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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2015

Boston Globe Profiles Lafayette; OpenCape Inspired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/boston-globe-profiles-lafayette-opencape-inspired/

 In a recent Boston Globe Opinion, Dante Ramos notes that Boston has a reputation as a technology hub. When seeking options and affordability, however, Ramos recounts the successful approach of Lafayette, Louisiana: Today, the top broadband speeds advertised to residential customers in Boston are about one-ninth of what’s available in Lafayette. A municipal network in… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2015

ALEC in Savannah: Local News Video Exposes the Corrupt Process of Lawmaking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/alec-in-savannah-local-news-video-exposes-the-corrupt-process-of-lawmaking/

We have reported on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past and stories about ALEC sponsored legislative retreats pop up in the news on a regulary basis. Most recently, NBC Channel 11 from Atlanta reported on the shadowy world of big corporate influence in Georgia. None of this will be new to anyone… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Public Private Partnerships: A Reality Check

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-private-partnerships-a-reality-check/

When Westminster, a community of 18,000 in rural Maryland, found itself with poor Internet access that incumbents refused to improve, it decided to join the ranks of a growing trend: public-private-partnerships between local governments and private companies to invest in next-generation Internet access. They are now working with Ting – one of a growing number of private… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/north-carolina-files-petition-opposing-fcc-ruling-to-end-anti-muni-laws/

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 10, 2015

Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/video-available-connecticut-gigabit-state-event/

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2015

Charles Benton, Champion of the Public Interest in Telecom, Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/charles-benton-champion-of-the-public-interest-in-telecom-passes/

The world of media education, communication policy, and philanthropy is mourning the loss of Charles Benton who passed away on April 29. He lived a long life encouraging and empowering individuals and communities to use technology to improve their quality of life. But beyond that, specifically working to remove barriers that discourage historically marginalized communities… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2015

Tale of Comcast Woe

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

Ideally, working from home allows one to choose the environment where he or she can be most productive. In the case of Seth that was Kitsap County in Washington State. Unfortunately, incompetence on the part of Comcast, CenturyLink, and official broadband maps led Seth down a road of frustration that will ultimately require him to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2015

Freedom to Connect – Long Term Muni Strategies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/freedom-to-connect-long-term-muni-strategies-3/

If you were not able to attend Freedom to Connect in New York on March 2 – 3, you can now view archived video of presentations from Chris and others. Now that the FCC has made a determination that may change the landscape of Internet access, it is time to consider the future of municipal… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2015

Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/key-passages-fcc-local-authority-decision/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689   Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC The Federal Communications Commission has released the order that allows Chattanooga and Wilson, as well as many other cities in North Carolina and Tennessee, to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2015

Can a Single Union Save the Post Office?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/single-union-save-post-office/

Let’s begin with the bad news. The U.S. Post Office, the oldest, most respected and ubiquitous of all public institutions is fast disappearing. In recent years management has shuttered half the nation’s mail processing plants and put 10 percent of all local post offices up for sale. A third of all post offices, most of… Continue reading