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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2014

The Birth of Community Broadband – Video

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

ILSR is excited to announce a new short video examining an impressive municipal broadband network, Glasgow Kentucky. Glasgow was the first municipal broadband network and indeed, seems to have been the first citywide broadband system in the United States. We partnered with the Media Working Group to produce this short documentary and we have the… Continue reading

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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2013

Former Cable CEO on Competition and Wireless as Complement to Wired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/former-cable-ceo-competition-and-wireless-complement-wired

Given the frequent claims of lobbyists for the cable companies regarding how incredibly competitive the broadband market is in the United States, I thought we might want to hear what John Malone, one of the most aggressive cable CEOs ever (TCI) has to say on the subject. He is now with Liberty, a media company… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 3 Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2012

Is It All About Hormones?

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

Sometimes everywhere I turn, the story line seems to pivot on hormones. Recently the Boys Scouts denied Ryan Anderson, a gay 17 year-old the rank of Eagle Scout because “he does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”  Last April, Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian parent in Ohio, was forced out as a den mother… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Wall Street: Lack of Competition Allows Comcast to Raise Prices Whenever It Wants

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wall-street-lack-competition-allows-comcast-raise-prices-whenever-it-wants

A major difference between Main Street and Wall Street is that we view Comcast’s lack of competition as a major problem. The prospect of Comcast increasing our rates year after year makes us want to scream. Prepare to scream. Or throw things. The Lafayette Pro-Fiber Blog alerted us to a piercingly honest analysis from Wall… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking, The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 5 Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2011

And The Academy Award for Cowardice Goes To….

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/and-the-academy-award-for-cowardice-goes-to/

After winning an Oscar for Best Documentary for Inside Job, Charles Ferguson injected some much-needed real world relevance amidst the fabulously glitzy proceedings. Continue reading