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

Madison, Wis. Asks for Proposals for Building Citywide Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/madison-wis-asks-for-proposals-for-building-citywide-fiber-network/

Last year, Madison’s CIO Paul Kronberger spoke with Christopher about the city’s pilot project to bring better connectivity to several lower-income areas. They also discussed the community’s separate plan to deploy dark fiber infrastructure across the city. The city recently released its Request for Proposals as they seek a partner for deployment for a Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network. Final… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2016

RePower Madison Challenges Old Electric Monopoly Model

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/repower-madison-challenges-old-electric-monopoly-model/

An unconventional approach to grassroots organizing in Wisconsin’s capital city has in recent years tipped incumbent utility Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) toward policies that favor consumers and renewables, a distinct shift in a state held back for years by entrenched monopolies with outdated business plans. This is part of a series released in October… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2015

Cap Times Weighs In on Mayoral Race, Muni Broadband, and Free Internet: We Need It!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cap-times-weighs-in-on-mayoral-race-muni-broadband-and-free-internet-we-need-it/

The Madison Cap Times recently ran an editorial focusing on the surprising nature of mayoral races. We were also surprised – pleasantly so – to read the intention of the editorial board (emphasis ours): The Capital Times will add its proposals to the mix, with a special focus on using emerging technologies to promote high-wage… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 3, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-october-3-2014/

“The Times, they are a-changin” quoted Chairman Wheeler this week in St. Paul. And with it, must come faster Internet speeds if the United States is going to keep up in the competitive economy. Multichannel’s John Eggerton reported on Wheeler’s visit to the National Association of Telecommunications Officer and Advisors (NATOA) conference this week, where… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2005

Madison Limits Footprint of Big-Box Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/madison-limits-footprint-bigbox-stores/

By an 18-1 vote, the City Council in Madison, Wisconsin, endorsed a measure that would limit retail stores to a footprint of no more than 100,000 square feet. Stores may be larger if they are multi-story or have structured or underground parking. A 100,000-square-foot store covers about the same land area as two football fields and typically requires at least twice as much land for the parking lot. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2001

Madison Residents Say No To Walgreens, Push Alternatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/madison-residents-say-no-walgreens-push-alternatives/

Residents of a Madison neighborhood were shocked to learn in early December that a 20-year-old local grocery store would be closing its doors. Ken Kopp, owner of Ken Kopp’s Fine Foods on Monroe Street, one of the last independent grocery stores in the city, announced he was retiring. Unable to find a buyer for the grocery business, Kopp planned to sell the property to a developer who intended to build a 14,000 square foot drive-through Walgreens. Continue reading