2014

Cable Industry Dumps Dark Money into DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-industry-dumps-dark-money-dc

The Center for Public Integrity released data last year showing some of the ways big cable companies are distorting our republic by funnelling millions into political groups working to further the interests of massive corporations rather than local businesses and citizens. The head cable lobbying group, the National Cable & Television Association, collects some $60… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2014

High Speed in the Blue Grass State: Russellville’s Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/high-speed-blue-grass-state-russellvilles-gig

The Logan Journal recently reported that the Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) now offers gigabit service to local businesses. The article notes that Net Index, an online tool to measure download and upload speeds, recognizes EPB as the first Gig city in Kentucky. To learn more about the community and its network, we talked with Robert… Continue reading

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

Over the Top Video: A Peak or a Path Forward?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/over-top-video-peak-or-path-forward

About six months ago, I was quite bullish on advances in over-the-top (OTT) video making it easier for communities to build fiber networks because they would no longer have to deal with the challenges of securing and delivering traditional cable television channels. I explored these challenges in a recent post. OTT video includes Hulu, Netflix,… Continue reading

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

Meet Russellville, Kentucky’s Broadband Speed Leader – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #82

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/meet-russellville-kentuckys-broadband-speed-leader-community-broadband-bits-podcast-82

The municipal electric utility in [no-glossary]Russellville[/no-glossary] has launched Kentucky’s first citywide gigabit service on its FTTH network. Russellville Electric Plant Board General Manager Robert White joins us to share their motivations for building a fiber network. The utility had originally offered some telecommunications services over a wireless system but recognized the need for a more… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/circuit-court-to-fcc-restore-local-authority/

This article originally ran January 15 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. Our analysis zeros in on the Court’s take on local authority, an issue near and dear to our mission at ILSR.  As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Cox Ditches Cable for Fiber in Upscale Housing Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cox-ditches-cable-fiber-upscale-housing-development

John St. Julien covered this story last month, but I couldn’t resist amplifying it. Cox Cable, which has undoubtedly told hundreds of communities that they don’t need anything better than what it delivers over its cable network, has opted for a full FTTH in a wealthy new development in California’s Orange County. CED has the… Continue reading