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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2017

Lighting Fiber & Opportunity In Roanoke Valley, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lighting-fiber-opportunity-in-roanoke-valley-virginia/

In October, the Rowan Oak Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA), celebrated the completion of a 25-mile expansion of its open access fiber network. The completion of phase II of the network comes soon after the RVBA established office space in September and after the RVBA announced that it will be connecting new apartments in downtown Roanoke. Growth Is Good… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2017

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grassroots-broadband-groups-grow-across-the-u-s/

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2017

Rural Internet Connectivity is a Campaign Issue In Virginia’s 2017 State Elections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rural-internet-connectivity-is-a-campaign-issue-in-virginias-2017-state-elections/

For years we’ve encouraged voters to make improving connectivity a campaign issue in local, state, and federal elections by pursuing answers from candidates. In this year’s Virginia Gubernatorial race, it has now become a topic that both candidates are addressing as a key issue. The Roanoke Times Editors, no strangers to the state’s struggles with rural Internet… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2017

What Neighborhood Retail Gets Right – Episode 27 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/neighborhood-retail-episode-27-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this week’s Building Local Power podcast episode, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell interviewed Gina Schaefer, a Washington D.C.-based founder of several Ace Hardware stores and a board member of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The two discuss a number of topics, including how her Logan Circle neighborhood reacted to her first store opening and the… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2017

Orange County And Its Schools Work For Fiber In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/orange-county-and-its-schools-work-for-fiber-in-virginia/

With a growing need for fast, affordable, reliable connectivity, an increasing number of schools are constructing fiber optic infrastructure to serve their facilities. In some cases, they partner with local government and a collaboration eventually leads to better options for an entire community. Schools in Orange County, Virginia, will be working with county government to build a… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Times Editors: Rural Virginia Deserves Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/times-editors-rural-virginia-deserves-better-connectivity/

People who live in rural America have known for a long time that urban areas have better access to Internet services. Recently, however, the issue has become a hot topic of conversation and analysis by policy experts, lawmakers, and the telecommunications industry. In a recent editorial by Virginia’s Roanoke Times, the outlet’s leadership explained why “Third… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 16, 2017

Electric Cooperative, County Collaborate To Expand Fiber-to-the-Home in Rural Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/electric-cooperative-county-collaborate-to-expand-fiber-to-the-home-in-rural-virginia/

Prince George County, Virginia, and its electric cooperative recently entered into an agreement that will allow Prince George Electric Cooperative (PGEC) to offer Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to certain areas in the county. The arrangement came after a successful pilot project that proved residents and businesses in the rural community were interested in better connectivity. The agreement… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2017

Despite Intense Bipartisan Opposition, Virginia’s Anti-Municipal Broadband HB 2108 Passes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/despite-intense-bipartisan-opposition-virginias-anti-municipal-broadband-hb-2108-passes/

On February 7th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 72 – 24 to pass HB 2108, otherwise known as “Byron’s Bad Broadband Bill.” The text of the bill was a revised version substituted by Del. Kathy Byron after Governor Terry McAuliffe, local leaders across the state, and constituents very handily let her know that they… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2017

Community Development Block Grants Aid Connectivity In Nelson County, VA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/community-development-block-grants-aid-connectivity-in-nelson-county-va/

This article was written by Community Broadband Networks initiative intern, Kate Svitavsky. Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is typically funded with revenue grants, interdepartmental loans, or through avoided costs at the local level. Part of the planning and infrastructure costs, however, can sometimes be covered by state and federal grants known as Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)…. Continue reading

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

Press Release: Despite Intense Opposition, Virginia Bill Still Seeks to Limit Municipal Broadband Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-despite-intense-opposition-virginia-bill-still-seeks-to-limit-municipal-broadband-authority/

Update: Virginia Bill (Still) Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority Delegate Byron’s “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act” Harms Everyone But Cable Monopolies Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The saga of limiting broadband competition in Virginia continues. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced he would veto HB 2108 in its current form because the goal of connecting Virginians requires “encouraging competition, not stifling… Continue reading