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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

Press Release: ILSR’s Rural Cooperative Map resource now available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-ilsrs-rural-cooperative-map-resource-now-available/

Date: November 28th, 2017 New Map Shows Stunning Fiber Internet Access from Rural Cooperatives ILSR researchers chart how cooperatives connect rural America while big telephone companies abandon them MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Despite dismal rural connectivity in general, a small number of rural towns and farming communities have better Internet access than is available in most… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2017

Press Release: Colorado communities overwhelming reclaim local authority, reject telecom monopolies via ballot initiatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-communities-overwhelming-reclaim-local-authority-reject-telecom-monopolies-via-ballot-initiatives/

Colorado Voters Once Again Reject Monopolies in Internet Service at the Ballot Box All 18 voting communities opt out of restrictive state law, Fort Collins ensures municipal utility can provide broadband service Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Voters across the state of Colorado have, once again, rejected big telecom by opting out of a… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Press Release: Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association sets local election spending record in municipal ballot referendum on broadband connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-cable-telecommunications-association-sets-local-election-spending-record-in-municipal-ballot-referendum-on-broadband-connectivity/

Comcast Sets Fort Collins Election Spending Record Opposing Broadband Competition The Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association is spending almost half a million to deny residents a real choice in broadband Internet access Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ Campaign Spending Update – 11/6/2017: On November 3rd, Comcast’s front group Priorities First filed their most recent campaign report. The report showed… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Press Release: Colorado Communities Set to Reclaim Local Authority via Broadband Ballot Referenda, Rebuff Internet Access Monopolies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-communities-set-to-reclaim-local-authority-via-broadband-ballot-referenda-rebuff-internet-access-monopolies/

Colorado Communities Set to Reclaim Local Authority, Rebuff Internet Access Monopolies 18 communities across the state will vote to join nearly 100 of their fellows in investigating Internet infrastructure investments Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell, christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN — Tomorrow, 18 communities across Colorado will be voting to reclaim their local authority to end broadband monopolies. Since… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2017

Press Release: Comcast is spending scared in Seattle & Fort Collins local elections, facing threat of competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-comcast-is-spending-scared-in-seattle-fort-collins-local-elections-facing-threat-of-competition/

Comcast Spends Big on Local Elections in Seattle & Fort Collins The telecom giant would lose millions in revenue from real competition, new ILSR report says Contact:​ Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Comcast has a lot to lose from competition in broadband Internet access. That’s why the telecommunications giant is spending big in… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2017

Press Release: Cable Association Spends Big Cash in Local Colorado Ballot Referendum on Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-cable-association-spends-big-cash-in-local-colorado-ballot-referendum-on-municipal-broadband/

Comcast Spends Big to Oppose Broadband Competition in Fort Collins The Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association is spending hundreds of thousands to deny residents a real choice in broadband Internet access Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Big cable is trying to buy Fort Collins’ local election. A group largely funded by the 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, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2017

Press Release: Mayor Hodges’ Budget Would Make Minneapolis a National Clean Energy Leader

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-hodges-budget-energy-leader/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Cities across the country are grappling with extreme weather, rising sea levels, and an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many of them have committed to do what they can to address this crisis. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2017

Press Release: Amazon Angles for Subsidies in Search of Second HQ

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-amazon-subsidies-hq/

In response to Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking a location for a second North American headquarters, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, issued the following statement:

“Amazon’s announcement that it’s opening a search for a second North American headquarters is only the latest play in Amazon’s long-time strategy of financing its growth through public subsidies. Over the last decade, as Amazon has mastered this strategy, it’s come to employ site location experts and lobbyists in its efforts to pit local and state governments against each other for the largest subsidy package…. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2017

Press Release: Minneapolis Mayor’s Proposed Budget Unlocks $2M+ for Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-minneapolis-franchise-fee/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — A few weeks ago, cities across the country responded to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord with their own commitments. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses Continue reading