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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2016

Newark, Del., to Study Municipal Broadband Options

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StateTech Magazine, January 12, 2016 The city government of Newark, Del., is exploring whether it can provide high-speed broadband service to its residents at prices that would compete with commercial Internet service providers. In late December 2015, city officials hired CTC Technology and Energy, a Maryland-based technology engineering firm, to study the city’s communications infrastructure,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Banking | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2016

Lawmakers must revive community banks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lawmakers-must-revive-community-banks/

San Antonio Express News, January 9, 2016 Being a presidential election year, 2016 promises to bring much talk about many political hot topics, but not near enough talk about one of the greatest threats to our economy — the endangerment of community banks. Since the financial crisis in 2008, a bright line of distinction has… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2016

How a Fiber Master Plan Is Guiding Shawnee, Kan.’s Path to Connectivity

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Government Technology, January 8, 2016 Big cities plan for growth because they have to, but when smaller cities do it, a world of opportunities opens up. Shawnee, Kan., a city of about 60,000 people just outside of Kansas City, is reaping the benefits of a fiber master plan that dates back more than a decade…. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2015

Newark to study municipal broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/newark-to-study-municipal-broadband/

The News Journal, December 27, 2015 Newark government has asked a technology consulting firm to determine if the city can offer residents fast Internet at prices competitive with major providers. CTC Technology and Energy, a Maryland-based technology engineering firm, will be paid $69,000 to study the city’s telecommunication infrastructure and provide city officials with a… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

Op-ed: Spanish Fork Proves Utah Law is Counter-Productive

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The Salt Lake Tribune published this op-ed championing local investment in Internet infrastructure on December 11, 2015.   Op-ed: Spanish Fork’s success shows municipal Internet networks work By Christopher Mitchell For nearly 10 years, large telephone and cable companies have claimed municipal Internet networks are so risky that local government authority should be restricted. But… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2015

Solar energy isn’t a baby anymore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/solar-energy-isnt-a-baby-anymore/

The Hill, December 11, 2015 In his 1790 Report on Manufactures, Alexander Hamilton argued that America’s “infant” industries needed to be protected from competitors in Britain and France in order to achieve what we now call economies of scale. Hamilton’s report was subsequently used to justify the imposition of huge tariffs on U.S. imports, many… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2015

An Old Idea for the New App-Based Economy

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Governing Magazine, December 2015 With Uber and Airbnb, money flows out of a community. Co-ops could counter that.  Propelled by the idea of “the Uber of everything,” many people are predicting that ever-proliferating “network companies” will radically change the older ways of doing business in all sorts of new fields. Something like that certainly seems… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday: 800 participants in Santa Cruz County

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Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 28, 2015 If local business owners see a surge in shoppers Saturday, they can thank Barbara Mason. As the county’s economic development coordinator, she recruited more than 800 local retailers, restaurants and service providers to join Santa Cruz County Small Business Saturday. In October, her goal was 500. “If you’re looking… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 28, 2015

Urban Garage Sale draws crowds to downtown Milwaukee by Kathleen Gallagher

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 28, 2015 Shortly after the doors opened on Saturday for the Urban Garage Sale — about the time the disc jockey was cranking up The Mighty Tom Cats’ version of “Soul Makossa” — a line of people snaked around two sides of a city block waiting to get in. Turner Hall Ballroom in downtown Milwaukee can… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2015

A ‘ripple of benefits’: Portland Food Co-op celebrates $3 million in sales after first year of retail store

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Portland Phoenix, November 25, 2015 What a difference a year makes, especially in the life of a grocery cooperative. Nearly a decade ago, the Portland Food Co-op was little more than a meeting topic among hopeful residents. But the last year has been a doozy for the cooperative. Its retail grocery store at the base… Continue reading