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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Community Broadband

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America Tires Of Big Telecoms Shit, Driving Boom In Community-Owned Broadband Networks

By Karl Bode
February 8, 2024

For decades, frustrated towns and cities all over the country have responded to telecom market failure by building their own fiber broadband networks. Data routinely shows that not only do these networks provide FASTER, BETTER, AND CHEAPER SERVICE, the networks are generally more accountable to the public - because they’re directly owned and staffed by locals with a vested interest in the community.

Despite relentless industry lobbyist efforts to paint these networks as some kind of SOCIALIST BOONDOGGLE HELLSCAPE, such community ISPs continue to see massive, bipartisan popularity. Case in point: The Institute For Local Self Reliance, which tracks community networks, SAYS THEY SAW A DRAMATIC UPTICK IN SUCH NETWORKS after COVID lockdowns highlighted the importance of affordable access.

According to a DATABASE of such networks tracked by the organization (disclosure: I’ve worked with the nonprofit researching municipal broadband projects), there are now 450 municipal broadband networks in the U.S. Since January 1, 2021, at least 47 new networks have come online, with dozens in the planning or pre-construction phases. And this may be an undercount given the FCC’s failure to track them all.

There are now more than 400 communities all over the country served by such networks, which can take a variety of forms, whether its a local cooperative, a city-owned broadband utility, an extension of the existing city-owned electrical utility, or a direct municipal build. Closer to a thousand if you include local public-private partnerships.

In rural North Dakota, local cooperatives have driven the kind of AFFORDABLE FIBER ACCESS many city residents in more populous states still haven’t seen. In Vermont, numerous municipalities have fused to CREATE COMMUNITY UTILITY DISTRICTS to deploy affordable fiber to long neglected rural markets. In Tennessee, the city-owned utility in Chattanooga has created one of the most popular ISPs in the nation providing speeds upwards of 25 GIGABITS PER SECONS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

They all represent local, grass roots’ responses to local market failure caused by often-mindless consolidation, stifled competition, and feckless federal policymakers unwilling to address (or OFTEN EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE) the problem of unchecked monopoly power. ILSRҒs Chris Mitchell put it this way:

“The monopoly cable and telephone companies frequently claim that there are no problems with broadband in the U.S., even as millions of students cannot access the Internet from their homes, whether in rural or urban areas. These cities remind us of the work that has to be done to make sure everyone can take advantage of modern technologies.”

During peak pandemic lockdowns, a viral photo made the rounds featuring POOR KIDS FORCED TO HUDDLE IN THE DIRT OUTSIDE OF TACO BELL, just to attend class. As somebody who has covered U.S. broadband policy for decades, I watched as that photo did more to move the needle on U.S. telecom policy and broadband affordability than any activism campaign or press release crafted in the last quarter century.

Many of these municipalities have been greatly buoyed by billions in both COVID relief money (The American Rescue Plan Act) and infrastructure funding (The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). As a result, countless communities are now deploying cutting edge, affordable, gigabit-capable fiber networks for the first time to customers long trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide.

It’s a movement that could have been pre-empted at any time by the likes of Comcast and AT&T if they’d been willing to expand service, improve speeds, and compete on price. Instead, such companies quickly got to work trying to pass ANTI-DEMOCRATIC STATE LAWS banning such networks, spreading disinformation VIA FAKE CONSUMER GROUPS, or FLINGING LAWSUITS at towns and cities across America.

Even during the peak of the pandemic, when such networks were busy showcasing their benefit to affordable access for telecommuting and home education, the telecom lobby convinced House Republicans to try and BAN SUCH NETWORKS NATIONWIDE. It didn’t work, again, because nearly everybody in America dislikes Comcast, and these locally owned alternatives have significant, bipartisan support.

Our collective disdain for the local cable and broadband monopoly is one of the few things that bridges America’s ugly (and intentionally well cultivated) partisan divide. And this kind of local activism is going to be increasingly important as corporate efforts at the Supreme Court to unravel what’s left of federal corporate oversight GAIN STEAM in the months and years to come.

None of this is to say community broadband is a magic panacea. Such efforts require competent leadership, a good plan, plenty of money, and public support. But it is a very cool example - 100 years after a similar backlash played out with rural electrification - of locals banding together to combat regional monopolies (and the corruption that protects them) to dramatically improve their quality of life.


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Section Privacy And Rights • Section Broadband Privacy
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Sunday, February 04, 2024

NWO - Blocking Preppers From Planting

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In a move that has many folks scratching their heads, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed its push for the PEOPLES’ GARDEN INITIATIVE which now includes registering vegetable gardens nationwide.
- The Peoples’ Garden, 2022
Homemade vegetables taste amazing, but is it illegal to grow your own food where you live? Thanks to laws unchanged since the 18th century, you may run into trouble with your local authorities just by installing a hoop house for your tomatoes.
- Is It Illegal To Grow Your Own Food?
Dual power is a strategy that builds liberated spaces and creates institutions grounded in direct democracy. Together these spaces and institutions expand into the ever widening formation of a new world in the shell of the old. As the movement grows more powerful, it can engage in ever larger confrontations with the ruling class, and ultimately a contest for legitimacy against the institutions of capitalist society.
- The Next Depression part 62, Fighting Back


Globalists Will Use Carbon Controls To Stop You From Growing Your Own Food

February 2, 2024

In early 2020 in the midst of the covid lockdowns, blue states run by leftist governors pursued mandates with extreme prejudice. In red states like Montana, after the first month or two most of us simply ignored the restrictions and went on with life as usual. It was clear that covid was not the threat federal authorities made it out to be. However, in states like Michigan the vise was squeezed tighter and tighter under the direction of shady leaders like Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer used covid as an opportunity to institute some bizarre limitations on the public, including a mandate barring larger stores FROM SELLING SEEDS and garden supplies to customers. “If you’re not buying food or medicine or other essential items, you should not be going to the store,” Whitmer said when announcing her order. The leftist governor was fine with purchases of lottery tickets and liquor, but not gardening tools and seeds.

