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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

DSL Described as “Obsolete” by the American Enterprise Institute

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

“The vast majority of Europeans still only have DSL service available, which we in the United States consider really almost an obsolete technology now.” – Jeffrey Eisenbach, Director of the Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute. For the second time this year, one of the major defenders of the cable and… Continue reading

Rule filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Access to Capital for Local Businesses

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

A significant share of locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow.  Our 2014 Independent Business Survey found that 42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one.  Another survey by the National Small Business Association likewise found that 43… Continue reading

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

Bill to Boost Broadband in Minnesota Struggles in Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-to-boost-broadband-in-minnesota-struggles/

In a revealing video about the Internet access problem in rural Minnesota, Annandale City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp describes her town’s struggle with connectivity. The video is the latest in a series on the Minnesota Senate DFL YouTube page intended to shed light on the critical situation in the state. Hinnenkamp describes broadband in the areas… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2014

Could Minnesota’s “Value of Solar” Make Everyone a Winner?

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

On Wednesday, Minnesota became the first state to allow utilities a new method of contracting with distributed solar producers, called the market-based “value of solar.” If adopted by utilities, it will fundamentally change the relationship between solar-producing customers and their electric utility. Following Minnesota’s Value of Solar Process? Here are a few resources: Part 1… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/circuit-court-fcc-you-can-restore-local-authority-build-community-networks

As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its Open Internet (network neutrality) rules as proposed several years ago. But the court nonetheless found that the FCC does have some authority to regulate in the public interest, particularly when it comes to something… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-minnesota/

In May 2013, the Minnesota state legislature passed, as part of an omnibus tax bill, legislation that will require out-of-state sellers to collect state sales taxes if they 1) use in-state sales affiliates and 2) make more than 100 sales to Minnesota residents or generate more than $100,000 in sales to Minnesota residents. The law will take effect on July 1, 2013. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2013

ILSR Monitors Georgia Legislation to Kill Municipal Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-monitors-georgia-legisation-to-kill-muni/

Once again, the Georgia General Assembly is considering a bill that would devastate local communities’ right to build their own telecommunications networks. ILSR is monitoring this House Bill 282 as it moves through through the Senate and House. The bill, misleadingly called the “Municipal Broadband Investment Act,” creates barriers to any municipal network in areas… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-vermon/

In 2011, Vermont passed a law requiring remote sellers to collect sales tax if they make more than $100,000 in sales a year through in-state sales affiliates (such as those used by Amazon). However, the law will not take effect until 15 other states have adopted similar laws. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-georgia/

In March 2012, Georgia passed a provision (the relevant section begins on page 50) clarifying that remote retailers with in-state affiliates acting as sales agents must collect and remit sales taxes on purchases made by state residents. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by admin | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness

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

Current federal policy exempts online and mail-order retailers from having to collect state and local sales taxes, giving them a sizable 4 to 9 percent price advantage over local stores. Advocates of a level playing field are calling on Congress to remedy this inequity by passing the Main Street Fairness Act. Meanwhile, New York state is leading the way in using existing state authority to require that large online retailers be subject to the same sales tax requirements as local businesses. Continue reading