#GigCity is still an open market
#GigCity is still an open market

Despite claims and threats of Big Telcom providing internet service as a public utility does not reduce competition and #GigCity is still an open market. Sure, Chattanooga, TN., provides internet service – speed as much as 10 gigabytes-per-second, if you’re willing to pay for it – as a public utility through its city-owned electric utility […]

Public utility as a communications system
Public utility as a communications system

Sure: water & sewer, electricity, telephone service: but in the 21st Century some communities think of a public utility as a communications system. It’s certainly that way in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the city-owned public utility for electric power also supplies a 600-square-mile area with cable television, landline phone and, mostly importantly, a full 10-gigabytes of […]

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity
Internet as a public utility – #GigCity

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity You may know the city better as it’s identified on maps: Chattanooga, Tennessee. And Chattanooga is known for many things: a rich and storied history, a pivotal turning point in the U.S. Civil War, the launching point for the shameful Trail of Tears ethnic cleansing of Cherokee people, […]

Show support for Net Neutrality
Show support for Net Neutrality

The time has arrived for Americans to show support for Net Neutrality. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ¬†formally opened May 23rd the public comment period on its plan to eliminate a fair and open internet by eliminating Net Neutrality. The all-important communications regulatory panel published its 75-page draft proposal, tentatively adopted May 18, which […]

Americans support Net Neutrality
Americans support Net Neutrality

Americans support Net Neutrality by a wide margin – 61 percent – and this coming from a poll pushed by major companies seeking to control the internet. The joke, as it turned out, is pretty much on the major telecommunications companies who pushed the poll and geared questions and results hoping to show Americans do […]

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”
The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.” Well, the internet itself didn’t speak but a broad coalition of the internet’s biggest companies, perhaps the biggest single voice of the internet as a whole – the Internet Association – issued a resounding plea this week to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it’s new chairman, […]

FCC now building walls on the internet?
FCC now building walls on the internet?

Is the new FCC now building walls on the internet? A flurry of actions late last week by the Trump Administration’s new regulators of national communications – the U.S. Federal Communications Commission – certainly make it seem as if roadblocks at least are set to go up on the information superhighway in America. After pledging […]

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.
A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S., if Republican telecommunications regulators follow through on a Christmas promise. Meanwhile, across the northern border in Canada its government formally declared just before Christmas high-speed internet access to be “vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive.” The yin and the […]

Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.?
Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.?

And you thought Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.? You thought internet users in America would forever enjoy a fair and open information superhighway? You thought it a fait accompli when the U.S. government’s communications regulators decided in June 2015 all Americans should have – would have – equal and fair access to […]

Net Neutrality: the internet as a public utility
Net Neutrality: the internet as a public utility

One of the most important courts in the U.S. has affirmed Net Neutrality: the internet as a public utility. The 3-judge District of Columbia (federal) Court of Appeals affirmed June 14 a decision made in February 2015 by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate internet service in the U.S. much like other public […]