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Posted June 26, 2017 by Nick


The time is now for San Francisco municipal fiber, says report by Ryan McCauley, GovTech

San Francisco considers municipal broadband by Bailey McCann, CivSource



Supes move to attract fiber Internet providers to county by Ryan Phillips, Starkville Daily News

"Big telecom companies should either lead, follow or get out of the way trying to provide these services," Presley said. "It's high time they plan to serve every customer in Mississippi and we will be introducing plans in the coming months to get that done."


North Dakota

Affordable broadband vital to development by Sean Cleary, Grand Forks Herald



Comcast accused of cutting competitor's wires to put it out of business by Jon Brodkin, ArsTechnica

Telecom Cable LLC had "229 satisfied customers" in Weston Lakes and Corrigan, Texas when Comcast and its contractors sabotaged its network, the lawsuit filed last week in Harris County District Court said.

Comcast had tried to buy Telecom Cable's Weston Lakes operations in 2013 "but refused to pay what they were worth," the complaint says. Starting in June 2015, Comcast and two contractors it hired "systematically destroyed Telecom’s business by cutting its lines and running off its customers," the lawsuit says. Comcast destroyed or damaged the lines serving all Telecom Cable customers in Weston Lakes and never repaired them, the lawsuit claims.



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Posted June 19, 2017 by Nick


Closing the digital divide in the Inland Empire by Paul Granillo San Bernardino County Sun



Louisville to weigh municipal broadband question for November ballot by Anthony Hahn, Louisville News

Regional partnership opportuinities propel Craig, Moffat broadband efforts by Lauren Blair, Craig Daily Press



Living without Internet accessibility in the digital age by Danielle Ellis, WJHG-TV



Rural broadband bill cruises through Maine legislature by Colin Wood, StateScoop

Municipal broadband advocacy groups like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance label bills like this one as tools for the telecommunications industry to limit competition, while taxpayers associations typically argue the measures are necessary to ensure that large scale projects are entered carefully. Controversial research published byUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School professor Christopher Yoo in May found that, according to certain projections, municipal networks are frequently financially unviable.




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Posted June 13, 2017 by Nick


Internet for All Now Act passes state assembly by ECT Staff, East County Today

"Jarring" Internet access survey results embolden leaders of citywide broadband by Joshua Sabatini, San Francisco Examiner

Internet for all San Franciscans? Here's how it could happen by Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle

“The nice thing about Wi-Fi is that it costs less up front, and you can install it before the next election,” said Christopher Mitchell, a community broadband expert at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, an advocacy group in Minneapolis.

But he noted that Farrell could face intense opposition from big telecom companies like Comcast and AT&T, which provide most of the Internet service and infrastructure in San Francisco.

“There will be a scare campaign involving print mailers, telephone calls and radio messages, saying that community broadband will threaten city finances,” Mitchell said.



EMCs could help fill broadband gaps by Jill Nolin, Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Nationally, electric cooperatives are relatively new to fiber broadband, but their involvement is “growing enormously,” said Christopher Mitchell, director of community broadband networks at the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance. 


North Carolina


NC maps out high-speed Internet access across state by Steve Sbraccia, CBS North Carolina


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Posted June 5, 2017 by Nick


Commentary: Spectrum says, if I cut my service, my bill goes...up? by Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel



Franklin County group snags $43,000 grant to study broadband access by Kate McCormick, Morning Sentinel


North Carolina

Crowdsourced broadband mapping helps North Carolina clean its data by Colin Wood, StateScoop

"[There are] a lot of opportunities with [municipal networks] and co-ops but the Legislature seems unable to comprehend that the big national firms don't care about rural North Carolina," Mitchell said.



Extending broadband Internet service to rural areas remains a challenge by Kery Murakami, Eagle Tribune



High-speed chase: Nashville drives toward an ultrafast Internet future - despite potholes by Linda Bryant, Nashville Post

“Legal games are part of the problem in Nashville,” Mitchell adds. “What’s really frustrating is that normally it would be difficult to build a network in a city as large as Nashville. But when you are also facing AT&T or Comcast holding things up, getting things done becomes really hard.”



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Posted May 29, 2017 by Nick


How not to close the digital divide by Blair Levin and Larry Downes, San Francisco Chronicle


North Carolina

Is your Internet up to speed? New map tool will track places in NC that need better access by Abbie Bennett, Charlotte News & Observer

Crowdsourced broadband mapping helps North Carolina clean its data by Colin Wood, StateScoop

Mitchell argues that the state is ignoring some of its best options by depending on a private market that has thus far consistently failed to serve certain areas of the state.

"[There are] a lot of opportunities with [municipal networks] and co-ops but the Legislature seems unable to comprehend that the big national firms don't care about rural North Carolina," Mitchell said.



