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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2017

Discussing the Future of Community Networks on TWiT

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This Week in Enterprise Tech – March 24, 2017 On March 24th, Christopher was on episode 232 of the web show “This Week in Enterprise Tech.” Christopher discussed the future of community broadband networks in the Trump era as well as shared information about the models of successful networks across the country. Christopher begins his discussion of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Aid Connectivity In Nelson County, VA

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This article was written by Community Broadband Networks initiative intern, Kate Svitavsky. Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is typically funded with revenue grants, interdepartmental loans, or through avoided costs at the local level. Part of the planning and infrastructure costs, however, can sometimes be covered by state and federal grants known as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses FCC In Disappointing Ruling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sixth-circuit-court-of-appeals-reverses-fcc-in-disappointing-ruling/

Disappointing news from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today as the Court chooses to reverse the FCC’s February 2015 preemption order that peeled back restrictive state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina. We have the opinion for you to download and review. We consider the Sixth Circuit’s decision disappointing, incorrect, and we hope… Continue reading

Featured ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2016

“YES!” RS Fiber Wins More Recognition

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Yes! Magazine – August 3, 2016 Minnesota’s RS Fiber Cooperative is getting well-deserved attention from a variety of sources far beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes. In addition to kudos from experts in the telecommunications industry, their story was recently shared in YES! Magazine. Innovative Partnership On August 1st, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2016

Liberty and the Farm: Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/liberty-and-the-farm-internet-access/

The 4th of July invites us to celebrate the accomplishments of our country. But, 23 million people in rural areas remain without high-speed Internet access. Rural areas cannot stay unconnected. Agriculture has become a high-tech endeavor, and high-speed Internet access is necessary. Cooperatives, those democratic institutions formed by rural farmers years ago, are becoming an… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2016

Blue Ribbon Panel: The Public and Private Sectors Working Together

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/blue-ribbon-panel-the-public-and-private-sectors-working-together/

Like electricity in the last century, advanced communications services and capabilities can become the drivers and enablers of simultaneous progress in economic development, education, government services, digital equity, and just about everything else that matters most to our communities. This Blue Ribbon Panel explores the challenges of establishing effective partnerships to bring better connectivity to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2016

Minnesota Broadband Grant Program Gets Funded, Issues Remain

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The Minnesota Legislature has just approved $35 million for the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant program for fiscal year 2017, the largest annual appropriation in the initiative’s two-year-old history. But the Legislature’s action still falls short of dramatically helping bring universal, high-speed Internet connectivity to all non-metro Minnesotans. Try to find a Representative or Senator that… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking, Broadband, Energy, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2016

Video: Break the Chains, Build Local Power

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Since our founding in 1974, we have worked to rewrite the rules and empower communities to choose their own future. Across several vital economic sectors, we help break the corporate stranglehold that extracts wealth from local economies and undermines democracy. We give communities the tools to build a strong local economy themselves. From banking to energy, healthy… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2016

More Colorado Communities Shut Out State Barriers At The Voting Booth

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Once again, local communities in Colorado chose to shout out to leaders at the Capitol and tell them, “We reclaim local telecommunications authority!” Nine more towns in the Centennial State voted on Tuesday to opt out of 2005’s SB 152. Here are the unofficial results from local communities that can’t be any more direct at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2016

AT&T Tries to End the Magic of One Touch Make-Ready

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/att-tries-to-end-the-magic-of-one-touch-make-ready/

On the border of Kentucky and Indiana a fight is brewing as AT&T and Google Fiber have both announced plans to bring Gigabit Internet service to Louisville, Kentucky. Home to over half a million, the city could see major economic development with new ultra high-speed Internet access, but there’s a problem: the utility poles. AT&T… Continue reading