Why Local Self-Reliance? (Episode 22)

David Morris talks with Christopher Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative about why the message of local self-reliance is as relevant today as it was when ILSR opened its doors in 1974. This wide-ranging conversation examines the rising concentration of economic power and cities’ responses. … Read More

The Power of Electric Cooperatives: Recommended Article

Date: 9 Jun 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Journalist Jill Nolin recently dove into the details of electric cooperatives and Internet service in an article for the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in Georgia. Rural electric co-ops offer an avenue for robust rural connectivity that is in keeping with the long-standing rural tradition of self-reliance.… Read More

The Monopolist’s Playbook: Strategies To Retain Overwhelming Economic Power (Episode 21)

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing how concentrated economic power responds to communities that are supporting their own local economies. Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer discusses how these corporations fight against local communities with a number of ILSR’s experts. He … Read More

Addressing UPenn Report on Municipal Broadband: Dud Data, Unsuitable Approach

Date: 1 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For the second week in row, our staff has felt compelled to address a misleading report about municipal networks. In order to correct the errors and incorrect assumptions in yet another anti-muni publication, we’ve worked with Next Century Cities to … Read More

Report discredits municipal fiber financials — but experts balk

Date: 30 May 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

From Colin Wood’s StateScoop piece: “Research published last week by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School casts major doubt on the economic viability of municipally-run fiber networks. Several industry experts, however, say the methodology used in the research generated misleading results.” Check out our broadband expert Christopher Mitchell’s contributions.… Read More

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