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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Amazon’s Big Assist from Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazons-big-assist-government/

A new study finds Amazon’s sales drop in states where it is required to collect sales taxes, revealing what Jeff Bezos has undoubtedly known for years: the company’s success, its track record of shuttering local businesses, is as much a product of government favoritism as it is of its own ingenuity. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at American Independent Business Alliance Conference, May 8 – 11

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-speak-american-independent-business-alliance-conference-may-8-11

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) brings the 2014 Go Local, Grow Local Conference to downtown Minneapolis May 8 – 11. Christopher Mitchell will speak at the conference on Friday, May 9, at 3:45 central. Chris will speak on creating local environments that help entrepreneurs thrive, including community networks.  AMIBA began in 1997 in Boulder,… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

FCC removal of state barriers for broadband: a victory for communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-local-governments-advance-super-fast-internet-networks-2/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2014 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews 612-808-0689 Rebecca@ilsr.org MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is excited to hear FCC Chairman Wheeler intends to remove barriers to community owned networks. Today at the NCTA conference, Wheeler said, “… if municipal governments—the same ones that granted cable franchises—want to pursue it, they… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Webinar: The Power of Community Composting

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

To kick off International Compost Awareness Week, ILSR and Highfields Center for Composting held a “The Power of Community Composting” webinar on May 5th at 4 pm. Brenda Platt, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Composting Makes $en$e project, presented. More information see here Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Michael Powell said What?? Why Everyone Should Ignore the Cable Lobby

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/michael-powell-said-what-why-everyone-should-ignore-cable-lobby

Stop and think for a second. Would you regard the electricity grid and water system as an abysmal failure or success? If you are lobbying for cable companies in DC, you apparently think they are monumental failures. Michael Powell, former Chairman of the FCC must be dizzy after his trip through the revolving door on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

MAG-Net Hosts Community Networks Discussion With Christopher

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mag-net-hosts-community-networks-discussion-christopher

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) recently hosted a Community Cohort Call titled Tech In The City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access. Chris Mitchell, Andrea Figueroa Martinez, John St. Julien from Lafayette, and other community broadband advocates discuss the current state of U.S. broadband infrastructure. Chris offers perspective on monopolistic behavior from current mega… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

Peering: Then and Now on Community Broadband Bits Podcast #96

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/peering-then-and-now-community-broadband-bits-podcast-96

This week we are welcoming Scott Bradner, a long time doer, writer, and thinker on Internet matters. Thanks to a listener request, we had already recorded an interview last week discussing peering before the news broke that the FCC would be allowing paid prioritization peering arrangements, which many have said represents the end of network… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

No Scale Advantage in Netflix Speed Ranking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/no-scale-advantage-netflix-speed-ranking

Netflix has continued to publish monthly rankings of ISPs average speed in delivering Netflix video content to subscribers. Though they first published data about the largest, national ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and the link, they have an expanded list with many more ISPs. I recognize two municipal networks on the expanded list of 60 ISPs…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

To Save the Internet We Need To Own The Means Of Distribution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/save-internet-means-distribution-2/

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet:  owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government.  Owning the means of distribution is a traditional function of local government…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2014

CenturyLink Seeks Apartment Buildings for Gigabit in Portland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylink-seeks-apartment-buildings-gigabit-portland

In the wake of Google’s announcement that Portland could be one of the next communities for the Google Fiber network, CenturyLink is circulating an offer to select apartment buildings to apply for CenturyLink fiber. This appears to be more than the standard fiber-to-the-press-release responses we often see from the big telephone companies that prefer to… Continue reading