Legislative efforts in Mo., Tenn. leave broadband advocates hopeful by Craig Settles, Daily Yonder

Advocates who say local governments and utility cooperatives should have more freedom to provide broadband in underserved areas scored two legislative victories this spring.

In Missouri, a bill that would have restricted the ability of cities, counties, or other public entities to run broadband networks was defeated. In Tennessee, the state passed a bill that expands the ability of electric cooperatives to get into the broadband business.

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Posted May 22, 2017 by Nick


Fort Collins likely to put city-provided broadband services on November ballot by Kevin Duggan, The Coloradoan



Proposed legislation aimed at protecting Mainers' Internet privacy by Portland Press Herald



Is there a market for city-owned Internet service? by Randy Petersen, Rochester Post Bulletin

The need for improved technology took Robison to the April 17 Rochester City Council meeting to join four other residents supporting a proposed market study regarding municipal broadband. The concept of a city-supported Internet service in Rochester was first broached by the council in 2015 in an effort to ensure adequate access to high-speed Internet service at a reasonable price.

Council member Michael Wojcik has been advocating for action from the start, noting quality Internet access is needed to keep local students and businesses competitive. "Broadband is key for information for a lot of people, particularly younger generations, and going forward, it becomes more and more critical," he said.



Study: Ohio statewide broadband office, investment fund could help boost rural access by Theo Douglas, Government Technology



National Digital Inclusion Week helps build nationwide momentum for digital equity by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology

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Posted May 8, 2017 by Nick


Bill seek to restrict Maine towns' efforts to build high-speed Internet networks by Colin Woodard, Portland Press Herald

Christopher Mitchell, director of community broadband networks at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis, said the Maine bill and others like it across the country are designed to stifle competition. “The very large providers recognize that they compete not on service, but on being the only game in town,” he said.

New Maine law would restrict community broadband networks by Karl Bode, DSL Reports

Bill will not stop Maine towns from building high speed Internet by Colin Woodard, Portland Press Herald

The bill would have imposed numerous restrictions on municipalities that wanted to invest in their own network or to form a public-private partnership to build one they can lease. These include mandatory feasibility studies and public referendum provisions, prohibitions on using municipal funds, restrictions on using funds through a bond issue or setting rates, and the removal of anti-trust liability protections for town’s that offer broadband.

While ALEC claims to be a nonpartisan professional association for state legislators, critics say it is really a corporate-funded conduit allowing businesses to write legislation for compliant lawmakers. Virtually all of its funding comes from its corporate members, and its telecoms committee – which created the organization’s anti-municipal broadband bill – has counted many of the major cable and telephone companies as members, including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Cox. A vice president of their industry association, Rick Cimerman, is the committee’s current corporate chair.

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Posted May 1, 2017 by Nick


AT&T's rollout of broadband serves the rich, shunts mid- and low-income families to the slow lane by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

But a new report on AT&T’s strategy for rolling out high-speed Internet service in California underscores what may be the biggest flaw in that argument: When critical infrastructure construction is left entirely to private companies, much of the public gets shortchanged.

The report, released Tuesday by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, shows how AT&T, the largest telecommunications carrier in the U.S. and California, favored the wealthiest communities in rolling out its Internet service. The median income of households with access to AT&T’s fastest fiber-to-the-home service was $94,208 as of last June. That was some 50% higher than the statewide median income of about $61,800 (as of 2015).



Monopolistic control of Internet costing you money and speed by Ben Kleppinger, Advocate Messenger

Search for countywide broadband continues by Jackson French, Bowling Green Daily News




New Orleans uses targeted approach to spread tech awareness, improve digital equity by Zack Quaintance, Government Technology



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Posted April 24, 2017 by Nick


Sonic CEO: Speak up as your Internet privacy gets sold for profit by Dane Jasper, North Bay Business Journal


New York

Tyre residents surveyed on desire for broadband access by David L. Shaw, Finger Lakes Times

Grand Island is right to explore its own Internet service by Buffalo News Editorial Board



Monroe County, Pa., issues RFP for 'Monroe Gigabit Project' by Bill Cameron, Pocono Record (Government Technology)



Local ISPs say they'll never share information by John Darling, Ashland Daily Tidings



Private telecoms get another win over municipal broadand in Tennessee by David Z. Morris, Fortune

Rural Tennesseans could have gotten free Internet but their legislators shut it down by Lauren C. Williams, ThinkProgress

Tennessee bills send message on municipal broadband by Josh Cohen, Next City

Instead, the legislature passed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, a bill pushed by Governor Bill Haslam. It provides $45 million in... Read more


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