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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

Verizon CEO: LTE Cannot Replace Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-ceo-lte-cannot-replace-fiber

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead is not doing any favors for Comcast as it pursues approval to acquire Time Warner Cable. In August, he came out and publicly stated that no, LTE is not equal to fiber. The Verge quoted Mead, who was refreshingly honest about technical limitations and Comcast’s motivations for making such outrageous… Continue reading

local-businesses-suffer-in-tennessee-as-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Local Businesses Suffer in Tennessee as State Prevents Chattanooga Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-businesses-suffer-tennessee-state-prevents-chattanooga-expansion

As our readers know, the FCC is currently considering petitions submitted by Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina. Both communities want the ability to expand their ability to offer advanced telecommunications services, contrary to existing state anti-muni laws. As we glance through the comments, we notice that ISPs, advocacy groups, and local governments are not the… Continue reading

ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

ILSR Co-Signs FCC Comment Endorsing More Open Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-co-signs-fcc-comment-endorsing-more-open-spectrum

The Institute for Local Self Reliance has joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Open Technology Institute, in submitting reply comments to the FCC last week as the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC). The issue at hand is the FCC’s proposal of new rules for how to govern the 3.5 GHz band, a range… Continue reading

wireless-commons-part-2-the-possibilities-of-an-open-unlicensed-spectrum
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 2: The Possibilities of an Open, Unlicensed Spectrum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-2-possibilities-open-unlicensed-spectrum-0

In the first part of this series, we discussed how spectrum could be better managed to allow far greater communications capacity, but only if the FCC abandoned its traditional approach of auctioning spectrum to carriers for monopolistic use. In this part, we’ll discuss how devices could take advantage of a new approach to spectrum management… Continue reading

wireless-commons-part-1-interference-is-a-myth-but-the-fcc-hasnt-caught-on-yet
Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wireless-commons-part-1-interference-myth-fcc-hasnt-caught-yet

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2014

New York Media’s MetroFocus Talks With Chris About City Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-medias-metrofocus-talks-chris-about-city-wi-fi

In an effort to bring better connectivity to New Yorkers, the City is transforming old pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots. Rick Karr, reporter for MetroFocus from New York Public Media, reached out to ILSR’s Chris Mitchell to discuss the project. Chris and Karr discuss the challenges faced by lower income people in our digital… Continue reading

municipal-networks-and-the-future-of-wi-fi-hotspots
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2014

Municipal Networks and the Future of Wi-Fi Hotspots

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/municipal-networks-and-future-wi-fi-hotspots

This is a guest post from Jacob Levin – an advocate for a new economy that regenerates people, place and planet. Growing up as the son of an FCC official, dinner conversations often drifted towards tales of how incumbent ISPs were unfairly leveraging their political and economic power to reduce competition. He’s done policy research… Continue reading

govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-in-oklahoma
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

GovTech Covers Famous Free Wi-Fi in Oklahoma

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-oklahoma

Ponca City’s free Wi-Fi has attracted attention over the years. A recent article in Government Technology focuses on the free Wi-Fi service and reveals the secret behind Ponca City’s jewel – their municipal fiber network.  From the article: So what makes Ponca City’s wireless network a long-term success, and what suggestions do city officials have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Understanding the Georgia Communications Cooperative – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #92

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-georgia-communications-cooperative-community-broadband-bits-podcast-92

While at the SEATOA Conference in Raleigh last week, I met Mike Foor, the President and CEO of the Georgia Communications Cooperative (GCC). Given the important role GCC is playing in expanding great Internet access in rural Georgia, we wanted to interview him for Community Broadband Bits. Back in episode 46, we spoke with Paul… Continue reading

richmond-neighborhood-gets-free-wi-fi-in-california
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2014

Richmond Neighborhood Gets Free Wi-Fi in California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/richmond-neighborhood-gets-free-wi-fi-california

Residents in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond are now receiving free Wi-Fi as part of a new pilot program. The pilot, sponsored by Building Blocks for Kids (BBK), hopes to make Internet access widely available to the many local families who cannot afford it. New towers have been placed on local homes to extend… Continue reading