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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2013

Merit Network Completes Another Segment in Rural Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/merit-network-completes-another-segment-rural-michigan

Last fall we shared news about the Merit fiber optic network moving across Michigan. An October 24th press release from Merit announced that engineers recently completed another 3,000 foot segment. The expansion created a 10 Gbps connection between Alpena and Powers, Michigan. Powers is a rural community of less than 400; approximately 10,000 people live in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2013

Common Cause Network Neutrality Comic

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/common-cause-network-neutrality-comic

We have reported on network neutrality many times in the past. This has been a policy debate on whether Internet service providers should be able to prioritize some content at the expense of others – should Comcast be able to charge me more to visit Fox News than it does to reach MSNBC? Should it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2013

Postcard to Welcome FCC Chair Tom Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/postcard-welcome-fcc-chair-tom-wheeler

As part of the Media Action Grassroots Network, we are releasing this postcard and have tweeted it to welcome FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and suggest an action the FCC should take. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2013

EDF Sells Green Cred to Walmart for the Low, Low Price of $66 Million

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/edf-sells-green-cred-walmart-low-price-66-million/

Environmental Defense Fund, a big cheerleader for Walmart’s sustainability efforts, gets about an eighth of its budget from the Walton family, the same folks who control Walmart. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2013

Election Day 2013 Community Owned Network Referendum Roundup

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/election-day-2013-community-owned-network-referendum-roundup

Starting with the good news, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly supported municipal network intiatives. Longmont voted 2:1 in favor of bonding to fast track network expansion. We have covered this issue in great depth recently. Read all of our coverage of Longmont here. The local paper covered the referendum results in this story: 2B’s passage means… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2013

Education SuperHighway Wants Better Broadband for Schools – Community Broadband Bits Episode #71

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/education-superhighway-wants-better-broadband-schools-community-broadband-bits-episode-71

This week’s podcast features an interview with Education SuperHighway CEO Evan Marwell to discuss how we can make sure all schools have the Internet access they need to succeed. Education SuperHighway has a plan for connecting all schools with a fiber connection while also decreasing the need for long term federal funding of school connectivity…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2013

Broadband is Complicated Piece of Seattle Mayor Race

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-complicated-piece-seattle-mayor-race

Seattle will choose its new mayor today in a race that was thrust into an unexpected media spotlight following the Washington Post story on Comcast contributions to the challenger. We covered it early from the perspective of how Comcast wants to send a message to other mayors that may challenge its effective monopoly. However, it… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

Five Steps To Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/steps-save-incredible-shrinking-post-office/

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000.  And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers. A frenzy of grassroots activity erupted as citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

As Emmetsburg Plans to Vote on Muni Network, Mediacom Misinforms

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/emmetsburg-plans-vote-muni-network-mediacom-misinforms

The Iowa community of 4,000 will take up Public Measure D on November 5th. Voters will decided whether to approve a $3.5 million bond issue to cover approximately half the cost to build a FTTH system. Incumbent Mediacom is distributing flyers throughout the community urging a “no” vote. Community leaders are doing their best to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Indie Trade Associations Form New Coalition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/indie-trade-associations-form-coalition-2/

In an exciting new development for the local economy movement, seven independent business organizations have come together to launch the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB), a new coalition dedicated to ensuring that locally owned, independent businesses succeed and thrive. ILSR helped the coalition get off the ground and is coordinating its work. We think building a national coalition will give independent businesses a stronger voice on critical public policy issues. Continue reading