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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2014

Being a Gig City: Incubating Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-incubating-small-businesses

This is the first in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 85% of all jobs originate from companies with fewer than 30 employees, and 87% of businesses which started through business incubators have succeeded after five years. So Wilson, North Carolina,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Envisioning An Innovative Local Electric Utility – Episode 15 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/envisioning-innovative-local-electric-utility-episode-14-local-energy-rules/

Laboring to keep more of its energy dollars at home, community members in Boulder, CO, decided that they needed some numbers behind their vision of a cleaner energy utility.  Listen in to the podcast to hear Ken Regelson describe how the remarkable results of Boulder’s citizen-driven energy model have given them power to stand up… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

March 7th Deadline for Connect America Fund Expressions of Interest

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/march-7th-deadline-connect-america-fund-expressions-interest

We reported last month on a decision from the FCC to make Connect America funds available to expand broadband. At the time we did not have much detail on the measure, but on January 30th, the FCC released its official statement. The agency reached a unanimous decision to open up Connect America Fund dollars for… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

Show Me Solar: Parity, Value, and Opportunity for Solar Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/show-solar-parity-value-opportunity-solar-power/

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21% of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs. Without subsidies. ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, John Farrell, shared this message with the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association on Feb. 1, 2014 in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

Kansas Community Benefits from Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-community-benefits-community-owned-networks

Even though the Kansas cable lobby have temporarily retracted their competition-killing telecom bill, we still want to highlight the benefits of preserving full home rule, local authority by focusing on a number of communities, including Chanute, Ottawa, and Erie. Chanute We have reported on Chanute’s municipal network for years. The community leveraged its electric utility assets… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

UTOPIA Again Targeted by Bill in State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-again-targeted-bill-state-legislature

Kansas is not the only place where the cable and telecom lobbies are attacking publicly owned networks. Jesse Harris from FreeUtopia.org reports that State Rep. Curt Webb has introduced HB60, aimed at UTOPIA. From the story: As the bill is currently written, UTOPIA wouldn’t just be prevented from building to people willing to pay for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

A Roadmap for the FCC To Ensure Local Authority to Build Networks – Community Broadband Podcast #84

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roadmap-fcc-ensure-local-authority-build-networks-community-broadband-podcast-84

When the DC Circuit Court handed down a decision ruling against the FCC’s Open Internet (network neutrality) rules, it also clarified that the FCC has the power to overrule state laws that limit local authority to build community networks. Harold Feld, Senior Vice President for Public Knowledge, joins us for Community Broadband Bits Episode #84… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2014

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onlight-aurora-partners-city-better-connectivity-illinois

Nine years ago, Aurora officials decided it was time to reduce telecommunications costs and upgrade to a faster, more reliable network. The local government built a fiber network to service municipal government, but developed long-term ideas for the network to benefit the entire community. Nonprofit OnLight Aurora now uses the City’s fiber optic network to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2014

Cable Industry Dumps Dark Money into DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-industry-dumps-dark-money-dc

The Center for Public Integrity released data last year showing some of the ways big cable companies are distorting our republic by funnelling millions into political groups working to further the interests of massive corporations rather than local businesses and citizens. The head cable lobbying group, the National Cable & Television Association, collects some $60… Continue reading