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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2016

Local Media Covers The MN “Donut Hole” Phenomenon: Video, Editorial

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/42642-2/

As Minnesota’s Legislature decides on funding for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, local media is calling on state leaders to prioritize local connectivity in the Capitol Chambers. This year, Governor Dayton’s office is recommending allocating $100 million to the program. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2016

FLOTUS Tours ILSR Staff Member’s Backyard Garden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/flotus-tours-ilsr-staff-members-backyard-garden/

After visiting D.C.-area schools, Mrs. Obama visited the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Waste to Wealth initiative Project Manager Linda Bilsens at her home to laud the community garden they have cultivated in their yard. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2016

Common Dreams: With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/269-walmart-stores-closing-ilsr-news-room/

Common Dreams, February 27, 2016 by Stacy Mitchell All great empires eventually fall. This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics. Often the descent into oblivion takes decades. A&P, which was once such a formidable market power that it was the subject of antitrust hearings in Congress, began to falter in the… Continue reading

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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

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

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 ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2016

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-a-fiber-master-plan-is-guiding-shawnee-kan-s-path-to-connectivity/

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 ILSR Admin | 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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-spanish-fork-proves-utah-law-is-counter-productive/

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/an-old-idea-for-the-new-app-based-economy/

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