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

Date: 15 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

Date: 28 Aug 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Independent businesses are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity. But they’re disappearing in many places. This isn’t, in large part, because these businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policy and concentrated market power are working against them. In this policy brief, we present 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses have the opportunity to start, grow, and thrive.… Read More

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. … Read More

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

Date: 10 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Two Maine Communities Joining Forces For Dark Fiber, Internet Access

Date: 8 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Valuing Overlooked Resources Improves Life In Chicago: The Resource Center

Overview One organization in Chicago has figured out how to extract value from resources that the economy deems useless. The Resource Center works by coupling valuable resources that would otherwise become trash with valuable workers who would otherwise be unemployed. … Read More

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