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rockport-builds-maines-first-municipal-network
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rockport-builds-maine%E2%80%99s-first-municipal-network

Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider GWI offering retail services.  The reach of the network is limited, as it consists of… Continue reading

syracuse-mayor-calls-for-community-broadband
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2014

Syracuse Mayor Calls for Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/syracuse-mayor-calls-community-broadband

Syracuse, a city long frustrated by its lack of broadband options and in thrall to a monopolistic cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, is facing an even bleaker future. Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable would shift Syracuse residents who need broadband from one of the two most hated companies in America to the other,… Continue reading

comcast-responds-to-break-up-call-with-customer-service-rep
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Comcast Responds to “Break-Up” Call With Customer Service Rep

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-responds-break-call-customer-service-rep

Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer, Dave Watson, recently posted a letter on the Team Comcast employee site in response to the viral customer-retention call from hell, reports the Consumerist. In his letter to Comcast minions, Watson admits: The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands… Continue reading

governing-looks-at-what-the-comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-could-do-to-munis
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Governing Looks at What the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger Could Do to Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/governing-looks-what-comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-could-do-munis

The debate surrounding the proposed Comcast Time Warner Cable merger continues. The Department of Justice and the FCC ruminate over the deal while the media speculates about the future. Governing recently published an article on potential side effects for the municipal network movement. Tod Newcombe reached out to Chris for expert opinion. From Governing: Partially… Continue reading

charlotte-media-eyes-salisburys-fibrant
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2014

Charlotte Media Eyes Salisbury’s Fibrant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charlotte-media-eyes-salisburys-fibrant

WSOC TV in Charlotte recently looked at Salisbury’s four-year-old Fibrant network. Reporter Tenikka Smith investigated what a municipal network could do for Charlotte. Charlotte is also one of the communities working with Google in hopes of having it expand to them. That interest has led AT&T to consider updating its comparatively pathetic DSL services as well. Smith… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2014

Long List of Public Interest Groups Sign on to Free Press Letter Opposing Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/long-list-public-interest-groups-sign-free-press-letter-opposing-comcast-time-warner-cable

The Free Press announced that more than 50 public interest groups, including the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, signed on to its letter in opposition to the Time Warner/Comcast merger. The letter, addressed and delivered to Attorney General Eric Holder and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, begins: The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would give one company… Continue reading

process-matters-harold-felds-guide-to-the-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust… Continue reading

lexingtonians-consider-municipal-network-options-in-kentucky
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2014

Lexingtonians Consider Municipal Network Options in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lexingtonians-consider-municipal-network-options-kentucky

Community leaders in Lexington are the latest to stand at a fork in the broadband road. In September, the franchise agreement between the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) and Time Warner Cable expired, resulting in a month-to-month agreement continuation. As they negotiate a new contract, local citizens have called for consideration of a municipal network…. Continue reading

on-the-media-talks-cable-consolidation-municipal-networks-with-crawford-and-baller
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

being-a-gig-city-its-all-about-the-upload
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2014

Being a Gig City: It’s All About the Upload

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-its-all-about-upload

This is the second in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. The first post is available here. It’s all about the Upload. If you are the owner of a small engineering business with dense blueprints to send to your European clients, or a specialized country doctor who depends… Continue reading