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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2016

Minnesota’s Broadband Grant Program: Getting the Rules Right

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mn-border-to-border-grant-program/

placeholderMinneapolis, MN —In its first two years of implementation, the Minnesota Border-to-Border program distributed $30 million to 31 rural Minnesota communities. But the state has not put enough money into the program and needs to put more focus on getting investment in Greater Minnesota cities to spur economic development.

“This funding is essential to greater Minnesota communities that are being left behind,” says Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “The current disbursement is only meeting a fraction of the state’s high-speed Internet needs as it is. The program’s rules must be reconsidered to meet economic development goals for the state.”

“Getting the Rules Right” is a policy brief on the Border-to-Border Broadband program. It covers what the program is, how it works, and why funding must be expanded in order to serve more greater Minnesota communities.

 

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2016

RS Fiber: Fertile Fields for new Rural Internet Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-mn-rural-fiber/

21ST CENTURY FARMS REQUIRE 21ST CENTURY CONNECTIVITY. Denied Access by telephone and cable companies, they created a new model. Winthrop, MN — A new trend is emerging in rural communities throughout the United States: Fiber-to-the-Farm. Tired of waiting for real Internet access from big companies, farmers are building it themselves. Communities in and around Minnesota’s… Continue reading

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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

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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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/more-colorado-communities-shut-out-state-barriers-at-the-voting-booth/

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

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 25, 2016

Mancos Voters The Latest To Decide Local Authority In Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mancos-voters-the-latest-to-decide-local-authority-in-colorado/

 Mancos, a rural community of about 1,300 in rural southwest Colorado, hopes to join over 50 other communities across the state that have reclaimed local telecommunications authority. On April 5th, the town will decide whether to exempt itself from SB 152, Colorado’s 2005 state law that removed local choice from municipalities and local governments. Located… Continue reading