Clarksville, Arkansas Plans Its First Home Connections in Hope of Supporting Local Economy

Date: 24 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Residential broadband service is only the most recent evolution for Clarksville’s municipal fiber network, which already connects utility infrastructure as well as area businesses and community anchor institutions in the city of nearly 10,000. Home installations are due to start soon, depending on delays caused by the global Covid-19 outbreak.… Read More

Twin Cities’ Local Internet Service Provider Experiences Greater Demand During National Crisis

Date: 24 Mar 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Not even a pandemic can stop this week’s guest, US Internet CEO Travis Carter, from finding ways to bring better connectivity to his company’s subscribers and the community. For the 400th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, Christopher interviewed Travis (from six feet away) at the US Internet office outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.… Read More

Op-Ed in the American Prospect: The Imminent Small-Business Collapse and What Can be Done to Stop It

Date: 23 Mar 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the American Prospect, ILSR’s Co-Director Stacy Mitchell explains the unprecedented economic crisis that small businesses are now confronting, particularly if the federal government doesn’t respond promptly and comprehensively.… Read More

What the Federal Government Needs to Do to Enable Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus Crisis

Date: 19 Mar 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance — together with more than a dozen national and local small business organizations — have put forward a proposal for how the federal government should help small businesses survive this crisis. We expect to refine this plan as things develop. … Read More

COVID-19 Pandemic: What Small Businesses Can Do

Date: 19 Mar 2020 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Small businesses are finding creative ways to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, from curbside pickups to online cooking lessons. Here are additional resources they can tap into to cover their expenses and pay their staff during this crisis.… Read More

Coronavirus Shows How Inequity Makes Us Vulnerable (Episode 94)

Date: 18 Mar 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of Building Local Power, host Jess Del Fiacco talks with Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell about how communities are responding to the unprecedented challenge of Covid-19. The pandemic is already drastically impacting local businesses, and is on track to further exacerbate existing inequalities. … Read More

Does Energy Democracy Have Meaning in a Pandemic?

Date: 16 Mar 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

I’m writing this piece from my living room couch, my kids out of school and doing a “home school” schedule while my wife and I try to work. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts about how decentralized and democratized energy systems might help us weather things like the current COVID-19 pandemic.… Read More

The Case for Government Support of Community Composting (feat. Queens Botanical Garden)

Date: 16 Mar 2020 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode, guest host Brenda Platt talks with Elsa Higby and Aleks Jagiello of the New York Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden. This is Part 2 of ILSR’s discussion with them; to catch the first part, head over to our Building Local Power Podcast.… Read More

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