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Article, Rule filed under General | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2012

Local Food

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

A growing number of farmers are selling their products directly to consumers. Expanding localmarkets for agricultural products connects producers with eaters and increases farmers’ incomes by eliminating the middleperson.Food and dollars stay in town, transportation costs are minimized, anda connection between farmers and the community is fostered. Usingfarmers markets, community supported agriculture, and new statemarketing and inspection programs, a new turn towards local markets hasbegun. As these markets expand, local food systems are being rebuilt toreplace the centralized, corporate ones currently in place. Below arethe rules and trends that are driving such a transition. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2012

In Chattanooga, EPB Customers Rave, Comcast Customers Livid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-epb-customers-rave-comcast-customers-livid

Chattanooga’s community owned EPB Fiber Network continues to get positive reviews from subscribers in the local paper. And Comcast’s customers continue to complain. The Times Free Press Chatt… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2012

In Minnesota, Rural Fiber to the Farm Project Expands

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-rural-fiber-farm-project-expands

A rural Fiber-to-the-Farm project that started in Sibley County has added three new towns to its potential territory due to the extremely high interest in fast, affordable, and reliable connect… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Independent Businesses Report Strong Holiday Sales

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/independent-businesses-report-strong-holiday-sales/

An annual survey has found that independent businesses had strong sales growth over the holidays and appear to be benefitting from growing public interest in supporting locally owned retail stores, banks, restaurants, and other enterprises. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Poor State of US Broadband a Result of Poor Regulation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/poor-state-us-broadband-result-poor-regulation

I recently stumbled across a great point regarding the spectacular failure of the US (mostly the FCC, but Congress should certainly share some of the blame) to properly regulate broadband conne… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

SEATOA Conference Coming Up in Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seatoa-conference-coming-chattanooga

The SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has its annual conference in Chattanooga this year – March 12 and 13th. The conference includes a tour of EPB’s Gigabit ne… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

NATOA Encourages South Carolina Senate to Preserve Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/natoa-encourages-south-carolina-senate-preserve-local-authority

With AT&T again pushing a bill in South Carolina to revoke local authority to build community broadband networks, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers has se… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

Why Does Archbishop Nienstedt Believe Jesus Was Obsessed With Sex and Not Injustice?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-does-archbishop-nienstedt-believe-jesus-was-obsessed-with-sex-and-not-injustice/

A few weeks ago John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis wrote a widely publicized letter to a priest threatening to strip him of his “ministerial assignments” if he spoke out against a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In addition to banning dissent the Archbishop directed parishes to form committees to work… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2012

Kennedy School’s Innovation in Government Award – Nominate Now

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kennedy-schools-innovation-government-award-nominate-now

With all the great community broadband network projects out there that are owned by local governments, I hope readers will take some time to nominate some of them for the “Innovations in Americ… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2012

Georgia Legislature to Revoke Local Authority to Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-legislature-revoke-local-authority-build-networks

The Georgia Senate is considering SB 313, a bill that would overrule local decision-making authority in matters of broadband. Even as connections to the Internet have become essential for comm… Continue reading