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Article, Report, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 24, 2017

Report: Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies

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

Usually, we ignore the misinformation released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) but their latest efforts are so shady, we felt it was our responsibility to shine a light on its lack of validity and the organization’s credibility. Our report, Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Taxpayers Protection Alliance Edition, takes a deeper look at the TAP’s most recent… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Maine The Latest State To Try And Let Giant Broadband Providers Write Awful, Protectionist State Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/maine-the-latest-state-to-try-and-let-giant-broadband-providers-write-awful-protectionist-state-law/

TechDirt – May 4, 2017 By Karl Bode One of (several) reasons why American broadband is so uncompetitive is the fact that we continue to let giant broadband mono/duopolies quite literally write awful state telecom law. As we’ve long noted, more than twenty different states have passed laws making it difficult to impossible for towns… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2017

Creating Community Wealth Through Compost – Episode 19 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/creating-community-wealth-through-compost-episode-19-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In Building Local Power this week, we’re delving into the potential community-based composting holds to empower historically marginalized communities in cities across the United States. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR’s Project Manager for the Composting for Community initiative, Linda Bilsens, sit down with composters Sophia Hosain and Guy Schaffer to discuss how their composting projects are… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 27, 2017

Policies That Make Markets Work, Hello Antitrust! – Episode 18 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/antitrust-policy-episode-18-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we are focusing on what makes and breaks markets – market power, monopoly, and antitrust. As we discuss with noted antitrust Silicon Valley lawyer Gary Reback, markets require intelligent intervention to prevent power from becoming too consolidated. Let’s be blunt – if you are happy with the Internet access… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-newly-introduced-maine-bill-would-limit-local-authority-over-broadband-infrastructure-investment/

Bill Introduced in Maine Legislature to Limit Local Authority over Broadband Investment HP 1040/LD 1516 would further entrench telecommunication monopoly power in The Pine Tree State. Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell | christopher@ilsr.org MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Tennessee Bills Send Message on Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-bills-send-message-on-municipal-broadband/

Next City – April 20, 2017 By Josh Cohen In a world increasingly reliant on high-speed internet for all facets of life, about 34 percent of Tennesseans lack broadband access. Two state bills were considered this year to remedy that. One would’ve allowed city-owned high-speed internet infrastructure to expand at no cost to residents. Another… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions – Episode 17 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/defend-local-solutions-episode-17-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Network’s initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR’s Communications Manager for the latest episode… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2017

Rural Tennesseans could have gotten free internet but their legislators shut it down

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-tennesseans-could-have-gotten-free-internet-but-their-legislators-shut-it-down/

ThinkProgress – April 17, 2017 By Lauren C. Williams Given the choice between giving rural Tennessee residents free faster broadband internet from a government-run program and giving private telecom companies $45 million to build infrastructure for snail-speed access, state legislators chose the latter. … The Broadband Accessibility Act also excludes government-run internet providers, such as… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2017

Municipal Broadband Expertise Drives Coverage Of Tennessee Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-expertise-drives-coverage-of-tn-broadband-bill/

Various Outlets – April 11th, 2017 through April 14th, 2017 When state legislators in Tennessee recently passed the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, tech writers quoted our Christopher Mitchell, who pointed out that the proposal has some serious pitfalls. Christopher’s statement appeared in several articles: “Tennessee taxpayers may subsidize AT&T to build DSL service to Chattanooga’s… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 13, 2017

Small Banks, Big Benefits – Episode 16 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/small-banks-big-benefits-episode-16-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative and Stacy Mitchell, the co-director of ILSR and director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economies initiative interview Building Local Power’s first guest outside of ILSR. Our guest this week is Justin Dahlheimer, the President of the First National Bank of Osakis in west-central Minnesota. The trio discuss the benefits of community banking and how banks that have a vested stake in their community lend in ways that increase the vitality of communities like Osakis. Continue reading