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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2017

The Perils of Privatization – Episode 9 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-perils-of-privatization-episode-9-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews David Morris, a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the director of the Public Good initiative. The two discuss the climate surrounding privatization in our economy and how the incoming Trump administration will bolster these efforts nationwide.

Morris delves deep into the history of public infrastructure including explanations of how our language around the subject has changed over the years, privatization in other countries, and hope for the future. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 27, 2016: School Testing, Mass Incarceration, End of the American Dream, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-27-2016/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: High Stakes Testing Debunked | Do Unions Aid Student Achievement? | Inequality and Upward Mobility | Do Prisons Reduce Crime? | Uber Unmasked High Stakes Testing: Destructive and Ineffective Student scores on standardized tests have become a key factor, possibly the key… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – December 1, 2016: The Perils of Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-december-1-2016-the-perils-of-privatization/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Privatization of Everything |  Privatizing Education | Privatizing the Oceans Privatizing Municipal Services | A Resource Guide to Privatization The outcome of the Presidential election will make the word “privatization” will become central to our political conversations. We should… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – October 5, 2016: Privatizing Public Parks, Automatic Voter Registration, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-october-5-2016-privatizing-public-parks-automatic-voter-registration-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: The Supreme Court Decision That Prevented Real Integration | A Prison Strike Against Slavery | A Gideon for Civil Suits? | Automatic Voter Registration An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Privatizing Public Parks The Supreme Court Decision That… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Crawfordsville Municipal Network Purchased by Metronet in Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/crawfordsville-municipal-network-purchased-by-metronet-in-indiana/

Our Community Broadband Map documents over 400 communities where publicly owned infrastructure serves residents, business, or government facilities. We rarely hear of publicly owned systems sold to private providers, but it does happen once in a blue moon. Accelplus, the fiber optic FTTH network deployed by Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) in Indiana was… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 18, 2014

Chris Mitchell In Burlington, Vermont on September 19th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-in-burlington-vermont-on-september-19th/

Members of the Burlington community are hosting a luncheon on Friday, September 19th, to discuss ways to help keep BT local. Chris, as one of the leading experts on municipal broadband, will be leading the discussion. We have followed BurlingtonTelecom’s challenges and victories since 2008. The event is titled “How Do We Keep Burlington Telecom… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

To Save the Internet We Need To Own The Means Of Distribution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/save-internet-means-distribution-2/

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet:  owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government.  Owning the means of distribution is a traditional function of local government…. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2014

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/public-services-government/

Minneapolis will soon vote to shift nearly 180 privately owned bus shelters to public ownership following numerous complaints about the lack of maintenance and upkeep.  When it does it will join the burgeoning ranks of cities who have discovered that when it comes to public services government knows best. In the post-Ronald Reagan era Americans… Continue reading

filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2013

Stop the Presses: University of Chicago Discovers Regulation Works

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stop-presses-university-chicago-discovers-regulation-works/

On November 7 New York Times business columnist Floyd Norris writes about a study of a 2009 federal law intended to force down the hidden fees credit card companies impose on their customers. When Neale Mahoney, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, set out to evaluate the effect of that law,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

Five Steps To Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/steps-save-incredible-shrinking-post-office/

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000.  And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers. A frenzy of grassroots activity erupted as citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key… Continue reading