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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 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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2014

In Fear of Comcast Warner Cable

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fear-comcast-warner-cable

It is hard to say just how bad of an idea it is for us to allow Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable. This is not just about consumers having to pay more, which they do every time we allow massive consolidation, but about access to information. I can’t help but think back to our… 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 admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2013

Industry Lobbyists Oppose Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Proposal – Part 2

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/industry-lobbyists-oppose-gigabit-communities-race-top-proposal-part-2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series discussing comments submitted to the FCC in response to a petition filed by Fiber-To-The-Home Council proposing a new Gigabit Community Race to the Top program. In Part 1 of this post, I focused mainly on the complaints filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) against… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2013

Surprise! Industry Lobbyists Oppose Gigabit Community Race to the Top Proposal – Part 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/surprise-industry-lobbyists-oppose-gigabit-community-race-top-proposal-part-1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series discussing comments submitted to the FCC in response to a petition filed by Fiber-To-The-Home Council proposing a new Gigabit Community Race to the Top program. The Fiber-To-The-Home Council (FTTHC) recently submitted a proposal to the FCC to create a Gigabit Communities “Race to the Top” program. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2013

AT&T Lobbying Likely to Increase Wisconsin School, Library Telecom Costs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-lobbying-likely-increase-wisconsin-school-library-telecom-costs

The University of Wisconsin recently withdrew from its contract with WiscNet, threatening the future of the network. Stop the Cap! reports the University bowed under pressure from Republican lawmakers and threats of litigation from the likes of AT&T, CenturyLink, and the Wisconsin State Telecom Association (WSTA). Costly litigation could interrupt UW’s research and educational work and UW must… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 5 Comments | Updated on Jan 3, 2013

The Empire Lobbies Back: How Big Cable Killed Competition in North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/killing-competition-nc/

After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting network was recently examined in a case study by Todd O’Boyle and Christopher Mitchell titled Carolina’s Connected Community: Wilson Gives… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2012

Public Service Commissioner Calls Mississippi Gov "Coin-Operated"

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/public-service-commissioner-calls-mississippi-gov-coin-operated

We have watched in growing horror as AT&T and other telco lobbyists have gone from state to state gutting telecommunications oversight. In several states, you no longer have an absolute right to a telephone – the companies can refuse to serve you if they so choose. We tip our hat to Phil Dampier at Stop… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2012

How AT&T and Time Warner Cable Pass Anti-Competition Broadband Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-att-and-time-warner-cable-pass-anti-competition-broadband-bills

In keeping with our coverage of states that revoke local authority to prevent AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and the like from having to deal with any actual competition, we want to highlight the video below that explains how a modern bill becomes a law. It ain’t like it used to be and it doesn’t have… Continue reading