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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-pharmacy-ownership-law/

On November 4th, North Dakota voters will decide whether to overturn a  long-standing, and forward-thinking, state law that mandates that only a licensed pharmacist may own and operate a pharmacy in the state.  Enacted in 1963, the goal of the Pharmacy Ownership Law is to ensure that the state’s pharmacies are run by people whose first… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by 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 http://www.muninetworks.org/content/california-law-offers-new-way-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

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

Rural Cooperative Launches Educational Network in Northern Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-cooperative-launches-educational-network-northern-georgia

There was some good news at the end of August in Georgia, just in time for the new school year: a fiber optic network spanning 3,600 miles and potentially tying together up to 330 schools with 10 gigabit connections was announced. Dubbed the “Education Exchange,” the network is the product of an agreement between the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Decorah Fiber Network Wins Civic Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/decorah-fiber-network-wins-civic-award

The town of Decorah, Iowa, population 8,000, lies along the winding banks of the Iowa River. So close to the river, in fact, that in 2008 its floodwaters swamped parts of the town, including the emergency operations center. That unfortunate event got city leaders thinking about how to ensure secure and redundant communications in future… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

The Dalles Pays off Its Network Debt Ahead of Schedule

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dalles-pays-its-network-debt-ahead-schedule

Of the more than 400 communities around the country that have built and benefitted from community networks, the town of The Dalles in Oregon may have a case for the title of “most bang for the buck.” Their commitment of $10,000 12 years ago to leverage a $1.8 million “QLife” fiber optic network has lead… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

The National Champion of Local Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-champion-local-business/

The Atlantic’s CityLab, September 26, 2014 The chichi clothing store Anthropologie has nearly 200 stores worldwide, and Stacy Mitchell thinks that’s plenty.  What has earned her ire in particular is the twee retailer’s pending arrival in Portland, Maine, where Mitchell grew up and now lives. This seaside city is often cited as one of America’s… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2014

Community-Owned Dark Fiber Expands in Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-owned-dark-fiber-expands-vermont

Last week, we criticized the draft version of the Vermont Telecommunications Plan for its conflicting goals, misplaced priorities, and all-around lack of vision. Fortunately for Vermonters, there are good things happening in the state as well: the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) and EC Fiber are partnering on a new 51 mile run of dark fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

Lexington Plans RFI for Gigabit Network in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lexington-plans-rfi-gigabit-network-kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, the second biggest city in the state with the second slowest broadband speeds in the nation, has announced plans to issue a request for information for a gigabit network within the next six months. The idea is to gauge interest from private providers in forming a public private partnership and get at least… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

Nonprofit ISP Offers “Big Gig Challenge” To Connect Northeast Ohio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/nonprofit-isp-offers-%E2%80%9Cbig-gig-challenge%E2%80%9D-connect-northeast-ohio

OneCommunity, a nonprofit ISP and data services provider in northeast Ohio, recently announced an interesting initiative to spur the expansion of fiber optic connectivity in the region – it will help pay the costs. For municipalities (or organizations with municipal support) that build “community-wide” networks with gigabit speed, OneCommunity is offering grant funds to cover… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2014

Vermont Draft Telecom Plan Fails to Deliver on Many Fronts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermont-draft-telecom-plan-fails-deliver-many-fronts

Last week, the Vermont Department of Public Service began a series of public hearings on the public comment draft of its State Telecommunications Plan. The plan is intended to asses the current state of the telecom landscape in Vermont, map out goals and benchmarks for the next 10 years, and provide recommendations for how to… Continue reading