Posts Tagged ‘Institute for Local Self Reliance’

Spurning Google Fiber, Portland Suburb of Lake Oswego Pushes Toward Broadband Partnership

Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Smart Cities October 14th, 2015

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon, October 14, 2015 – This suburb of Portland, a potential candidate for Google Fiber’s Gigabit-speed internet service, has said it isn’t willing to wait around for the search engine giant.

At a city council meeting here on Tuesday night, elected officials in this city of 37,000 listened, questioned and debated between two proposed public-private partnerships that would result in the construction of Gigabit-speed fiber-optic infrastructure.

City Council Meeting in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Instead of sitting and waiting for Google, the city council members appeared inclined to move forward on a public-private project with city involvement.

“There was a great buzz and excitement when Google announced” the possibility that it would come to Portland, said Councilmember Jon Gustafson during the session — but the city hasn’t wasn’t seen any action since that time.

Last year, Google announced possible expansion to Portland and five suburbs, including Lake Oswego. The company has made commitment, however.

“Google is still at the vapor stage,” added Chip Larouche, chief technology officer for the city. Speaking at the Tuesday meeting, he said that Google is “talking about how ‘we might make you a promise.’”

Instead, City Manager Scott Lazenby said that in June Lake Oswego put out a Request for Proposals to build their own Gigabit Network. The city received two responses from private companies, and one from the City’s own Public Works Department.


White House Releases Report on Community-Based Broadband Solutions, Touting Municipal Competition for Gigabit Networks

Broadband's Impact January 14th, 2015

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 – The White House on Tuesday released a report, “Community-Based Broadband Solutions: The Benefits of Competition and Choice for Community Development and Highspeed Internet Access,” seeking to bolster President Obama’s new push for Gigabit Networks. The report states: Affordable, reliable access to high speed broadband is critical to U.S. economic growth […]

New Coalition for Local Internet Choice Aims to Spur More High-Speed Municipal Builds

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, States July 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – While interest in high-bandwidth internet is growing every year, many communities remain unserved because state laws inhibit local networks, according to local broadband activists. That’s why the Coalition for Local Internet Choice launched last month: to demonstrate the importance of giving local communities authority over their own networks. “It’s hard […]

Cities Need to be Involved in Municipal Broadband Because Their Future Depends Upon Such Networks, Says Panel

Education, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Health May 29th, 2014

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 – Four believers in municipal internet access expressed their dismay at the New America Foundation at an increasingly consolidated broadband marketplace – and promoted local government ownership as a remedy. Speaking on a panel of experts on Wednesday at the think tank, they blasted giants AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable […]

Rural Telecommunications Congress Members and Others Take Spotlight at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband's Impact, Expert Opinion, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, NTIA, Rural Utilities Service April 4th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2014 – Next week, at the Broadband Communities Summit here in Austin, the Rural Telecommunications Congress will take center stage with a series of sessions on “The Bandwidth of the States,” “Financing Future Bandwidth,” “Digital Learning in the Classroom,” “Rural Innovation,” and — as a kicker — “Cool Things Rural Communities Are […]

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Releases Wireless Fact Sheet to Educate Policy Makers

Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless July 2nd, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a fact sheet describing the basic principles behind wireless internet technology and policy on June 17. The fact sheet defines the basic terminology associated with wireless internet such as fixed wireless and data caps. It describes the differences between licensed and unlicensed spectrum and […]

Freedom to Connect in Washington: ‘Let’s Hope This Isn’t the Golden Age of the Internet’

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact, Events, Intellectual Property March 15th, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, March 15, 2013 – A somber tone was set last week during the opening day of the 2013 Freedom to Connect conference here. Opening remarks by conference organizer David Isenberg were peppered with references to Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, Pvt. Bradley Manning currently under military trial for releasing classified State documents, and […]

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Issues Community Broadband Report

Broadband Data, Broadband Mapping March 25th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2011 – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance unveiled its Community Broadband Network Map and Report on Wednesday.

Task Force to Debate Whether A Gigabit Per Second is Too Fast for Minnesota

States August 5th, 2008

August 5 – When it comes to articulating a state broadband policy, many in Minnesota are aiming high – or at least very, very fast.

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