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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

Show Me Solar: Parity, Value, and Opportunity for Solar Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/show-solar-parity-value-opportunity-solar-power/

What can solar power do for a single state? How about 21% of its energy, $14 billion in economic activity, and over 150,000 jobs. At a discount to existing electricity costs. Without subsidies. ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, John Farrell, shared this message with the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association on Feb. 1, 2014 in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

Kansas Community Benefits from Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-community-benefits-community-owned-networks

Even though the Kansas cable lobby have temporarily retracted their competition-killing telecom bill, we still want to highlight the benefits of preserving full home rule, local authority by focusing on a number of communities, including Chanute, Ottawa, and Erie. Chanute We have reported on Chanute’s municipal network for years. The community leveraged its electric utility assets… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

UTOPIA Again Targeted by Bill in State Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utopia-again-targeted-bill-state-legislature

Kansas is not the only place where the cable and telecom lobbies are attacking publicly owned networks. Jesse Harris from FreeUtopia.org reports that State Rep. Curt Webb has introduced HB60, aimed at UTOPIA. From the story: As the bill is currently written, UTOPIA wouldn’t just be prevented from building to people willing to pay for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2014

A Roadmap for the FCC To Ensure Local Authority to Build Networks – Community Broadband Podcast #84

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roadmap-fcc-ensure-local-authority-build-networks-community-broadband-podcast-84

When the DC Circuit Court handed down a decision ruling against the FCC’s Open Internet (network neutrality) rules, it also clarified that the FCC has the power to overrule state laws that limit local authority to build community networks. Harold Feld, Senior Vice President for Public Knowledge, joins us for Community Broadband Bits Episode #84… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2014

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onlight-aurora-partners-city-better-connectivity-illinois

Nine years ago, Aurora officials decided it was time to reduce telecommunications costs and upgrade to a faster, more reliable network. The local government built a fiber network to service municipal government, but developed long-term ideas for the network to benefit the entire community. Nonprofit OnLight Aurora now uses the City’s fiber optic network to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2014

Cable Industry Dumps Dark Money into DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-industry-dumps-dark-money-dc

The Center for Public Integrity released data last year showing some of the ways big cable companies are distorting our republic by funnelling millions into political groups working to further the interests of massive corporations rather than local businesses and citizens. The head cable lobbying group, the National Cable & Television Association, collects some $60… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2014

Baltimore Mayor: You Can’t Grow Jobs with Slow Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-mayor-you-cant-grow-jobs-slow-internet

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sees expanding Internet access as a justice issue and wants to make sure every Baltimore resident benefits from City assets, including fiber optic cables. To that end, the City is examining how it can use its conduit and fiber to improve Internet access. We have previously covered Baltimore and its consideration… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Kansas Anti-Competition Bill Authored by Cable Lobbyists

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-anti-competition-bill-authored-cable-lobbyists

We learned a lot today about the anti-competition bill (SB 304) in Kansas to limit Internet network investments. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin discovered the source of the bill, the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association: That’s a lobby group with members such as Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Time Warner Cable. The bill was introduced this week,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Businesses Mount Opposition to Anti-Competition Cable Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/businesses-mount-opposition-anti-competition-cable-bill-kansas

In a very quick turnaround, a number of prominent companies have signed on to a letter opposing the Kansas bill to block competition for existing Internet providers, like Time Warner Cable. Firms signing the letter sent to the Commerce Committee include Alcatel-Lucent, American Public Power Association, Atlantic Engineering Group, Calix, CTC Technology & Energy, Fiber… Continue reading