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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2015

5 Things Local Officials Need to Know About Amazon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/5-things-local-officials-need-to-know-about-amazon/

Amazon is on a building spree, and many local officials are eager to bring one of its giant fulfillment centers to their own backyard. They are so eager, in fact, that some have resorted to offering the company lavish tax breaks and other public assistance. Between 2012 and 2014, Amazon picked up $431 million in local tax incentives to finance its warehouse expansion. Yet, as our analysis shows, Amazon fulfillment centers impose so many hidden costs on local economies that cities ought to reconsider welcoming them at all, much less greasing the way with public funds. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2015

States Shower Big Companies with Economic Development Incentives, at Small Businesses’ Expense

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/states-shower-big-companies-with-economic-development-incentives-at-small-businesses-expense/

Even when state economic development programs purport to be open to businesses of any size, in practice, they overwhelmingly favor large companies, according to a study released Tuesday. The study determined that 90 percent of a $3.2 billion pot of economic development incentives was awarded to large firms, a finding that casts light on one of the ways that small businesses are placed at a competitive disadvantage. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2015

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-community-broadband-networks-drive-nc-economy/

The Roanoke Daily Herald published this op-ed about local government action for broadband networks on September 25, 2015. We were responding to an earlier Op-Ed, available here. Christopher Mitchell wrote the following op-ed. It is stunning any legislator can look at the constituents they serve in rural North Carolina and think, “‘These people don’t need… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2015

Introducing… MuniNetworks Economic Development Page

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/introducing-our-economic-development-page-2/

Access to high-speed, broadband Internet facilitates economic development. Over the years, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has documented economic successes brought about by community broadband networks. We chose some of the most compelling examples, organized them by topic, and put them in one place for easy reference. Check out our new economic development page. The benefits… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution in Pictures

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/public-rooftop-revolution-in-pictures/

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2015

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/north-carolina-files-petition-opposing-fcc-ruling-to-end-anti-muni-laws/

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 10, 2015

Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-available-connecticut-gigabit-state-event/

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2015

Leverett Starts to Light Up in Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/leverett-starts-to-light-up-in-massachusetts/

The celebrated municipal network in Leverett, Massachusetts, is starting to serve select areas of the community. Customers’ properties on the north side of town are now receiving 1 gigabit Internet service from the town’s partner Crocker Communications. These early subscribers are considered “beta sites.” Telephone service will become available when the network has been fully… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2015

Tale of Comcast Woe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tale-of-comcast-woe/

Ideally, working from home allows one to choose the environment where he or she can be most productive. In the case of Seth that was Kitsap County in Washington State. Unfortunately, incompetence on the part of Comcast, CenturyLink, and official broadband maps led Seth down a road of frustration that will ultimately require him to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2015

Freedom to Connect – Long Term Muni Strategies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/freedom-to-connect-long-term-muni-strategies-3/

If you were not able to attend Freedom to Connect in New York on March 2 – 3, you can now view archived video of presentations from Chris and others. Now that the FCC has made a determination that may change the landscape of Internet access, it is time to consider the future of municipal… Continue reading