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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 7, 2013

New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chains-walmart-foods-free-ride-taxpayers-expense-responsible-small-businesses/

State data reveal that Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and others offer such low pay and benefits that many of their employees rely on public assistance, at a cost of billions of dollars a year. Continue reading

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

In Idaho, Ketchum Sharing Strategic Plan, Seeking Survey Input

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/idaho-ketchum-sharing-strategic-plan-seeking-survey-input

In March, Ketchum leaders hired Magellan Advisors to work with the city Broadband Strategic Planning Committee to create a plan to address the lack of high-speed Internet, especially in the downtown area. Brennan Rego’s Idaho Mountain Express article reports the firm and the committee are now presenting their findings to the community in a series of… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2013

Vermont’s Standard Offer Renewable Energy Program: Episode 10 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/vermonts-standard-offer-renewable-energy-program-episode-10-local-energy-rules-podcast/

“A lot of the utilities don’t totally understand this new paradigm that’s coming.” David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years, and was instrumental in getting the state’s standard offer program (a feed-in tariff) passed in 2009.  He’s adamant that the state should accelerate its standard offer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2013

Medina County Offices Will Connect With Community Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/medina-county-offices-will-connect-community-network

The newly completed Medina County Fiber Network (MCFN) in Ohio will soon add Medina County government as the next customer. The Medina-Gazette reports the County Commission recently voted unanimously to enter into a five-year agreement with MCFN and drop Armstrong Cable. County Administrator Chris Jakab says the county will save $600 per month. Currently Medina County… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2013

Vermont’s ECFiber to Expand This Summer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vermonts-ecfiber-expand-summer

Good news for Vermonters who want connectivity from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network (ECFiber). The community owned network recently raised another $430,000 from local investors who purchased tax-exempt promissory notes. As a result, the nonprofit can now expand another 20 miles. Approximately 100 more households and businesses will soon have access. Twenty-three towns belong… Continue reading

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

Small Michigan Town Issues RFP for FTTH Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-michigan-town-issues-rfp-ftth-network

The community of Sebewaing, located in the “thumb” of Michigan is moving closer to its own FTTH network, which will be the first new municipal FTTH project in the state. Because of a state law impinging on local authority in Michigan, local governments must first issue an RFP and can build a telecommunications network themselves if… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 4, 2013

Understanding the Lifeline Program – Community Broadband Bits Episode #49

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-lifeline-program-community-broadband-bits-episode-49

The United States has long recognized that everyone should have access to a telephone and has established a variety of government programs to achieve that end. In recent months, the Lifeline program has come under attack and some have labeled it the “Obamaphone” program. In this week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Sarah Morris joins us… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2013

Rest in Peace, Senator Frank Lautenberg

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rest-peace-senator-frank-lautenberg

Today, we are deeply saddened at the news that Senator Frank Lautenberg has just passed away. Senator Lautenberg’s death is a loss for the nation as well as for our efforts to ensure communities have the authority to build Internet networks if they believe it a wise investment. The Senator and his staff have long… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2013

National League Of Cities Webinar on Local Broadband Solutions June 13

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-league-cities-webinar-local-broadband-solutions-june-13

The National League of Cities will be presenting a free webinar on June 13 on local broadband solutions. The event, titled Local Broadband Initiatives: Finding a Model That Works for You, is scheduled at 2 p.m. EDT. The speaker line up includes three leaders in policy, law, and implementation: Jim Baller, President, Baller Herbst Law… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 31, 2013

Accusation of Corruption in Favor of Time Warner Cable in North Carolina General Assembly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/accusation-corruption-favor-time-warner-cable-north-carolina-general-assembly

Veteran North Carolina legislator Rober Brawley resigned as Chairman of the state Finance Committee, reports local WRAL. According to WRAL’s @NCCapitol blog, the Republican from Iredall read his resignation letter during a recent floor debate. He criticized Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, questioning Tillis’ ethics and accusing him of special legislative favors specifically for… Continue reading