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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

City Council Moves Forward on Muni Project in Ellsworth, Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/city-council-moves-forward-on-muni-project-in-ellsworth-maine/

The Ellsworth City Council voted on February 9th to proceed with the first steps to developing yet another municipal fiber network in Maine. Community leaders plan to develop open access fiber infrastructure. Five ISPs have already expressed an interest in working with the city to provide services via the network. Ellsworth is home to approximately… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-2/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-5/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2015

ILSR Joins Independent Business Groups in Pushing for Disclosure of Corporate Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-joins-independent-business-groups-pushing-disclosure-corporate-subsidies/

ILSR joined other members of the Advocates for Independent Business coalition in submitting a joint public comment letter in support of a landmark proposal to require local and state governments, as part of their financial reporting, to annually disclose the tax breaks and incentives they have provided to corporations in the name of economic development. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2014

California Law Offers New Way to Finance Broadband Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/california-law-offers-new-way-to-finance-broadband-projects/

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that may make building community networks in his state just a bit easier. The memorably-named “Assembly Bill No. 2292” allows broadband projects to be included among the types of public works that can be financed using Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs). IFDs are entities… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2014

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/first-muni-fiber-net-in-maine-community-broadband-bits-episode-115/

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the financing behind the network and their partnership with local Internet… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2014

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rockport-builds-maines-first-municipal-network/

Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider GWI offering retail services.  The reach of the network is limited, as it consists of… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Bozeman Kicks Off Broadband Planning Effort

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bozeman-kicks-off-broadband-planning-effort/

With a meeting on July 17th of city officials, local residents, institutional stakeholders, and technology consultants, Bozeman officially began its process of creating a master plan for its Broadband Initiative. The process will be lead by Design Nine, a consulting firm based in Virginia, and will include a survey of existing assets and needs, feasibility… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2014

Rural Indiana Looks to Tax Increment Financing to Build Fiber Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-indiana-looks-to-tax-increment-financing-to-build-fiber-networks/

Wabash County, Indiana wants to expand its access to high speed internet through a fiber optic network build out, and is planning to use a distinctive financial tool to do so. The Wabash County Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of assigning a special Economic Development Area designation for the purpose of helping to finance… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Banning Public Subsidies for Big Retailers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/banning-public-subsidies-for-big-retailers/

Over the last twenty years, cities and counties have provided massive public subsidies to finance the construction of big-box stores, shopping malls, and, most recently, Amazon.com warehouses. Continue reading