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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 19, 2014

A Localist Agenda: Policy and Politics for Building a Community-Scaled Economy (Video)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/localist-agenda-policy-politics-building-community-scaled-economy-2/

In this panel at the New Economy Coalition’s 2014 conference, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell, together with Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation and Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, talk about crafting a countervailing political narrative and shared policy framework for devolving economic power and building a community-scaled economy. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Displacing Injustice, Embracing Community: Lessons from Local New Economy Organizing (Video)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/displacing-injustice-embracing-community-lessons-local-economy-organizing-video/

This panel, held on October 17, 2014, as part of New Economy Week, raises the question: “How can we support neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions as the fertile ground for the kind of economy we need?” Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Sign Up Early for A Gig in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sign-early-gig-longmont-colorado

If you are in Longmont, you can sign up for gigabit service from LPC for only $49.95 per month. The Longmont Compass reports that customers who sign up within the first three months will retain that price point for an as yet undetermined extended period. AND, that price stays with the home if the customer… Continue reading

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

The Birth of Community Broadband – Video

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/birth-community-broadband-video

ILSR is excited to announce a new short video examining an impressive municipal broadband network, Glasgow Kentucky. Glasgow was the first municipal broadband network and indeed, seems to have been the first citywide broadband system in the United States. We partnered with the Media Working Group to produce this short documentary and we have the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2014

New York Media’s MetroFocus Talks With Chris About City Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-medias-metrofocus-talks-chris-about-city-wi-fi

In an effort to bring better connectivity to New Yorkers, the City is transforming old pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots. Rick Karr, reporter for MetroFocus from New York Public Media, reached out to ILSR’s Chris Mitchell to discuss the project. Chris and Karr discuss the challenges faced by lower income people in our digital… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2014

Comcast Named the Worst Company in America, Gets Yummy Cake

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-named-worst-company-america-gets-yummy-cake

Not everyone hates Comcast. Antennas Direct.com, helping cable TV customers cut the cord, recently surprised the corporate behemoth with a congratulatory confection. To our delight, they shared some moments from the experience. The Consumerist recently named Comcast the 2014 Worst Company in America. Based on customer comments in the video, clearly Comcast deserves this prestigious… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2014

Fun 30 Minute Mockumentary on Open Internet and Its Enemies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fun-30-minute-mockumentary-open-internet-and-its-enemies

Just a reminder for those who have not seen it yet… it is fun and was just awarded a webby! Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2014

Bill Moyers on Network Neutrality and Threat from Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-moyers-network-neutrality-and-threat-comcast

Bill Moyers has returned to again discuss Network Neutrality with guests Susan Crawford and David Carr from the New York Times. The show is embedded below and well worth watching, especially toward the end as Bill reveals the revolving-door between the top levels of the Federal Communication Commission and industry lobbyists. During the show, they… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2014

How Democratic Energy Fits the Rural Electric Philosophy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-fits-rural-electric-philosophy/

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell at the Electrons on the Run mini-conference in Alexandria, MN, on March 12, 2014.  The presentation illustrates how distributed renewable energy in the 21st century fits the rural electric utility philosophy of self-reliance and local economic development, just as providing local electricity… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connectarlington-offer-dark-fiber-services-local-businesses-virginia

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that… Continue reading