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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2012

In Minnesota, Rural Fiber to the Farm Project Expands

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-rural-fiber-farm-project-expands

A rural Fiber-to-the-Farm project that started in Sibley County has added three new towns to its potential territory due to the extremely high interest in fast, affordable, and reliable connect… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Independent Businesses Report Strong Holiday Sales

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/independent-businesses-report-strong-holiday-sales/

An annual survey has found that independent businesses had strong sales growth over the holidays and appear to be benefitting from growing public interest in supporting locally owned retail stores, banks, restaurants, and other enterprises. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Poor State of US Broadband a Result of Poor Regulation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/poor-state-us-broadband-result-poor-regulation

I recently stumbled across a great point regarding the spectacular failure of the US (mostly the FCC, but Congress should certainly share some of the blame) to properly regulate broadband conne… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

SEATOA Conference Coming Up in Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seatoa-conference-coming-chattanooga

The SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has its annual conference in Chattanooga this year – March 12 and 13th. The conference includes a tour of EPB’s Gigabit ne… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

NATOA Encourages South Carolina Senate to Preserve Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/natoa-encourages-south-carolina-senate-preserve-local-authority

With AT&T again pushing a bill in South Carolina to revoke local authority to build community broadband networks, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers has se… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

Why Does Archbishop Nienstedt Believe Jesus Was Obsessed With Sex and Not Injustice?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/why-does-archbishop-nienstedt-believe-jesus-was-obsessed-with-sex-and-not-injustice/

A few weeks ago John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis wrote a widely publicized letter to a priest threatening to strip him of his “ministerial assignments” if he spoke out against a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In addition to banning dissent the Archbishop directed parishes to form committees to work… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

Kennedy School’s Innovation in Government Award – Nominate Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kennedy-schools-innovation-government-award-nominate-now

With all the great community broadband network projects out there that are owned by local governments, I hope readers will take some time to nominate some of them for the “Innovations in Americ… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2012

Georgia Legislature to Revoke Local Authority to Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-legislature-revoke-local-authority-build-networks

The Georgia Senate is considering SB 313, a bill that would overrule local decision-making authority in matters of broadband. Even as connections to the Internet have become essential for comm… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2012

Rural Community Broadband Network in Minnesota Garners More Coverage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-community-broadband-network-minnesota-garners-more-coverage

Minnesota Public Radio has once again covered some of the many benefits coming from the stimulus-funded Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services that grew out of WindomNet, a small muni network. … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2012

Freedom to Connect is Back!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/freedom-connect-back

One of the great conferences, Freedom to Connect, is back for 2011! I’ll be in Washington, DC, (well, Silver Spring to be accurate) on May 21-22 to mingle with and learn from a lot of great pe… Continue reading