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

Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/voters-approve-local-telecommunications-authority-montrose-colorado

By a 3,982 in favor and 1,397 opposed, the voters in Montrose decided on April 1st to take back local authority for telecommunications services. The state revoked the community’s ability to establish a telecommunications utility in 2005.  Jim Branscome covered the election results in the Daily Yonder. Branscome, a resident of Montrose, knows the local… 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 Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2014

Georgia and Idaho Communities Pass Resolutions in Support of Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-and-idaho-communities-pass-resolutions-support-local-authority

Two more communities recently passed resolutions in support of local authority for broadband networks. We have written about Ammon and its open access network in southeast Idaho. The municipal network connects anchor institutions and wireless towers in the community of approximately 14,000 people. Chris spoke with Bruce Patterson, Ammon’s Technology Director, in Episode 86 of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2014

Chris Mitchell Hosts March 18th Webinar: Tech in The City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-hosts-march-18th-webinar-tech-city

On March 18th, our own Chris Mitchell will host a webinar that you don’t want to miss. Tech In the City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access will be an engaging discussion about municipal networks in light of the recent Verizon v. FCC decision. The court delved into the FCC’s authority, clearing up ambiguities from… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2014

On the Media Talks Cable Consolidation, Municipal Networks With Crawford and Baller

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-talks-cable-consolidation-municipal-networks-crawford-and-baller

The possible merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the FCC’s recent announcement to review state barriers have created a significant buzz in the world of telecommunications. Two recent NPR interviews with Susan Crawford and Jim Baller provide insight into how the merger may affect consumers and why a new light is shining on… Continue reading

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

Westminster and Chanute Pass Resolutions Supporting FCC’s Authority to Remove State Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminster-and-chanute-pass-resolutions-supporting-fccs-authority-remove-state-barriers

In light of the recent announcement, community leaders in Maryland and Kansas are rallying behind the FCC as it considers its authority under Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. In a show of support, the Westminster Mayor and Common Council passed Resolution 14-01, a statement in support of restoring and preserving local authority to build… 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 24, 2014

KKFI in Kansas City Interview Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle on Kansas Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kkfi-kansas-city-interview-mitchell-and-todd-oboyle-kansas-legislation

On February 13, KKFI Community Radio from Kansas City, Missouri, interviewed ILSR’s Chris Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle from Common Cause. Tom Klammer, host of the “Tell Somebody” show covered Kansas legislation SB 304 aimed at preventing municipalities from investing in their own broadband networks. Chris and Todd co-authored our 2013 case study, The Empire Lobbies Back: How… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2014

Montrose Asks Voters to Take Back Authority to Establish A Telecommunications Utility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/montrose-asks-voters-take-back-authority-establish-telecommunications-utility

Colorado communities continue to seek to restore local authority for telecommunications. In April’s election, elected officials of Montrose will ask voters to approve a measure that gives the municipality the right to establish a telecommunications utility. Centennial, a Denver suburb, approved a ballot initiative last fall to use city fiber resources as a way to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

FCC to Investigate Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-investigate-barriers-community-networks

We are supportive of the announcement today from the Federal Communications Commission. We salute the FCC for beginning to examine how state level barriers against municipal networks deter investment in the networks both communities and the nation desperately need. From the statement: The Commission will look for opportunities to enhance Internet access competition. One obvious… Continue reading