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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Early Reactions to Anti-Competition Broadband Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-reactions-anti-competition-broadband-bill-kansas

Following the introduction of SB 304 to limit investment in Internet networks in Kansas, which we covered on Tuesday, we saw some early reactions from those who fear the bill will effectively stop new investment in networks, much to the benefit of the big cable and telephone companies already providing service. We quickly saw a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Bill to Limit Internet Investment Introduced in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-limit-internet-investment-kansas/

Kansas is the latest legislative battle ground in the fight to preserve local self-reliance. The Kansas Legislature is taking up SB 304 to limit local municipalities’ authority to invest in publicly owned networks. While the language of the bill states the purpose is to “encourage widespread use of technological advances” for video and broadband at… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2013

LightTUBe Financially Secure in Tennessee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighttube-financially-secure-tennessee

Tullahoma Utilities Board’s triple-play FTTH LightTUBe, began serving Tullahoma in 2009. The fiber network utility is paying off its city bond debt on schedule reports the Tullahoma News. The network’s income during the first four months of fiscal year 2014 is a positive $58,939. General Manager Brian Skelton spoke with Chris Mitchell in July 2013 and expressed… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2013

HB 286 Refined for New Hampshire Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hb-286-refined-new-hampshire-legislature

We caught up with Carole Monroe from New Hampshire FastRoads to get an update on what is happening in the legislature this sesssion. We reported last spring on HB 286, intended to allow local communities more decision making power. The bill did not advance last session, but new language may breath new hope into the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Jim Baller Returns for Vol 3 of Muni Network History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #67

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-returns-vol-3-muni-network-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-67

We are excited to continue our history series with Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Firm. This is Jim’s third time on the program, having joined us for Episode 57 and Episode 63. We continue our discussion with a recap of the events of 2004, including Jim’s work with Lafayette to find a compromise… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2013

Television Consumer Freedom Act Promises More Choices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/television-consumer-freedom-act-promises-more-choices

On August 14th, Christopher Mitchell and I visited Senator Amy Kobuchar’s office in Minneapolis. We arranged the meeting in coordination with Free Press and the Media Action Grassroots Network to talk with our Senator about the Television Consumer Freedom Act, also known as S.912. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are sponsoring this effort… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2013

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-discusses-municipal-broadband-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-57

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 31, 2013

Accusation of Corruption in Favor of Time Warner Cable in North Carolina General Assembly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/accusation-corruption-favor-time-warner-cable-north-carolina-general-assembly

Veteran North Carolina legislator Rober Brawley resigned as Chairman of the state Finance Committee, reports local WRAL. According to WRAL’s @NCCapitol blog, the Republican from Iredall read his resignation letter during a recent floor debate. He criticized Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, questioning Tillis’ ethics and accusing him of special legislative favors specifically for… Continue reading

Minnesota's Proposed Solar Energy Standard in Comparison
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2013

Minnesota’s Proposed Solar Standard in Comparison

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesotas-proposed-solar-standard-comparison/

Some Minnesota legislators are getting a little weak-kneed listening to utility lobbyists make hugely ironic claims about the cost of the proposed solar standard and thinking about how much solar this is. Time for some context. The originally proposed 10% solar energy standard might have been ambitious by national standards, but the current 4% by… Continue reading

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

“Level Playing Field” Padded With Public Dollars to Private Providers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/level-playing-field-padded-public-dollars-private-providers

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It’s easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent. In its 2012 Broadband Progress Report the Federal Communications Commission counted nearly 20 million Americans (the vast majority living in rural areas) beyond the reach of broadband. The… Continue reading