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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/

Minneapolis, 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… Continue reading

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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 filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2016

CLIC to Host Preconference Day in Austin on April 4th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clic-to-host-preconference-day-in-austin-on-april-4th/

Are you going to the Austin Broadband Communities Conference this spring? If you plan on attending the April 5 – 7 event, you may want to head out one day early so you can check out the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) Preconference Day event on April 4. From the CLIC email invite: CLIC’s… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/campaign-finance-questions-arise-over-controversial-internet-bill/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill After cutting a sizable donation to the Missouri Republican Party, AT&T’s bill to limit broadband competition from community networks is moving through the house. Just months after AT&T cut a $20,000 check to the House Republican Campaign Committee, Representative Lyndall… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2016

Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fibers-dark-fiber-announcement-will-change-how-cities-build-networks/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks This morning, Huntsville, Alabama put a nail in the coffin of telephone and cable monopolies. The city is building a dark fiber network for any ISP to use– and Google Fiber was the first… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2016

Fast, Affordable, Modern Broadband for North Carolina Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clic-nc-modern-broadband-fact-sheet/

In North Carolina, state law effectively prohibits local communities from collaborating with neighbors or partnering to offer gigabit connectivity to residents, businesses, or anchor institutions. As a result, rural communities are unable to keep pace with the 21st century. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice North Carolina chapter (CLIC-NC) and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2015

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-goes-gig-a-model-for-anytown-usa/

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there among the lush green forests and beautiful vistas of the “Gateway to Mount Hood,” 25… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2015

After Gutting the Gulf, BP Funds Pave Path to Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/after-gutting-the-gulf-bp-funds-pave-path-to-better-broadband/

Communities along Mississippi’s Gulf coast have recently suffered through disasters both natural and not, from Hurricane Katrina to BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout and aftermath. But they are investing some of the relief funds into infrastructure of the future to help recover. Biloxi and Gulfport city officials recently passed resolutions approving an intergovernmental agreement to bring better… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2015

New Reference From U-W Extension is a Library Must-Have

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-reference-from-u-w-extension-a-library-must-have/

The University of Wisconsin-Extension recently released Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders, a good addition to your digital library, especially if you have in interest in Wisconsin and midwestern broadband issues. The document provides case studies and an in-depth list of references addressing: Public-private partnerships Local ordinances Technology councils Community engagement Local government telecommunications… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2015

AT&T, Comcast, Lies Hurt Homeowners

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

As of this January, the FCC defines broadband as 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, but in some rural areas in the United States, people are still struggling to access DSL speeds of 768 kbps. In a few extreme cases, individuals who rely on the Internet for their jobs and livelihoods have been denied… Continue reading