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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

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

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

missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-to-community-networks
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

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 23, 2014

Pharmacy Ownership Law — North Dakota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2832-2/

A forward-thinking policy choice, the Pharmacy Ownership Law, gives North Dakotans pharmacy care that outperforms care in other states on every key measure, from cost to access. In North Dakota, prescription drug prices are more affordable than in two-thirds of all states. Pharmacies are more plentiful, with more per capita than in neighboring South Dakota, Minnesota, or nationally, and they’re more broadly distributed; North Dakota’s rural areas are 51 percent more likely to contain a pharmacy than similarly-populated areas of South Dakota. And in general, independent pharmacies provide higher quality care, studies and surveys of customer satisfaction find. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Pharmacy Ownership Laws

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

One U.S. state, North Dakota, and more than a dozen European countries have laws that require pharmacies be owned by pharmacists, not chains. These laws ensure that pharmacies are run by people whose first allegiance is to the provision of health care in their communities, rather than to the bottom line of a distant retail… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2014

Network Neutrality Update

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

The FCC is hearing the massive public outcry over its plan that would allow the big cable and telephone companies to create fast and slow lanes on the wires most of us depend on to access the Internet. Chairman Wheeler has made some bold claims that he would not allow commercially unreasonable deals but many… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2014

Wheeler Tells Cable Industry He Intends to Remove Anti-Competitive State Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wheeler-tells-cable-industry-he-intends-remove-anti-competitive-state-laws

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to roll back restrictions that prevent local governments from deciding if a municipal network would be a wise investment. At the Cable Show Industry conference in Los Angeles, Wheeler told cable industry leaders the FCC will wield its powers to reduce state barriers on municipal networks. Wheeler spoke before… Continue reading