Dollar Stores Are Targeting Struggling Urban Neighborhoods and Small Towns. One Community Is Showing How to Fight Back.

Date: 6 Dec 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

National dollar store chains are expanding in urban areas and small towns across the country, much like an invasive species, they are disrupting local communities. Some are recognizing the impacts these small-box stores have on access to healthy food and a vibrant local economy; the city of Tulsa, Okla. in particular, has become a nationally recognized leader in fighting the proliferation of dollar stores. Highlighted here, local policy used in Tulsa and more general research on the trends in dollar stores provides communities with actionable strategies they can use to rein in these stores.… Read More

Reining in Dollar Stores (Episode 59)

Date: 15 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Co-hosts Stacy Mitchell and Marie Donahue speak with Tulsa City Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper. Earlier this year, the city council of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed an ordinance restricting dollar stores from building new locations in north Tulsa, a predominantly African-American area. … Read More

How This Small Oklahoma Town is Improving Rural Connectivity: A Road Trip to Sallisaw

Date: 1 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In rural northeast Oklahoma, the city of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, built a high-speed fiber network to their residents and then expanded Internet access their rural neighbors with fixed wireless. Sallisaw’s Internet department, DiamondNet, now serves about 2,600 customers in northeastern Oklahoma.… Read More

Field Trip To Oklahoma’s Lake Region Electric Cooperative & Fiber Network

Date: 5 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lake Region Electric Cooperative offers FTTH service to more than 1,000 homes in the rural communities around the city of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As with electrification, the cooperative is once again providing a much needed utility where no private company would go. This is the internetification of rural America.… Read More

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

Date: 16 Nov 2017 | posted in: agriculture, Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets details how our economy is tilted against family farms and rural communities, and how he’s working to build a political movement to change that.… Read More

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

Date: 27 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

Oklahoma’s Sallisaw Passes Resolution to Support FCC As It Considers Preemption

Date: 31 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sallisaw, home of DiamondNet, is the latest community to publicly express its desire to put telecommunications authority in the hands of the locals. On July 14, the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners approved Resolution 2014-17 in support of the FCC’s … Read More

Get a Gig in Oklahoma: Rural Cooperative Deploying FTTH in Northeast Corner of the State

Date: 18 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, serving a five county rural region, plans to begin offering gigabit service in its territory by the end of 2014. The cooperative has formed Bolt Fiber Optic Services to offer connectivity to approximately 32,000 homes and … Read More

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