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home-security-firm-adt-opposes-kentucky-bill-to-eliminate-landlines
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

big-incumbents-at-it-again-in-kentucky-mimi-pickering-in-the-richmond-register
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

webinar-on-ip-transition-from-public-knowledge-and-center-for-media-justice
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-ip-transition-public-knowledge-and-center-media-justice

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a… Continue reading

franklin-county-alabama-task-force-investigates-internet-options
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Franklin County, Alabama, Task Force Investigates Internet Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/franklin-county-alabama-task-force-investigates-internet-options

In a reminder of just how poor telecommunications can be in this country, Franklin County in rural northwest Alabama has formed a Task Force to investigate how it can get something better than dialup. “The Internet has become an important as having electricity and water,” said Cole, an extension agent in Franklin County. “For our… Continue reading

crap-cable-threatens-cloud-services
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2013

Crap Cable Threatens Cloud Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crap-cable-threatens-cloud-services

For my money, the best headline of last week was “The U.S.’s crap infrastructure threatens the cloud.” The rant goes on to explain just how crummy our access to the Internet is. As a patriotic American, I find the current political atmosphere where telecom lobbyists set the agenda to be a nightmare. All over the… Continue reading

verizon-caught-forcing-customers-to-take-voice-link-service-across-new-york
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2013

Verizon Caught Forcing Customers to Take Voice Link Service Across New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-caught-forcing-customers-take-voice-link-service-across-new-york

The war over keeping copper alive rages on in New York with more stealthy antics from Verizon. Stop the Cap! now reports that, rather than wait for a hurricane to take out the copper lines in the Catskills, it will quietly shift seasonal home owners to VoiceLink as they request reconnection. Stop the Cap! also… Continue reading

ip-transition-catches-fire-island-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-52
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2013

IP Transition Catches Fire Island – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #52

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ip-transition-catches-fire-island-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-52

We welcome Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge back to the show to discuss the latest update in the so-called IP Transition. Back in episode 32, Harold explained the five fundamental protections needed for our telecommunications system. Today he returns to discuss the ways in which some of the islands devastated by Sandy… Continue reading

understanding-the-lifeline-program-community-broadband-bits-episode-49
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2013

Understanding the Lifeline Program – Community Broadband Bits Episode #49

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-lifeline-program-community-broadband-bits-episode-49

The United States has long recognized that everyone should have access to a telephone and has established a variety of government programs to achieve that end. In recent months, the Lifeline program has come under attack and some have labeled it the “Obamaphone” program. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Sarah Morris joins us… Continue reading

even-after-omaha-communities-cannot-count-on-centurylink-for-connectivity
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2013

Even After Omaha, Communities Cannot Count on CenturyLink For Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/even-after-omaha-communities-cannot-count-centurylink-connectivity

CenturyLink is a massive telephone company struggling to remain relevant as we transition to mobile phones and require connections much faster than DSL delivers. Though the Omaha gigabit announcement may seem to be a monumental shift for this company, it actually is not. It is a blip on the radar – an important blip but… Continue reading

kentucky-preserves-basic-telephone-protections-despite-att-predation
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2013

Kentucky Preserves Basic Telephone Protections Despite AT&T Predation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-preserves-basic-telephone-protections-despite-att-predation

Earlier this year we reported on SB 88 in the Kentucky legislature. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Paul Hornback and authored by AT&T, would have eliminated the “carrier of last resort” requirement and reduced consumer protections. A similar bill in 2011 was also defeated by a coalition of public interest groups. This is one… Continue reading