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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Investment Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/investment-cooperatives/

In the vacuum left by traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, investment cooperatives allow communities to put their capital to work in their local economy, catalyze the creation of new jobs, re-imagine their neighborhoods, and earn a return on their investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Community Ownership of Commercial Spaces

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/

Community ownership of commercial spaces offers benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and in some cases, a return on investment. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-border-border-broadband-awards-announced

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-border-border-broadband-awards-announced

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015

Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014″ According to Wonkblog

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-authority-restrictions-one-worst-policy-ideas-2014-according-wonkblog

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014″ and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list: Fed up… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/massachusetts-towns-consider-wiredwest-opportunity

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI)… Continue reading

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Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-michigan/

In January 2015, Michigan passed legislation that will require out-of-state sellers to collect state sales taxes if they use in-state sales affiliates or otherwise have a nexus to the state, and if 1) they generate more than $10,000 in annual in-state sales via those affiliates, and 2) they generate more than $50,000 in annual sales to Michigan residents. The law received bipartisan support, and was passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The law will take effect on October 1, 2015. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Maine Legislature All About That Broadband in 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/maine-legislature-all-about-broadband-2015

Maine continues to be a hot spot in the drive to improve connectivity as the 2015 state legislative session opens. According to the Bangor Daily News, 35 bills have been introduced that deal with broadband issues. The story also notes that several lawmakers have introduced bills that propose funding from the state. House Republican Norman… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2015

Bill to Establish Broadband Grant Program in Montana State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-establish-broadband-grant-program-montana-state-legislature

In Missoula and Bozeman, momentum is building for improved connectivity by way of community network infrastructure. As usual, funding a municipal network is always one of the main challenges, but the state appears uninterested in helping them. State Representative Kelly McCarthy recently dropped HB 14 into the hopper, a bill to create a broadband development… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Missouri Bill Creates New Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-community-networks

Republican State Representative Rocky Miller began the new legislative session with a bill designed to yank authority from local communities that need better connectivity.  Even though the state already preempts local authority to sell telecommunications services and requires a referendum for cable, there is a current exemption for “Internet-type services.” HB 437 [PDF] removes that exemption and would make… Continue reading