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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2014

2014 Broadband Communities Summit In Austin, Texas Set for April 8 – 10

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/2014-broadband-communities-summit-austin-texas-set-april-8-10

The 2014 Broadband Communities Summit is scheduled for April 8 – 10 in Austin, Texas. Chris Mitchell will be speaking at 3 p.m. on April 8 during the Economic Development Program as part of the talk titled “Economic Development: The Killer App.” Chris will be back on April 10th to speak during the Rural TeleCon segment. He… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

AT&T Fails Big in Dallas, Makes Big Claims for Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-fails-big-dallas-makes-big-claims-austin

Even though I regularly read examples of terrible customer service from the massive corporations like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and more, I apparently retain the capacity to be surprised as how bad they are. The Dallas Morning News recently ran this piece: “AT&T Never Misses An Opportunity to Miss An Opportunity.” In a neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2013

Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network Saves Millions for Taxpayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/greater-austin-area-telecommunications-network-saves-millions-taxpayers

Austin, Texas, with a little over 820,000 people, is home to several centers of higher ed, the Southwest Music Festival, and a next generation network known as the Greater Austin Area Telecommunications Network (GAATN). It was also the second metro area selected by Google for the Google Fiber deployment. But before they got Google Fiber,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2013

Google Buys Provo Community-Owned Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-buys-provo-community-owned-network

I just left the Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, where I ran into many people doing great work to ensure everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and fast Internet networks. Also while there, Google announced it had reached an agreement to offer Google Fiber in Provo by purchasing the municipal FTTH network. Provo has long… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2013

Whatcha Workin’ On, Neil Seldman? Podcast Episode 3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/whatcha-workin-on-neal-seldman-podcast-episode-3/

Welcome to our third episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On? podcast. Lisa Gonzalez interviews Neil Seldman, Ph.D., President of ILSR and the heart and soul of our Waste to Wealth Initiative. Neil tells us about the program and describes the many concurrent projects he is handling. Dr. Seldman also outlines some upcoming work for the… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2011

Austin Approves New Zero Waste Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/austin-approves-new-zero-waste-plan/

At its meeting on Dec. 15th, 2011, the Austin City Council unanimously approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, a long-term plan that empowers the Austin community to achieve a drastic reduction in the amount of trash landfilled and aim for zero waste. In 2009, City Council passed Texas’ first Zero Waste Plan and set… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2007

Austin Initiative Connects Local Businesses with Developers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/austin-initiative-connects-local-businesses-developers/

A new online database created by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA) will help local entrepreneurs find space for their businesses and give property owners and developers a way to recruit more independent businesses to their properties.
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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2004

Shoppers Urged to Break Free of Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/shoppers-urged-break-free-chains/

Independent businesses in two dozen cites joined forces to urge residents to "unchain" themselves on Saturday, November 20, by patronizing only locally owned stores and restaurants that day. The event, dubbed America Unchained, was organized by the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). The goal, according to AMIBA’s director Jennifer Rockne, was to broaden awareness of the local economic benefit of choosing to shop at locally owned businesses instead of chains. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2004

Austin Study Says City Pays Price for Big-Boxes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/austin-study-says-city-pays-price-bigboxes/

A coalition of organizations in Austin, Texas, released a report this week that concludes that big-box retailers impose significant costs on the community. It recommends that the city scrutinize big-box projects more thoroughly and adopt a long-range plan to strengthen locally owned businesses. The report reviews and refutes several of the findings of another big-box study commissioned by the city and released in June. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2004

Local-Only Shopping Day Boosts Austin Business Alliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/localonly-shopping-day-boosts-austin-business-alliance/

Austin residents responded enthusiastically to a call by independent retailers to shop exclusively at locally owned businesses on Saturday, November 15. The one-day event, called Austin Unchained, was organized by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA) and was promoted through posters, tee-shirts, and flyers distributed throughout the city. Continue reading