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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2014

In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State’s Pharmacy Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/big-win-local-ownership-north-dakota-votes-states-pharmacy-law/

At North Dakota polls on Tuesday, local ownership was the winner. The state voted overwhelmingly to keep its forward-thinking Pharmacy Ownership Law, defeating Measure 7, the Walmart-funded effort to overturn it. Final returns came in with 59 percent of the vote in favor of the law, the Fargo Forum reports. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 3, 2014

Why North Dakotans Should Vote to Keep the State’s Unique Pharmacy Law this Election Day

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/north-dakota-should-vote-for-pharmacy-law/

This Tuesday, North Dakota voters will decide the fate of the state’s Pharmacy Ownership Law. Those working against the law—namely Walmart, which has sunk more than $3 million into a front group called North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices—contend that abandoning the long-standing policy would lead to an increase in the number of pharmacies serving North Dakota. Our research suggests just the opposite. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2014

Boulder and Yuma Turn to Voters to Reclaim Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boulder-and-yuma-turn-voters-reclaim-authority

Two more Colorado communities will be deciding whether or not to reclaim local telecommunications authority this fall. Colorado State Bill 152 took away local authority in 2005 but voters in several areas of the state are taking it back. Readers will recall Centennial voters passed the measure 3:1 last fall and Montrose voters approved a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Sign Up Early for A Gig in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sign-early-gig-longmont-colorado

If you are in Longmont, you can sign up for gigabit service from LPC for only $49.95 per month. The Longmont Compass reports that customers who sign up within the first three months will retain that price point for an as yet undetermined extended period. AND, that price stays with the home if the customer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

The Past and Future of Muni Fiber in Boulder – Community Broadband Bits Episode 108

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/past-and-future-muni-fiber-boulder-community-broadband-bits-episode-108

Boulder is the latest Colorado community to recognize the benefits of using city-owned fiber to spur job growth and improve quality of life. Boulder Director of Information Technology Don Ingle joins us for episode 108 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the many ways in which Boulder has benefited from community owned fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2014

Gigabit Network Expansion Moves Forward in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-network-expansion-moves-forward-longmont-colorado

Construction on Longmont’s fiber expansion will begin by August 13th, reports the Times-Call. TCS Communications of Englewood, Colorado recently signed an agreement with Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) to deploy the gigabit network for $20,095,022. Completion is scheduled for 2017. A July 14th article on the project noted that LPC and TCS will complete construction… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2014

Another Colorado Community May Reclaim Local Telecommunications Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/another-colorado-community-may-reclaim-local-telecommunications-authority

Boulder’s City Council is considering November ballot question to restore local authority for municipal telecommunications services. The measure, if passed, will create an exemption to the 2005 Colorado law allowing Boulder to better use its existing fiber optic infrastructure. Apparently, the Boulder community has a self-reliant streak. This is not the first time the Institute… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

Voters Approve Local Telecommunications Authority in Montrose, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/voters-approve-local-telecommunications-authority-montrose-colorado

By a 3,982 in favor and 1,397 opposed, the voters in Montrose decided on April 1st to take back local authority for telecommunications services. The state revoked the community’s ability to establish a telecommunications utility in 2005.  Jim Branscome covered the election results in the Daily Yonder. Branscome, a resident of Montrose, knows the local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2014

Montrose Asks Voters to Take Back Authority to Establish A Telecommunications Utility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/montrose-asks-voters-take-back-authority-establish-telecommunications-utility

Colorado communities continue to seek to restore local authority for telecommunications. In April’s election, elected officials of Montrose will ask voters to approve a measure that gives the municipality the right to establish a telecommunications utility. Centennial, a Denver suburb, approved a ballot initiative last fall to use city fiber resources as a way to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2013

A Look at Mediacom Propaganda in Emmetsburg, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/look-mediacom-propaganda-emmetsburg-iowa

Earlier this month, a majority of voters in Emmetsburg supported a proposal to issue bonds to build a fiber network. Nevertheless, the measure failed because Iowa requires a 60% majority when general obligation bonds fund all or part of a proposed project. Years ago, the community voted to establish a municipal cable communications or television… Continue reading