New Report: Small Business’s Big Moment

Date: 24 Jan 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the biggest challenges facing America’s towns and cities is leveling the playing field for small businesses. Our new report shows how civic leaders can use the American Rescue Plan to do just that, which will provide communities and local economies with lasting benefits for decades to come. … Read More

Chuck Marohn Explains What’s Wrong With America’s Roads — Episode 136 of Building Local Power

Date: 30 Sep 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell interview Chuck Marohn, President of Strong Towns. Chuck is also the author of the new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town, which explores what conventional transportation planning is costing our communities. … Read More

A Community Guide to Federal Funding Opportunities for Broadband

Date: 28 Sep 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This guide consolidates the different funding opportunities made available through various relief packages to assist communities interested in accessing federal funds to expand broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion services.… Read More

Amidst Fire Season, California City Devotes Relief Funds to Improve Communications Infrastructure

Date: 9 Sep 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For local governments, fast, reliable, and resilient Internet service is crucial for public safety communications. When flames engulf the region, relaying critical emergency information with speed is paramount. Seconds matter. It’s equally important for citizens to get timely information on the course of wildfires, receive alert notifications or evacuation orders, and be able to connect with friends and family. … Read More

Tuttle, Oklahoma Completes Its Citywide Fiber Broadband Network, Bringing Future-Proof Service To All

Date: 17 Aug 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ten years ago the local cable provider in Tuttle, Oklahoma (pop. 7,300) went bankrupt. After looking at community-owned networks around the country, city officials decided that it should invest for the well-being of its local economy and its residents, as well as to give local government the tools it needed to increase efficiency and save money. Its network, Tuttle Fiber, is complete today, and will deliver universal, fast, affordable, and locally accountable Internet access for decades to come.… Read More

New Fiber Broadband Project Near Ann Arbor, Michigan Hopes to Be a Catalyst for Economic Restoration

Date: 5 Aug 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the help of CARES Act funding, nonprofit economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK is collaborating with the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to undertake a broadband project that it’s hoping will really reestablish the region’s former reputation as a first-in-class industry and technology epicenter. The $2.4 million project will drive the installation of a new fiber backbone to attract businesses and, local leaders hope, spur broadband competition.… Read More

Report: Case Studies Detail How Tribes Are Expanding Internet Access

Date: 3 Feb 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from ILSR delves into the experiences of four Native Nations as they constructed their own Internet service providers. These case studies examine the unique challenges Native Nations confront as they seek to build Internet infrastructure and address the digital divide while also retaining the tribal sovereignty that is essential to their identity and heritage.… Read More

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