Protecting local authority against ALEC and AT&T attacks: Why communities should decide what telecom networks they have

Not long ago, the United States led the world in broadband connectivity. Now we are in 16th place, trailing most developed nations. We need broadband policies that connect our homes, schools, and business to the 21st century economy, but we’re pursuing public policies that are putting us in a hole, helping private telecommunications providers and harming the public interest. As the old adage goes, when in a hole, stop digging. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Ramsey County and Saint Paul broadband network: Plan, process need stronger review

St. Paul and Ramsey County need a better broadband network to deliver their services effectively. They believe their plan will also bring more broadband choices to us — our homes, our workplaces, and the businesses we patronize every day. They want to create a place to where new companies flock in order to take advantage of blazing fast Internet and a reliable fiber network.Unfortunately they are going about it all wrong and they are about to squander our best opportunity to have a choice beyond Comcast and CenturyLink.For years now, the City of St. Paul and Ramsey County have mulled over how to bring broadband to local residents and businesses. Continue Reading