Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

Date: 26 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) agreed … Read More

Austin, Minnesota Releases Fiber Network Feasibility Study Results

Date: 28 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Austin has been thinking about getting a gig for a while now. The city of 25,000 near Minnesota’s southern border had campaigned to be picked for the initial Google Fiber deployment, but was disappointed when Google selected Kansas City instead in 2011. As with some other cities around the country, however, the high profile Google competition … Read More

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

Date: 11 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local businesses … Read More

Findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey

Date: 19 Feb 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This presentation presents the key findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey. It includes new data on the impact of “buy local” campaigns; a ranking of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, from online competitors to the difficulty of obtaining financing; and information on the public policy changes that small business owners believe would most help their businesses.… Read More

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

Date: 6 Feb 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete.… Read More

New Survey: Independent Businesses Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

Date: 6 Feb 2014 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) — A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete.

The survey was conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) coalition.… Read More

Sun Prairie Ponders Fiber Network Investment in Wisconsin

Date: 27 Jan 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Sun Prairie City Council met on January 14th to discuss a possible investment in a municipal fiber network. Thank you to local resident Jonathan Kleinow for alerting us to developments in the south central Wisconsin town. The Star published an article about the meeting in which The Motive Group presented information to the Committee of … Read More

Consumer Reports Ranks Independent Bookstores #1

Date: 1 Dec 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an extensive survey conducted by Consumer Reports, 88 percent of respondents said they were either completely satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at independent bookstores. Independents not only out-ranked internet and chain bookstores, but their exceptionally high rating put them "on a par with the highest-rated stores from any Consumer Reports survey in recent years." … Read More

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