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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Crawfordsville Municipal Network Purchased by Metronet in Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawfordsville-municipal-network-purchased-metronet-indiana

Our Community Broadband Map documents over 400 communities where publicly owned infrastructure serves residents, business, or government facilities. We rarely hear of publicly owned systems sold to private providers, but it does happen once in a blue moon. Accelplus, the fiber optic FTTH network deployed by Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) in Indiana was… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2014

Chris Mitchell In Burlington, Vermont on September 19th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-burlington-vermont-september-19th

Members of the Burlington community are hosting a luncheon on Friday, September 19th, to discuss ways to help keep BT local. Chris, as one of the leading experts on municipal broadband, will be leading the discussion. We have followed BurlingtonTelecom’s challenges and victories since 2008. The event is titled “How Do We Keep Burlington Telecom… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

To Save the Internet We Need To Own The Means Of Distribution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/save-internet-means-distribution-2/

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet:  owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government.  Owning the means of distribution is a traditional function of local government…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2014

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

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

Minneapolis will soon vote to shift nearly 180 privately owned bus shelters to public ownership following numerous complaints about the lack of maintenance and upkeep.  When it does it will join the burgeoning ranks of cities who have discovered that when it comes to public services government knows best. In the post-Ronald Reagan era Americans… Continue reading

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filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2013

Stop the Presses: University of Chicago Discovers Regulation Works

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stop-presses-university-chicago-discovers-regulation-works/

On November 7 New York Times business columnist Floyd Norris writes about a study of a 2009 federal law intended to force down the hidden fees credit card companies impose on their customers. When Neale Mahoney, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, set out to evaluate the effect of that law,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

Five Steps To Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/steps-save-incredible-shrinking-post-office/

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000.  And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers. A frenzy of grassroots activity erupted as citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2013

The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/post-office-public-institution/

“When the post office is closed, the flag comes down.  When the human side of government closes its doors, we’re all in trouble.”   Senator Jennings Randolph (West Virginia) 1958-85 For the post office the end game is on.  This year the post office will close half its processing centers.  By late spring a first… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Coop Status for Burlington Telecom? Maybe…..

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/coop-status-burlington-telecom-maybe

Burlington Telecom may be headed for some changes. Due to the mismanagement of the prior Burlington Mayor Administration, the network took on an unsustainable amount of debt and damaged its reputation. Some of the plans to make the network sustainable again involve privatizing it. Unfortunately, as we have seen with public power privatizations, such an… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Anti-public schools candidates crushed in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/anti-public-schools-candidates-crushed-wisconsin/

With public schools under attack everywhere, a inspiring victory came out of Wisconsin last week.  The American Federation for Children (AFC), a pro school privatization group funded by billionaires from Michigan and millionaires from several other states, entered a slate of candidates in Democratic primaries for the state Assembly and Senate. The battle was joined… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2012

For Quality Customer Service Go to Government, Not Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/quality-customer-service-government-business/

In 2012 we accept as received wisdom that government is unresponsive while a competitive marketplace forces private business to offer quality customer service.  So when Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced his warmly received bill, The Government Customer Service Improvement Act, we considered his announcement a truism, “When taxpayers interact with a government agency, they deserve… Continue reading