North Dakota’s Exceptional Fiber Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 288

Date: 9 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 288 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles … Read More

With Healthcare Middlemen Controlling Prescription Drug Prices, There’s a Better Model for Pharmacy Care

Date: 5 Apr 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s a small group of powerful companies, called pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, that increasingly controls the prices of prescription drugs. The results of this market power include higher costs, worse outcomes for patients, and diminishing competition. A new article in the American Prospect looks at the problem and what state and federal governments should do about it, including such solutions as North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law.… Read More

Powering a Political Revolution, North Dakota’s Non-Partisan League – Episode 4 of the Building Local Power Podcast

Date: 3 Nov 2016 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, the co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative about the history behind North Dakota’s Non-Partisan League. In this podcast, Morris goes into detail on the League’s political influence and how their policies set North Dakota on a trajectory of local ownership and a tradition of fighting concentrated economic power. He also notes that North Dakotans are still fending off challenges from major banks and pharmaceutical chains, and that the tradition of local ownership is strong throughout the state.… Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 9

Date: 12 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Susan Crawford’s latest piece on municipal broadband discussed a real problem that mayors of communities can have a definite impact in helping resolve: the digital divide. Think of that divide, now amplifying and entrenching existing social problems in your city, as … Read More

In Big Win for Local Ownership, North Dakota Votes to Keep State’s Pharmacy Law

Date: 5 Nov 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At North Dakota polls on Tuesday, local ownership was the winner. The state voted overwhelmingly to keep its forward-thinking Pharmacy Ownership Law, defeating Measure 7, the Walmart-funded effort to overturn it. Final returns came in with 59 percent of the vote in favor of the law, the Fargo Forum reports.… Read More

Why North Dakotans Should Vote to Keep the State’s Unique Pharmacy Law this Election Day

Date: 3 Nov 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This Tuesday, North Dakota voters will decide the fate of the state’s Pharmacy Ownership Law. Those working against the law—namely Walmart, which has sunk more than $3 million into a front group called North Dakotans for Lower Pharmacy Prices—contend that abandoning the long-standing policy would lead to an increase in the number of pharmacies serving North Dakota. Our research suggests just the opposite.… Read More

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