She never gave a logical reason why she targeted garden supplies, but most people in the preparedness community understood very well what this was all about: This was a beta-test for wider restrictions on food independence. There was widespread rhetoric in the media throughout 2020 attacking anyone stockpiling necessities as “hoarders,” and now they were going after people planning ahead and trying to grow their own food. The establishment did NOT want people to store or produce a personal food supply.

Another prospect that was being openly discussed among globalists was the idea that lockdowns were “helpful” in ways beyond stopping the spread of covid (the LOCKDOWNS WERE ACTUALLY USELESS in stopping the spread of covid). They suggested that the these measures could be effective in preventing global carbon emissions and saving the world from “climate change.” The idea of climate lockdowns began to spread.

The corporate media has since lied about the existence of the CLIMATE LOCKDOWN AGENDA, but articles and WHITE PAPERS extolling the virtues of SHUTTING DOWN THE PLANET in the name of climate change are easy to find and read. The globalists and their academic defenders wanted PERMANENT LOCKDOWNS, or rolling lockdowns every couple of months, shutting down most human activity and travel outside of basic production.

I have argued in the past that what Whitmer was doing in Michigan was a part of this agenda - that her garden supply ban was part of a wider goal that had nothing to do with public health safety and everything to do with stopping people from prepping. The covid controls were only meant to be a precursor to carbon controls.

This past week we have seen more confirmation of this, as a STUDY OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN claims that homegrown foods produce five times more carbon emissions than industrial farming methods.  In other words, private gardens could be considered a threat to the environment. THE TELEGRAPH and other corporate platforms have jumped on the story, and I believe this is cause for concern.

The study includes analysis of various gardens from individual family plots to urban and community plots and claims that “garden infrastructure” for individual plots (such as raised beds) contribute far greater carbon pollution than large scale farming. The study seems to ignore the fact that raised beds are more efficient and grow more food in a smaller space, but I doubt they really care to take these kinds of things into consideration.

The average person might be confused by this and assume the opposite is true - Wouldn’t growing foods at home be BETTER for the environment? Not if your funding relies on portraying independent food supplies as bad for the planet. The study is bankrolled by a host of international groups, including the EUROPEAN UNION’S HORIZON PROGRAM which lists “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030” as one of its project goals.  These 100 cities are then supposed to act as flagship models for the eventual carbon agenda takeover of all cities by 2050.

Such groups have billions of dollars at their disposal and focus most of that monetary firepower on climate change research (propaganda). Do I think that the Michigan study is rigged in favor of a predetermined outcome? Probably. When these studies are funded by globalist interests, their outcomes always seem to favor globalist goals. The study itself does not necessarily argue that people should stop gardening, but it does push the narrative that carbon controls are necessary, even at an individual level.

The Michigan report might seem like a meaningless footnote.  However, as we witnessed last year with a study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on natural gad appliances, these little and obscure studies are often used to justify large scale government interventions into peopleԒs daily lives. The CPSC study inspired months of debates from Democrats in the US demanding that gas appliances including stoves be banned because they MIGHT cause health side effects, specifically in children (it turns out the study had no concrete basis for this claim).

Leftists and globalists do not care about protecting your health; they care about how these studies can be used to fear monger, thus increasing their power. In other words, if you can rig the science, then you can rig the laws.

We saw something similar to this in a UN study in 2006 which claimed that meat production contributed to nearly 20% of all carbon emissions and was worse for the environment than transportation. The study was exposed in 2010 as “flawed” (fraudulent), but for years the media and globalist organizations used its false conclusions as a springboard to demand limitations and bans on meat production in the name of saving the climate.

If you think the war on farming which is raging right now in Europe is only intended to affect industrial farms, think again. The establishment is going to try to use the man-made climate change lie to dictate ALL food production, RIGHT DOWN TO YOUR UNASSUMING BACKYARD GARDEN.  And they won’t limit their efforts to the EU; they will come after American farms with the same restrictions.

This is really what the globalist “net zero” programs and 15 minute cities are all about - they are based on the idea that all human activity needs to be monitored and managed. They say it’s for the good of the planet, but the systems they want to put in place from 2030 to 2050 sound like a new digital feudalism, a society where bureaucracies track and trace and micromanage every aspect of your life. The elites benefit greatly while never proving that carbon emissions are a danger to anyone.

Why the obsessive focus on food? Because if people have their own food, then they might be more willing to rebel against further mandates. Its really that simple. The end game is obvious - Control the food, and you control the world. Do it in the name of saving the planet and a lot of people will even thank you as you starve them.

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Posted by Elvis on 02/04/24 •
Section Revelations • Section NWO • Section Dying America • Section Fascism
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