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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

ILSR Moderates Workshop at the National League of Cities Conference on “Creating a City Where Small Businesses Thrive”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-moderates-workshop-at-the-national-league-of-cities-conference-on-creating-a-city-where-small-businesses-thrive/

A thriving small business sector leads to more job growth, less inequality, higher median incomes, and stronger social bonds in your community. Yet aspiring entrepreneurs don’t have it easy. To help city leaders address the challenges facing independent businesses, ILSR organized and moderated a workshop at the City Summit 2017 conference put on by the National League of Cities in November. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2017

Wilson, North Carolina’s Fiber Network Headlines Economic Development Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-north-carolinas-fiber-network-headlines-economic-development-plan/

Wilson has made their community-owned Greenlight fiber network central to their economic development plan, a move that may forge a new approach for other communities with similar assets. Revitalization Efforts In 2008, when Wilson’s Greenlight community network first launched, the Federal Communications Commission ranked North Carolina last in the nation in percentage of households subscribing to at… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2017

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lighting-fiber-opportunity-in-roanoke-valley-virginia/

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Mount Washington, Mass. Lights Its Fiber Network at Last

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/mount-washington-mass-lights-its-fiber-network-at-last/

After a long and arduous process, the folks in Mount Washington, Massachusetts, were finally able to light up their publicly owned fiber optic network last week. According to resident and Select Board Chair Eleanor Tillinghast, “We are thrilled. We’re going to be the envy of everyone.” It’s Finally Here As we reported last month, the community was eagerly anticipating… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2017

KentuckyWired: Partners, Poles, and Problems Plague Broadband Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/kentuckywired-partners-poles-and-problems-plague-broadband-project/

There is no one-size-fits-all method of deploying across a state filled with communities and landscapes as diverse as Kentucky. From the urban centers like Louisville and Lexington to the rocky, mountainous terrain in the southeastern Appalachian communities, demographics and geography vary widely. But most lack modern Internet access and local ISPs have found it hard to get affordable backhaul to connect to the rest of the Internet.

This is the story of the KentuckyWired middle-mille broadband project. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2017

Eastern Tennessee: Newport Electric Smart Grid, Morristown Tech Incubator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eastern-tennessee-newport-electric-smart-grid-morristown-tech-incubator/

Approximately 30 miles separate Morristown and Newport, but the two are joining forces to better connect local businesses and residents as entrepreneurs take up residence in the region’s newest high-tech work space. An Incubator for Innovation in Morristown SkyMart Venture Place is a new cooperative workspace stirring innovation in the quaint downtown district of Morristown…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-for-key-industrial-areas-coming-to-somerset-county-pennsylvania/

Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/8-policy-strategies-cities-can-use-to-support-local-businesses/

Although they play a central role in healthy communities, and are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity, independent small businesses are disappearing in many places. This decline isn’t because local businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policies and concentrated market power are working against them. Here are 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses can thrive. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2017

Fond du Lac Band Builds Fiber Network in Northeast Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fond-du-lac-band-builds-fiber-network-in-northeast-minnesota/

Native nations are building community networks, owned and operated by tribal governments to ensure that Indian Country has high-speed Internet access. In July 2017, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe announced a plan to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to 900 homes that only had access to dial-up Internet service. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the Fond… Continue reading