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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2017

Protecting Communities from Gentrification

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/protecting-communities-from-gentrification-community-land-trusts/

We have a workable model for making housing affordable and protecting neighborhood residents from displacement: a Community Land Trust. Only one city to date has embraced it aggressively and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it began to do so when Bernie Sanders was its mayor. Now a coalition is pushing Baltimore to make a major investment in this model. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 3, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-3-2014/

“The Times, they are a-changin” quoted Chairman Wheeler this week in St. Paul. And with it, must come faster Internet speeds if the United States is going to keep up in the competitive economy. Multichannel’s John Eggerton reported on Wheeler’s visit to the National Association of Telecommunications Officer and Advisors (NATOA) conference this week, where… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2014

Chris Visits Burlington to Talk About Local Telecom Challenges

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-visits-burlington-to-talk-about-local-telecom-challenges/

Burlington Telecom customers love their local muni. Throughout the community’s political, legal, and financial challenges, residents and businesses have rallied behind the ability to control their access locally. As part of their efforts to educate the community, Code for BTV and Keep BT Local brought Chris to town to discuss community ownership. The video of… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2014

Chris Mitchell In Burlington, Vermont on September 19th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-in-burlington-vermont-on-september-19th/

Members of the Burlington community are hosting a luncheon on Friday, September 19th, to discuss ways to help keep BT local. Chris, as one of the leading experts on municipal broadband, will be leading the discussion. We have followed BurlingtonTelecom’s challenges and victories since 2008. The event is titled “How Do We Keep Burlington Telecom… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Burlington’s Next Step: Become a Gigabit Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/burlingtons-next-step-become-a-gigabit-community/

Burlington has seen ups and downs over the past few years but a new chapter is about to begin. The non-profit U.S. Ignite and the City are partnering to create BTV Ignite. The initiative will develop a gigabit community infrastructure and the applications that use it. With help from U.S. Ignite, Burlington will join the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2013

Video: Burlington Telecom Coop Effort Moving Ahead

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-burlington-telecom-coop-effort-moving-ahead/

In December, 2012, a group of local residents decided to engage in an effort to turn beleaguered Burlington Telecom into a coop. The effort has advanced and the organization, Keep BT Local, continues to gain pledges. To date, the organization has collected pledges in the amount of $108,000 for equity and $156,000 in loan pledges…. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Coop Status for Burlington Telecom? Maybe…..

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/coop-status-for-burlington-telecom-maybe/

Burlington Telecom may be headed for some changes. Due to the mismanagement of the prior Burlington Mayor Administration, the network took on an unsustainable amount of debt and damaged its reputation. Some of the plans to make the network sustainable again involve privatizing it. Unfortunately, as we have seen with public power privatizations, such an… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2012

Burlington Telecom Announces a Gig and Computer Repair Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/burlington-telecom-announces-a-gig-and-computer-repair-services/

We have covered happenings at Burlington Telecom, both positive and negative, extensively. We are glad to report some interesting new developments of this Vermont municipal network. BT is rolling out faster connections and using its competitive advantage in customer service to offer some computer repair services. Joel Banner Baird at the Burlington Free Press reported: Without… Continue reading

Rule filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2009

Open Access – Burlington, Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/2733-2/

Some networks are purely open access, as in UTOPIA, where the network owner provides no services (leaving the provision of services to multiple third parties).  Burlington, Vermont (see our Case Study and Fact Sheet) has taken a different approach.

In its fiber-to-the-home network, Burlington Telecom (a city department), offers the full triple play of television, phone, and fast Internet services.  But it has also committed to making the network available to competitors – at the same wholesale rate it charges itself internally.  Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2004

Bennington, Vermont, Adopts Store Size Cap

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bennington-vermont-adopts-store-size-cap/

The city of Bennington, Vermont, has enacted a store size cap ordinance that effectively puts an end to attempts by Wal-Mart to build a giant supercenter. "The concern has been that if a single retailer becomes too large and too powerful it destroys all competition in the marketplace. And we want to avoid that," said Bennington planning director Dan Monks. Continue reading