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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

Featured Article filed under Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Washington, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/brief-history-of-solid-waste-management-and-recycling-in-washington-dc/

The history of solid waste and recycling in the District of Columbia is long and diverse. In the early years of the 20th Century low-income girls and women were hired to pick through garbage on sorting tables to recover materials. In the more recent past, recycling of newspapers and metals was a key fundraising tool… Continue reading

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

Times Editors: Rural Virginia Deserves Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/times-editors-rural-virginia-deserves-better-connectivity/

People who live in rural America have known for a long time that urban areas have better access to Internet services. Recently, however, the issue has become a hot topic of conversation and analysis by policy experts, lawmakers, and the telecommunications industry. In a recent editorial by Virginia’s Roanoke Times, the outlet’s leadership explained why “Third… Continue reading

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

Frontier Is A No-Show: Rural Wisconsinites Looking For Promised Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/frontier-is-a-no-show-rural-wisconsinites-looking-for-promised-connectivity/

It’s been about two years since the people of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, learned that Frontier Communications received federal funding to expand Internet access in their region. Now, they’re wondering why Frontier has still not started construction of promised infrastructure. A Long Road To Nowhere The community has been seeking ways to improve local connectivity for years…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2017

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/two-maine-communities-joining-forces-for-dark-fiber-internet-access/

The communities of Calais and Baileyville in Maine are joining forces and investing in fiber optic infrastructure. Recently, the city councils in both communities along with the local economic development corporation decided to construct a publicly owned dark fiber network. They’ve also chosen a local firm to construct it. Dark Fiber The idea for the project started in 2015 when the Downeast… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2017

Curb Sort Recycling is a Viable Option in Rural and Urban Settings

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/curb-sort-recycling-is-a-viable-option-in-rural-and-urban-settings/

ILSR has been looking into curb sort recycling in an effort to help citizens of Fayetteville, Arkansas defend their curb sort system against efforts to change to a single stream system. Follow this link to one of ILSR’s articles on the matter. Maria Kei Oldiges, an intern with ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Initiative, helped research… Continue reading