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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 24, 2017

Commentary: Local Communities Deserve to Make their Own Choices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/commentary-local-communities-deserve-to-make-their-own-choices/

This article was originally published in Port Huron Times-Herald on November 14th, 2017. Recently, a Michigan state lawmaker went viral on the Internet — but for the wrong reasons. Last month, state Rep. Michele Hoitenga filed a bill that would preempt local governments from spending public funds to build community broadband Internet networks. Across the country,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2017

Protecting Communities from Gentrification

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/protecting-communities-from-gentrification-community-land-trusts/

We have a workable model for making housing affordable and protecting neighborhood residents from displacement: a Community Land Trust. Only one city to date has embraced it aggressively and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it began to do so when Bernie Sanders was its mayor. Now a coalition is pushing Baltimore to make a major investment in this model. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2017

Federal Communications Commission Complaint Reveals AT&T is Accused of Digital Redlining in Detroit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/federal-communications-commission-complaint-reveals-att-is-accused-of-digital-redlining-in-detroit/

In Detroit, AT&T is facing a formal FCC complaint accusing the telecom giant of deploying discriminatory “digital redlining” tactics. This is the second such complaint filed against the telecommunications giant since the first of the year. NDIA’s report does not specifically invoke race or ethnicity— opting for the phrasing ‘lower-income neighborhoods’. The socio-economic realities of these communities, a result of the banking industries mid-century redlining tactics, has become the impetus for new types of discriminatory investment in these same areas. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2017

Anti-Municipal Broadband Bill In Michigan Pulls No Punches

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-municipal-broadband-bill-in-michigan-pulls-no-punches/

Torpedo legislation aimed at municipal network initiatives don’t usually appear in October, but Michigan’s year-round legislature is making 2017 atypical. Last week, Freshman Representative Michele Hoitenga from the rural village of Manton in Wexford County introduced a bill banning investment in municipal networks. HB 5099 is short; it decrees that local communities cannot use federal, state,… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2017

Press Release: Michigan Sees the Introduction of New State Anti-Municipal Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-michigan-sees-the-introduction-of-new-state-anti-municipal-broadband-bill/

HB 5099 Seeks to Disallow Communities from Using Federal, State, or Local Funds to Improve Connectivity Michigan Representative Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduces bill to curb local options for improving Internet access Contact:​ Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton) introduced HB 5099, decreeing that local communities cannot invest federal, state, or even their… Continue reading

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 Aug 16, 2017

Voters Say “Yes!” to Fiber-to-the-Home in Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/voters-say-yes-to-fiber-to-the-home-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In a record high turnout for a non-general election, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters (622 votes) choosing yes and 34 percent (321 votes) voting no.   Geographically Close, Technologically Distant The community is located… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2017

Amazon begins hiring hundreds for warehouse work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-begins-hiring-hundreds-for-warehouse-work/

Michigan Public Radio – August 15, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is in the process of hiring full-time warehouse workers for its distribution center currently under construction in Livonia. In the past year, Amazon announced plans to build two warehouses in metro Detroit: the Livonia facility, and another in Romulus. … In a report… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2017

Despite promises to hire 1,600, study says Amazon will drain jobs from local economies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-promises-to-hire-1600-study-says-amazon-will-drain-jobs-from-local-economies/

Michigan Public Radio – July 27, 2017 Written by Tyler Scott Amazon is in the process of building two distribution centers in Michigan. The online retail magnate has received millions in state money as an incentive to build, and hire, in the Great Lakes state. Yet, researchers at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance suggest Amazon’s impact… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 26, 2017

Fiber-to-the-Home Funding On Summer Ballot In Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-to-the-home-funding-on-summer-ballot-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In August, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, will decide whether or not they want to approve a plan to invest in publicly owned fiber optic Internet infrastructure. It’s All In The Mills Voters are being asked to approve a millage increase of 2.9 over a 20-year period. In other words, property taxes will increase approximately… Continue reading