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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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/circuit-court-fcc-you-can-restore-local-authority-build-community-networks

As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its Open Internet (network neutrality) rules as proposed several years ago. But the court nonetheless found that the FCC does have some authority to regulate in the public interest, particularly when it comes to something… Continue reading

georgia-bill-aims-to-limit-investment-in-internet-networks
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2013

Georgia Bill Aims to Limit Investment In Internet Networks

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

The Georgia General Assembly is considering another bill to limit investment in telecommunications networks in the state, an odd proposition when just about everyone agrees states need as much investment in these networks as possible. House Bill 282, the “Municipal Broadband Investment Act,” purports to limit the ability of public entities to invest only in… 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 31, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 6 – Cheryl Leanza of Progressive States Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-6-cheryl-leanza-progressive-states-network

Our sixth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features a discussion with Cheryl Leanza, broadband consultant with Progressive States Network. Cheryl has been very active in legislative battles at the state level, where she has helped to defend the public against anti-consumer deregulation led by AT&T, CenturyLink, and cable lobbyists. We touched on the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2012

South Carolina’s "Exceptions" To Anti-Community Broadband Law are Worthless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/south-carolinas-exceptions-anti-community-broadband-law-are-worthless

South Carolina’s H3508 has passed the legislature, been signed by Governor Nikki R. Haley, and has revoked local authority to build the broadband networks they need to create new jobs. Last week, we noted some of the coverage about the bill. After reviewing the language of the bill, we are astonished at how far the Governor and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2012

Legislative Alert: Oppose California’s SB 1161

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/legislative-alert-oppose-californias-sb-1161

Sean McLaughlin from the New America Foundation and Access Humbolt alerted us to HB 1161, an AT&T and ALEC driven bill to scale back state regulation of Internet services. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-SD20, San Fernando Valley) is a co-author of the bill, introduced in February and moving steadily forward. Sean tells us: On Monday, the… Continue reading

ilsr-examines-iowa-rule-authorizing-municipal-networks
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2012

ILSR Examines Iowa Rule Authorizing Municipal Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-examines-iowa-rule-authorizing-municipal-networks

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has recently posted an examination of 1999 Iowa Act Chapter 63, which expressly allows municipal networks: Section 1. LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the general assembly to specifically provide that cities of Iowa which create city utilities in the manner provided by law are authorized to provide on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2012

Recent Articles show ALEC and South Carolina Pushing to Limit Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/recent-articles-show-alec-and-south-carolina-pushing-limit-community-broadband

Community Broadband networks are increasingly getting the attention they deserve as an option for communities that want better, more accountable connections to the Internet. We have long been warning about an AT&T-pushed bill in South Carolina to make it even harder for communities in that state to build the infrastructure AT&T has long neglected. But… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2012

State by State Campaign to Gut Consumer Telecom Protections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/state-state-campaign-gut-consumer-telecom-protections

In most states, telephone companies are required to serve everyone and when there are problems with the service, the state can mandate that the company fix them. But AT&T and ALEC are leading the charge to let these massive companies decide for themselves who should have access to a telephone, taking state regulators out of… Continue reading