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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2017

Verizon Will Cut Off Rural Subscribers In Thirteen States, You Listening FCC?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/verizon-will-cut-off-rural-subscribers-in-thirteen-states-you-listening-fcc/

A recent proposal being considered by the FCC that has raised the loudest outcry has been the status of mobile broadband in rural areas. Now that Verizon is discontinuing rural subscriber accounts, the FCC will be able to see those concerns come to life. Dear John… The company has decided to cut service to scores of customers in… Continue reading

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

Co-ops and Counties Improving Indiana Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/co-ops-and-counties-improving-indiana-connectivity/

Like other states with significant rural populations, local communities in Indiana have been working to come up with ways to improve connectivity for residents and businesses. Two more areas in Indiana can expect better connectivity as county government invests for economic development and a rural electric co-op decides its time to offer Internet access to… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2017

Indiana Eases Easements For Electric Cooperatives, Allows Fiber Infrastructure Investments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/indiana-eases-easements-for-electric-cooperatives-allows-fiber-infrastructure-investments/

The State Legislature in Indiana sent SB 478 to Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this session; he recently signed the bill into law. Also known as the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, the new law allows electric cooperatives with easements for electric lines to use those same easement for fiber infrastructure. The change in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2017

Rural Solar At Risk As Co-ops Push for Less Oversight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-solar-at-risk-as-co-ops-push-for-less-oversight/

Minnesota’s governor recently vetoed anti-renewables legislation that threatens rural solar development, but the bill’s likely resurgence means the state remains among a growing crop of Midwestern states facing the prospect of heavy-handed limitations on solar growth. The Minnesota legislation would have exempted rural electric cooperatives from all oversight of distributed generation policy by state regulators,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2016

AT&T Tries to End the Magic of One Touch Make-Ready

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/att-tries-to-end-the-magic-of-one-touch-make-ready/

On the border of Kentucky and Indiana a fight is brewing as AT&T and Google Fiber have both announced plans to bring Gigabit Internet service to Louisville, Kentucky. Home to over half a million, the city could see major economic development with new ultra high-speed Internet access, but there’s a problem: the utility poles. AT&T… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | 15 Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2015

For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dark-store-tax-tactic-makes-big-box-stores-terrible-deal-for-cities/

Under what has become known as the “dark store” method, big-box retailers are declaring their busy stores to be functionally obsolescent and therefore nearly worthless for tax purposes —and they’re winning big judgments for back taxes. It’s the latest example of the way that, even as local governments continue to bend over backwards to attract big-box development, these stores are consistently a terrible deal. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Crawfordsville Municipal Network Purchased by Metronet in Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/crawfordsville-municipal-network-purchased-by-metronet-in-indiana/

Our Community Broadband Map documents over 400 communities where publicly owned infrastructure serves residents, business, or government facilities. We rarely hear of publicly owned systems sold to private providers, but it does happen once in a blue moon. Accelplus, the fiber optic FTTH network deployed by Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) in Indiana was… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2014

Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-indiana-looks-to-tax-increment-financing-to-build-fiber-networks/

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2014

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/midwest-solar-market-hot-not/

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download… Continue reading