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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Missourian Tells Story of Rural Community Without Business-Quality Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missourian-tells-story-of-rural-community-without-business-quality-broadband/

Directly north of Springfield, Missouri, sits Hermitage, a rural community of less than 500 residents. With only a few more than 200 households in Hermitage, it isn’t surprising that none of the big incumbent providers want to install the infrastructure to offer businesses or residents high-quality connectivity. A recent Missourian article described what it’s like for businesses in… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Matthew Marcus | No Comments | Updated on Nov 30, 2017

Electric Cooperative Provides Southeastern Missouri Counties with Fiber-to-the-Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-provides-southeastern-missouri-counties-with-fiber-to-the-home/

Southeastern Missouri residents in three counties will soon have Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) available through the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative. The new project marks yet another opportunity for rural residents and businesses to obtain high-quality connectivity from their electric service providers. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2017

Supporting Family Farming in the Age of Monopoly with Joe Maxwell (Episode 33)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/family-farming-blp-episode-33/

“A competitive marketplace is fundamental to how our country should work,” says Joe Maxwell. In recent years, though, many markets have stopped being competitive, including food and farming. In this episode of in this episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast, Maxwell sits down to talk about it with Stacy Mitchell, ILSR’s co-director.

Maxwell, the former Lt. Gov. of Missouri, is now executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets. He’s also the president and CEO of Family Farm Action, a coalition of family farmers and advocates that’s building the “political muscle” to fight for farmers and communities. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms. (Episode 32)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sustainable-agriculture-blp-episode-31/

Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. Today’s guest, John Ikerd, was one of those economists — that is, until the farm crisis hit in the 1980s. Ikerd took a… 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 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

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2017

Press Release: Missouri’s Leading ALEC Legislator Introduces Broadband Barrier Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-missouris-leading-alec-legislator-introduces-broadband-barrier-bill/

Missouri’s Leading ALEC Legislator Introduces Broadband Barrier Bill Senator Emery (R-Lamar) is favoring big corporations over competition  Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The chairman of ALEC’s Missouri operation, State Senator Ed Emery, introduced a bill earlier this year that would limit the power of municipalities to provide competition on Internet service, instead favoring… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Press Release: Missouri Senate Bill 186 Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-missouri-senate-bill-186-seeks-to-limit-municipal-authority/

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Another year in Missouri and another bill from the big telephone companies to limit broadband competition in the state house. The bill introduced by Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), SB 186, seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers.

SB 186 imposes unworkable restrictions on local governments to prevent “competitive service,” which includes both retail and wholesale models – preventing municipalities from working with private sector partners. The bill establishes onerous hurdles for communities attempting to engage in a feasibility study and discourages them from pursuing a chance to serve their residents, businesses, and municipal facilities. Much of this bill’s language comes from last year’s rejected HB 2078. Continue reading

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

Companies, Associations Call On Missouri Committee To Kill Anti-Municipal Broadband SB 186

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/companies-associations-call-on-missouri-committee-to-kill-anti-municipal-broadband-sb-186/

As SB 186 sits patiently in committee, advocates of better broadband from the private and public sectors are banding together to share their thoughts on the bill. They believe that the bill will stifle attempts to improve connectivity throughout the state. In a recent letter to the Chair and members of the the Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, they laid out the other reasons why SB 186 should not advance. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2017

State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/state-bills-to-block-municipal-networks-start-in-missouri-virginia/

With each new legislative session come the new bills from the incumbents aiming to limit competition. We typically expect at least one and begin looking for them early in January as legislatures begin assembling in state capitols; this year the anti-muni efforts begin in Virginia and Missouri. “Show-Me” Your Bill Missouri’s communities have been the… Continue reading