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

Vote Expected Today on Blackburn Amendment Targeting Munis; Call D.C. Now!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vote-expected-today-blackburn-amendment-targeting-munis-call-dc-now

Last night, GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, introduced an amendment intended to destroy local authority for telecommunications investment by severely limiting FCC funding. The amendment, introduced during debate on H.R. 5016, targets 20 states, many with state-erected barriers already in place and/or municipal networks already serving local communities. The vote was postponed but is expected today… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-coalition-opposes-anti-muni-dc-legislation-time-call-your-rep

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the House. As we reported yesterday, it is imperative that concerned constituents speak out against two… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Call to Action: Tell Your D.C. Officials to Vote NO!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/call-action-tell-your-dc-officials-vote-no

H.R. 4752 from Rep Latta (R-OH) will be brought up in the House, likely as an appropriations rider, some time within the next few days. In the past several months, the municipal network movement has made great strides. If passed, this bill’s content can be a significant setback. We encourage you to call the D.C…. Continue reading

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

GovTech Reports on Broadband Legislation in Five States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/govtech-reports-broadband-legislation-five-states

Broadband is a topic of interest in several state legislative chambers this session. In a recent Government Technology article, Brian Heaton focused on five states where community broadband is particularly contentious. In some cases, legislators want to expand opportunities while others seek to limit local authority. We introduced you to the Kansas anti-competition bill in January…. Continue reading

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

Bill to Boost Broadband in Minnesota Struggles in Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-to-boost-broadband-in-minnesota-struggles/

In a revealing video about the Internet access problem in rural Minnesota, Annandale City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp describes her town’s struggle with connectivity. The video is the latest in a series on the Minnesota Senate DFL YouTube page intended to shed light on the critical situation in the state. Hinnenkamp describes broadband in the areas… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 26, 2014

Home Security Firm ADT Opposes Kentucky Bill to Eliminate Landlines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/home-security-firm-adt-opposes-kentucky-bill-eliminate-landlines

In February, we reported on another attempt by AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell, to eliminate plain old telephone service (POTS) in Kentucky. According to Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group, AT&T’s SB 99 is quickly moving ahead and may even be up for a full House vote at any time. Kentucky has fought… Continue reading

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

Tennessee Legislature Considers Four Pro-Muni Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-legislature-considers-four-pro-muni-bills

Even though there are several publicly owned networks in Tennessee, existing state statutes create barriers discouraging investment. This year, there is a movement at the state Capitol that may change the environment. The Jolt Digest and CivSource recently reported that four bills aimed at expanding municipal networks in Tennessee have strong support in Nashville. These… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2014

New Hampshire’s Bill Would Allow Munis to Bond for Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshires-bill-would-allow-munis-bond-open-access

A recent in-depth article from the Keene Sentinel updates us on the status of New Hampshire’s HB 286, which would expand bonding authority for local governments. New Hampshire law currently restricts bonding authority for Internet infrastructure to towns with no access to the Internet, but nearly all communities have at least some slow broadband access… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2014

Utah Senate Bill Attacking UTOPIA on the Fast Track: SB190

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utah-senate-bill-attacking-utopia-fast-track-sb190

UPDATE: According to Pete Ashdown, the amendment has been pulled. Stay vigilant, these things rarely just go away. We reported earlier this month that UTOPIA was once again facing legislative attack at the state level in the form of HB60. While the House has focused on other issues, the Utah Senate is launching its own… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2014

Big Incumbents At It Again In Kentucky; Mimi Pickering in the Richmond Register

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/big-incumbents-it-again-kentucky-mimi-pickering-richmond-register

Yet again, lobbyists from AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell are lobbying state elected officials under the false guise of improving communications in Kentucky. In a Richmond Register opinion piece, Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group revealed the practical consequences of Senate Bill 99. Republican Senator Paul Hornback is once again the lead sponsor on… Continue reading