Learn about how we can address rural Broadband in Michigan
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Learn about how we can address rural Broadband in Michigan

Watch the video below. Read the book. Contact us about rural Michigan Broadband and our training programs launching in 2022. The CBAN team hosted a discussion with Christopher Ali, author of the book “Farm Fresh Broadband – The Politics of Rural Connectivity”. Ali’s book features an analysis of the failure of U.S. broadband policy to…

Broadband Internet Access GIS Maps
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Broadband Internet Access GIS Maps

Let’s organize people with the greatest need Here is a story map that uses ARCGIS from ESRI to visualize data about Internet access by County. As funds are now being allocated for Broadband Infrastructure, let’s ensure that money doesn’t all go to Comcast, but instead also goes to Community Owned Internet Networks. After you hover…

What Michigan can learn from Nebraska about Broadband
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What Michigan can learn from Nebraska about Broadband

Billions of dollars are now flowing for Broadband Internet. How will they be spent? Will we subsidize existing monopolies or support locally run infrastructure? In Nebraska, Althea has partnered with NetEquity and a middle mobile provider that has over 10,000 miles of fiber underground. Let’s think about whether Michigan could do something similar with a…

Michigan Chapter Internet Society, Kickoff Meeting June 30, 2021
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Michigan Chapter Internet Society, Kickoff Meeting June 30, 2021

#InternetForAll – Learn about how we can expand Broadband access in Michigan to become better, faster and cheaper than current approaches. This is the kick off meeting for the future Michigan Chapter of the Internet Society. Watch the presentation video below or open the slides. We can achieve #InternetForAll by turning Broadband into a commodity…

Washington post: Verizon wants your fish
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Washington post: Verizon wants your fish

We have been talking about the difference between giving people fish, teaching them to fish and changing the fishing industry. We are now witnessing Government programs giving out broadband fish while monopolistic corporations are calculating how they can get as much of the fish as possible for themselves. We need to change the industry. Perspective…

Biden Administration Decides Cities Should Not Use Broadband Dollars for Broadband
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Biden Administration Decides Cities Should Not Use Broadband Dollars for Broadband

Earlier this year in March, the Biden Administration signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which included, among many other things, multiple sources of funds for broadband infrastructure. The U.S. Dep Source: Biden Administration Decides Cities Should Not Use Broadband Dollars for Broadband

Indigenous communities: DIY Internet
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Indigenous communities: DIY Internet

The infrastructure of the Internet should not be owned by a few companies.

For thousands of years, Commoning principles have enabled communities to share water from a stream. As we are now streaming educational services to children via the Internet, shouldn’t we learn how to better share that stream? There are many examples like the article linked below, where Indigenous communities simply took control . . .

Public Knowledge 20th anniversary video
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Public Knowledge 20th anniversary video

Defending the virtual Commons: This nonprofit has been fighting legal policy battles in the public interest for 20 years. This video will introduce you to the founders. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. To kick off our 20th year, join the founders of…

Non-profits should compete for government funding to extend Broadband
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Non-profits should compete for government funding to extend Broadband

Elsewhere on this website, we have already shown that the incremental cost of connecting an individual home to Broadband can be less than $200. Of course, that assumes that somewhere they connect to a physical wire (fiber) via an antenna on top of a tower or tall building. Someone does have to pay for the…